There’s never been a better time to get on your bike than the summer of 2020. It’s not only a much healthier option than taking the Tube or bus, but also a much better way of experiencing all the great things that London has to offer.
If that were not reason enough, the government recently provided us with yet another good reason to get on our bikes. It’s called the Fix Your Bike Scheme and it is promising cyclists up to £50 towards the cost of having their bikes repaired.
The initiative is part of the Conservatives £2 Billion investment in promoting healthier modes of transport. The plan will “help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand”.
The initiative will help fund pop-up bike lanes, protected spaces for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said of the scheme: “During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling – whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future, we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air, and healthier communities”.
As part of the initiative, the government have not only launched the cycle repair scheme but also a related Cycle to Work scheme, which will give employees a discount on the purchase of a new bike.
The Fix Your Bike Scheme is open to all, with up to two bikes per household covered by the initiative. The vouchers are valid for two months and available on a first come, first served basis from the Energy Saving Trust website.
Repairs have to be carried out at participating dealers, however, but you can find a list of dealers here.
So, now you’ve got absolutely no excuse not to get that rusty old bike out of the shed, do you?
More information about the government’s Fix Your Bike scheme can be found here.