“Fix your bike” scheme launched

28 July 2020

The government is launching a scheme that offers £50 worth of bike repair vouchers to people in England, in the hope that it will encourage people to begin cycling and walking. Initially, 50,000 vouchers will be made available online on a first-come, first-served basis, from 23:45 on Tuesday 28 July.

It has also been confirmed that bikes will be made available on the NHS, and GPs will be able to prescribe cycling, as part of the government’s strategy to tackle obesity. This is due to the fact that individuals who are classed as being overweight or obese are more likely to become seriously ill, or die, due to coronavirus.  If more people begin walking and cycling, A positive impact would also be had on the environment.

In order to help to manage capacity, the “Fix Your Bike” vouchers will be released in batches, which will also allow the government to monitor the scheme prior to its roll out more widely. £50 should be enough to pay the bill for a standard service and the replacement of any basic component of the bike.  It can be applied to up to two cycles per household, and is available for use by anyone who has an unused cycle that needs fixing.

There are also plans to create new protected cycle lanes, arrange cycle training for children and adults, and a bid to make the first zero-emission transport city in the UK, in order to get people both walking and cycling.


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