How to get your hands on free £50 bike vouchers
The initiative is part of the Government’s plan for a new “golden age of cycling”
Tue, 07/28/2020 – 11:32
The Government is handing out free £50 vouchers so cyclists can get their bikes fixed – but act quickly because only 50,000 are available.
The Department for Transport has launched the scheme as part of a plan to get people fit as the country comes out of lockdown.
The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused cycle in need of a repair.
How many vouchers will be made available?
The Government says that due the anticipated demand during the coronavirus pandemic, the vouchers will be released in batches to manage capacity across participating stores.
Initially, only 50,000 vouchers will be made available.
Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England, and up to two vouchers can be claimed per household.
Why has the scheme been launched?
Launched 24 hours after the Government’s anti-obesity campaign, it is the latest move to get the nation fitter.
The Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme has been set up to encourage more people to embrace cycling, boost the number of commuting and leisure trips, and promote an alternative to public transport, while social distancing measures are in place.
It also aims to help reduce the number of short journeys made by private cars.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: “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.”
An Evans spokesperson says: “The new voucher scheme presents a fantastic opportunity to help revive any bike that might benefit from a bit of care and repair. We hope the public embrace the opportunity of the funding, so that more people can discover that life really is better by bike.”
Halfords chief executive Graham Stapleton says: “We think the Government’s ‘Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme’ will not only help individuals become more confident about keeping their bikes maintained, but will help speed up the cycling revolution.”
How to claim your voucher
You can claim your voucher from 11:45pm on 28 July 2020, you can apply for a £50 voucher on the Energy Saving Trust website.
Take your bike in to your chosen repairer to be fixed, using the voucher to cover up to £50 of the total cost of the repairs needed.
If the repairs come to more than £50 you will have to pay the difference.
Only two bike vouchers can be claimed per household and only one voucher can be used per bike.
Which retailers are taking part?
Major cycle retailers which have signed up to the scheme so far include Evans and Halfords.
Vouchers can only be used with bike repair businesses that are registered for the scheme, so make sure you check with you local shop first.
Businesses that want to take part can do so by registering on the Energy Savings Trust website.
If you want to find out where you can repair your bike there is also this handy map.