£50 bike repair vouchers: How to claim your bicycle repair discount

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

The government’s bike repair voucher scheme is up and running as the latest batch has been released.

There will be up to half a million £50 vouchers provided in total to help people get their bikes fixed, as authorities try to get more people cycling.

Registration for the latest batch of 50,000 vouchers was released on Monday (November 16).

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.

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

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

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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.

There are also alternatives to the bike vouchers, as charity Cycling UK runs the Big Bike Revival scheme, which provides free repairs to communities across England in pop-up Dr Bike sessions.

James Scott, Cycling UK’s director of behaviour change said: “With winter approaching, having a safe, roadworthy bike is critical if people who took up cycling earlier this year are to feel confident to continue to cycle as the weather gets colder and the days are shorter.

“We are pleased to see the Government has made more of its £50 bike repair vouchers available to help people to go online and get help to continue cycling. There has been great demand for this service, and we are pleased that Cycling UK’s own Big Bike Revival project is continuing to deliver pop-up Dr Bike sessions in more than 200 locations across England to help meet the demand for bike-fixing services.

“The two schemes have complemented each other well, meaning that wherever you live in England, you are not far from a bike shop or a delivery centre a skilled mechanic can help ensure you are ready to continue to enjoy the many benefits of getting back on a bike.”