Cyclists can now access a new scheme to claim a free £50 voucher to help fix their bikes, in an initiative which opened this week.
The scheme was announced by transport secretary Grant Shapps earlier this year, as part of a £2billion package to get people cycling and walking more.
The repair scheme, which is offering 500,000 vouchers to cyclists, is being monitored by Downing Street whilst “working closely” with the cycling industry to gauge its success.
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.”
How do I get my voucher?
Claim your voucher by registering at the Energy Saving Trust’s website. As the scheme is anticipated to be popular, the Government are releasing the vouchers in phased stages to help manage capacity across participating bike retailers, including Halfords and Evans Cycles. Not all bike shops are taking part, so check before heading out with your voucher.
The voucher will be emailed to you with a unique code, which you can redeem by printing out, or showing the retailer on your phone.
Vouchers can only be redeemed against repairs, so bike accessories are not included in the scheme as the goal is to make sure your bike is roadworthy and fit for purpose. They can be used for the following types of repair:
- Repair or replace tyres, tubes, wheels and related components
- Adjust, repair or replace braking system components
- Adjust, repair or replace transmission system components.
- Repair or replace other essential components which prevent safe use of the cycle e.g. deteriorated grips or saddle
- Repair or replacement of components for permanently fitted lighting systems