Fourth batch of ‘fix your bike’ vouchers available
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the news on Twitter. He Tweeted: “Today I’m announcing another 150,000 Fix Your Bike vouchers to give away, helping people get their bike road-ready for Spring. The last batch went in under 48hrs, so be quick!”
The fix your bike scheme was first launched in July but cyclists trying to obtain one of the first batch of vouchers faced technical issues and website error messages. A second batch of vouchers were released in November, and a third earlier this month.
The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused bike in need of a repair.
Due to overwhelming demand for cycle shops’ services during the pandemic, vouchers are being released in batches in order to help manage capacity across participating stores.
Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England. Only one voucher can be claimed per customer. A full list of terms and conditions and eligibility criteria is provided when you register.
The Department for Transport said: “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.”
Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England. You should be able to book an appointment online or over the phone so you can avoid making unnecessary trips in person, but check this with your chosen repairer.
The scheme aims to encourage more people in England to cycle as an alternative to using cars, particularly for work and essential journeys while social distancing measures are in place during the pandemic.
The government said up to half a million vouchers will be released in total.