Latest batch of in-demand £50 bike repair vouchers released

The fourth batch of the Government's £50 bike repair vouchers has been released
The fourth batch of the Government's £50 bike repair vouchers has been released (PA Archive)
10:16am, Tue 30 Mar 2021
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The fourth batch of the Government’s highly sought-after £50 bike repair vouchers has been released.

Some 150,000 vouchers were made available to people in England on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the scheme is “helping people get their bike road-ready for spring”.

He urged cyclists to “be quick” as the previous batch was taken within 48 hours.

The £25 million project was launched in July 2020 as part of Boris Johnson’s £2 billion plan to boost active travel.

Up to half a million vouchers will be released in total.

They normally cover the cost of a standard service and replacement of a basic component such as an inner tube or cable.

Cyclists who want to benefit from the initiative must register on the fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk website.

Paul Tomlinson, cycling director at retailer Halfords, which is participating in the programme, said: “Since the scheme launched in July, we have helped repair thousands of bikes and helped to relieve pressure on public transport while many are still unsure about making essential journeys.

“We are seeing unprecedented demand for bike services and it’s happening against a backdrop of a huge demand in cycling.

“As cycling brings so many benefits, it’s fantastic to see that this growth looks set to stay – if not increase – and as the country slowly starts to reopen, we are thrilled that more people are considering cycling more frequently than before.”

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