Do you own a bike that hasn’t been used for a while and which isn’t roadworthy? Maybe the tyres have perished or the brakes don’t work and this is preventing you from riding it? If you’ve got a bike like this, you will soon be able to apply for a £50 voucher towards the cost of repairs to get it safely back on the road.
What is the ‘Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme’?
The ‘Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme’ is being set up by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to encourage more people in England to embrace cycling, to boost the number of low carbon, low pollution trips and to promote an alternative to private cars and public transport, particularly while social distancing measures are in place.
The scheme is open to anyone who has an unused bike in need of a repair in order to make it safe to ride.
You will be able to apply for a maximum of two vouchers per household, with each voucher worth £50 towards the overall cost repairs, per bike.
The EST are busy registering participating cycle repair businesses, and we’ll let you know as soon as the scheme is open to the public so you can apply for your £50 voucher.
Recyke y’bike have met all the repairer eligibility criteria and are already successfully registered and set up to accept your vouchers!
What is and what isn’t covered under the scheme?
There are terms and conditions for everything, here is a brief explanation of the scheme, what is required for eligibility and what is covered…
- The cycle owner must be over 18, with two forms of ID (photographic and address)
- The repairs must be necessary to make the bike roadworthy and fit for purpose
Repairs CAN include…
- Repair or replacement of tyres, tubes, wheels and related components
- Adjust, repair or replace brake system components
- Adjust, repair or replace transmission system components
- Repair or replace other essential components which prevent safe use of the cycle
Some things NOT included in the scheme…
- Replacement or upgrade of existing safe and roadworthy components
- Replacement or repair of removable lighting accessories
- The purchase of parts and accessories for you to repair your own bike
If you have a voucher, is all the repair work free?
Each bike and each repair will be different and not every bike will be repairable for £50. Some repairs will cost less and some will cost more, in some cases it could be a lot more.
Vouchers will cover up to £50 per bike towards the service and parts that need replacement. If the final repair cost is less than £50 then you are fully covered. However, you will need to pay the remainder if the cost is greater than £50. In each case, we will give you an estimate of the total repair before accepting your bike and your voucher code.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
We’ll publish more information about the ‘Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme’ as soon as we have it, together with more details of the voucher process and how we are operating it.
We really want to get as many bikes out of those garages as possible and this scheme might just give you the boost to start that journey.
Remember, if you have a bike hanging around that you don’t ride anymore, and the scheme isn’t for you, then please consider donating it to Recyke y’bike. You can find out more about donating your bike, cash or your time here.