As part of the Government’s plan to boost walking and cycling they are offering £50 vouchers towards getting your bike repaired. An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online later today on a first come, first served basis. You will be able to sign up here when registration opens at 11.45pm on Tuesday 28 July.
The Prime Minister has also announced bikes will be available on the NHS as part of the strategy. GP’s in areas with poor health will be able to prescribe cycling, with patients able to access bikes through their local surgery.
The Prime Minister said cycling and walking have ‘a huge role to play’ when tackling both health and environmental challenges.
'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,' he said.
'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.'
What can I do with the £50 voucher?
If you have a bike that needs repairing to make it safe to use, the Government voucher will give you up to £50 to spend on getting your bike ready for the road. The Government eligibility states, ‘as there are a limited number of vouchers available, please consider the needs of others before applying for a voucher and do not delay making planned repairs outside of the scheme should your circumstances allow it’.
The voucher can only be spent at participating repairers or mechanics and only two vouchers can be claimed per household.
In response to the news, British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:
‘We’re absolutely thrilled by today’s announcement by the Prime Minister, which I know will feel particularly sweet for our 165,000 members, who have provided invaluable support for our campaigning on a number of these issues over many years.
‘Working with Cycling UK, Sustrans, Living Streets, Ramblers and the Bicycle Association, as part of the Walking and Cycling Alliance, we have been able to provide Government with an irrefutable case for active travel, and I know that our organisations will have just as vital a role as we work together to transform Britain into a country which chooses cycling and walking first.’
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