New Government Scheme Offers £50 Vouchers To Get Your Bike Fixed
The initiative aims to encourage more people to get about on two wheels to help tackle obesity, fight the spread of coronavirus and protect the environment.
An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online at 11.45pm on a first-come, first-served basis. They are being released in batches to manage capacity and the workload at repair shops, with further vouchers to be rolled out in due course.
They can be used at mechanics or repair shops that have also registered with the scheme and cover up to £50 ($64) worth of repairs, with any excess costs paid as usual. Up to two vouchers can be claimed per household.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said cycling has a 'huge role to play' in tackling health and environmental challenges.
He said: "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.
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"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."
Cycling and walking have a huge role in tackling some of the health and environmental challenges that we face.
Our £2bn cycling strategy will encourage more cycling with thousands of miles of new bike lanes, and training for those who want to learn. pic.twitter.com/PwYtqXpdd1
- Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) July 28, 2020
The scheme is one of numerous measures announced by the government designed to tackle obesity, with Public Health England research indicating that overweight or obese people are at greater risk of serious illness or death after contracting Covid-19.
Consequently, GPs in disadvantaged areas will be able to prescribe cycling to patients, who will be granted access to bikes through their local surgery.
It is also hoped that increased cycling will help to minimise public transport use during the pandemic, reducing the chance of the virus spreading between commuters.
As you might expect, Halfords is feeling pretty happy about this big cycling push and has registered with the Fix Your Bike voucher scheme, with thousands of repair slots available.
Chief executive Graham Stapleton told the BBC: "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."
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