Cyclists can apply for £50 vouchers towards the cost of repairing a bike after a fourth batch was released by the Government.
Here are 10 key questions about the Government’s Fix Your Bike scheme.
– What is it?
As part of measures to encourage cycling during the coronavirus pandemic, the Government is offering people in England £50 vouchers to be used towards the cost of repairing an unused bike “gathering dust at home”.
– How do I get a voucher?
Visit fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk to apply.
Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 150,000 released on Tuesday was the fourth batch, bringing the total to 400,000.
Up to half a million vouchers are due to be made available before the scheme closes.
– What happened when the scheme launched?
The first batch of vouchers was released in July 2020, but the website soon crashed.
People attempting to log on were told: “Due to extreme volumes of traffic this resource has been temporarily paused.”
– Once I’ve got hold of a voucher, how do I use it?
Find a repair shop participating in the scheme and book your bike in for a check-up.
– What do the vouchers cover?
They can be used towards the cost of making a bike safe for use on public roads.
Upgrading roadworthy parts or buying removable accessories such as lights or helmets is not included.
– How far will £50 stretch?
The voucher will normally cover the cost of a standard service and replacement of a basic component such as an inner tube or cable.
– What happens if my bike needs several or more expensive new parts?
Cyclists will need to cover costs in excess of £50.
– Is there a limit on how many vouchers I can get?
Only one voucher can be claimed per person.
– What happens when the vouchers run out?
Further Department for Transport funding enables charity Cycling UK to organise free maintenance and repair sessions across England through its Dr Bike scheme.