‘Fix your bike’ voucher scheme launched
If you are a keen cyclist and have an old bike gathering dust at home, you can apply for a £50 voucher to get it repaired.
The Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme, which has been launched by the Government today, Tuesday 28th July, allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle.
Due to overwhelming demand for cycle shops’ services during the pandemic, vouchers will be released in batches in order to help manage capacity across participating stores. The first 50,000 will be available on a first come first served basis to those who register online.
Registrations for members of the public who want to apply for a voucher open at 11:45pm on 28th July 2020 on the Energy Saving Trust website: https://fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk
PM Boris Johnson has also launched a strategy today of thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription.
The new plan aims to build on the significant increase in the number of people cycling during the pandemic. It sets out a comprehensive, long term vision to increase active travel and embed the benefits of walking and cycling into how we live, work and get around.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “From helping people get fit and healthy and lowering their risk of illness, to improving air quality and cutting congestion, cycling and walking have a huge role to play in tackling some of the biggest health and environmental challenges that we face.
“But to build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support in place to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels.
“That’s why now is the time to shift gears and press ahead with our biggest and boldest plans yet to boost active travel – so that everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling.”