Half a million £50 bike vouchers: How to claim your bicycle repair discount and how bike shops can register

Cycling is being encouraged as public transport capacity will be limited post-coronavirus due to social distancing measures

The UK government has provided more details on a bike voucher system to help increase the number of two-wheeled journeys in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Up to half a million £50 vouchers will be provided to help people get their bicycles repaired in a move the government hopes will also improve the public’s fitness and reduce air pollution.

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Registrations for members of the public who want to apply for a voucher open at 11.45pm on Tuesday, July 28 via the Energy Saving Trust website.  The scheme is only available in England.

Bike repair businesses have registered to take part in the scheme if they meet the eligibility requirements (including holding £2 million public liability insurance).

Evans Cycles and Halfords have both confirmed they are taking part in the scheme.

To claim your voucher, you can visit the Fix Your Bike scheme website here to register for a code. You can then take your bike into a registered by shop to claim your £50 discount on a service.

Evans says the cost of their Road Ready Service is £35, with the remainder of the voucher being put towards additional parts or repairs.

Halfords customers can visit the Halfords website to book their bike maintenance slot, either before or after they have registered for their voucher.

When the system is up and running bike owners will be able to find a participating bike shop via the Energy Saving Trust website and can then apply for a voucher.

You can then take your bike in to be fixed, using the voucher towards the cost. You can then claim the cost of the discount (up to £50 per bike) back through the Energy Saving Trust website. The trust will refund the bike owner on behalf of the government on a weekly basis.

This scheme was previously announced alongside a host of fast-tracked policies including pop-up bike lanes and statutory guidance to councils to improve cycling facilities, with the Government hoping that more people will cycle as public transport capacity will be limited due to social distancing measures.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said during the daily coronavirus briefing that public transport will see at best a fifth of its usual travellers in the immediate aftermath of lockdown easing and a gradual return to normality.

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“Previously, we announced the introduction of a scheme to bring bicycles back into a roadworthy condition, relieving the pressure on public transport and improving the nation’s health,” Shapps said.

“Today, I can provide the detail of the new £50 bicycle maintenance voucher. Available from next month, the scheme will help up to half a million people drag bikes out of retirement, speed up the cycling revolution and help individuals become fitter and healthier and reducing air pollution, which remains a hidden killer.”

Update 28/07 : The government has finally released details of when the public can register for their vouchers,

Registration will open cyclists from 11.45pm on Tuesday, July 28 – just visit the Energy Saving Trust website here to apply for your discount,

The scheme will only be open to people in England.

Halfords and Evans Cycles have both confirmed they will be taking part in the scheme.

Evans says it has expended its team of mechanics by 32 per cent in anticipation of the new scheme, with four dedicated bike-building hubs being set-up to ease the burden on their regular workshops.

The high street chain will also be offering up servicing within 24 hours guaranteed (subject to availability of parts), with all pre-booked services being carried out within a day.

Halfords customers can visit the Halfords website to book their bike maintenance slot, either before or after they have registered for their voucher.

Once you’ve booked a slot, the Halfords mechanic will carry out a free 32-point check and will diagnose any faults or repairs needed. The store can then carry out the repairs or you can return at a later data. The voucher will be put towards the cost of the repairs.

Update 22/06: The government has now  released new details on how the scheme will work and opened registrations for bike repair businesses that want to take part.

Bike shops must be in possession of a valid public liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2million to be eligible, with a full list of terms and conditions available when registering.

Repairers can apply to be part of the scheme on the Energy Saving Trust website here.

Members of the public will be able to apply for the vouchers “in the coming weeks,” the government said.

The bike owner will find a registered bike mechanic to fix their bike. A map of eligible shops and mechanics will be available on the Energy Saving Trust website when the scheme launches to the public. The bike owner will then apply for a voucher, then when they take their bike in to be fixed they will use the voucher towards the cost.

You can then claim the cost of the discount (up to £50 per bike) back through the Energy Saving Trust website.

The Energy Saving Trust will refund you on behalf of the government on a weekly basis.