The Department for Transport has released formal details of how local bike repair services and retailers can get involved in the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme – encouraging as many businesses as possible to provide support to the initiative.
Why? The scheme hopes to build on the recent increase in cycling, both for leisure and as an alternative to commuting via public transport or by car. Current government guidelines on social distancing has seen a huge revival in the general public using bikes as their mode of travel. It is hoped that the scheme will also further reduce the number short journeys that are made by private car.
Where? Eligible businesses all over the UK are currently being encouraged to sign-up to participate in the scheme via: https://fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk/. Any business applying to register must have valid liability insurance. A full list of terms and conditions is provided on the registration page.
How? Once registration has closed the scheme will eventually be opened up to people who have a bike that is old or in need of repair to claim a voucher to the value of £50. The voucher will be used as credit towards the necessary repairs or servicing to get them back on the road and can be used for up to two cycles per household. Businesses can then claim back the cost of the discount and receive refunds on a weekly basis.
Registrations are now open for bike repair businesses that want to take part and further details will be released soon for members of the public to apply for vouchers.