Fifty bikes were handed out to children in Colchester during the February half term in a bid to get people on two wheels. 

The Essex Pedal Power scheme, also gave free training at Colchester Academy's visitor car park over four days.

The eager youngsters were put through a variety of exciting activities, with confidence boosting rides on nearby roads.

Each participant not only received a bike, but were further equipped with a helmet, lock, pump, and lights.

Natalie Sommers, portfolio holder for communities, said: "This is such a great project.

"We are always so delighted when we see one of our bikes out on the roads.

"Hopefully, the children who have benefited this week will be able to find some newfound freedom and head out on adventures together as well as cycle to school.

"What makes the project so special is the volunteer workforce behind the scenes.

"Seven local people have been working with the project mechanic to assemble each bike in the warehouse in Colchester.

"We are so proud and grateful to our volunteers.

"Some started helping out a couple of hours a week and now spend two days beavering away in the workshop and also helping out in the community at Fix It and Giveaway sessions."


Since May 2023, Essex Pedal Power has been helping residents within assigned postcode areas to get moving on two wheels.

The Greenstead-based project has so far distributed 187 bikes to targeted residents, aged between eight and 76.

In addition to the bike handouts, the team plans to organise workshops for residents to learn how to fix their bikes.

Led rides and other cycling activities are in the pipeline to provide further support and camaraderie within the cycling community.

There are plans to set up cycling groups and training is available for those interested in becoming ride leaders.