Fix your bike scheme: How to get a free £50 voucher to repair your bicycle

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left), alongside Darren Henry, Conservative MP for Broxtowe, at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston near Nottingham to launch of a strategy to get more people cycling.
Boris Johnson in Beeston near Nottingham to launch the government's strategy to get more people cycling. Credit: PA

The government is offering £50 bike repair vouchers to anyone in England to persuade people to get back on their bike, as part of efforts to tackle obesity.

But it's proved so popular in the first 24 hours of launching that it's already run out of vouchers.

Vouchers are released gradually reflect the capacity of the bike repairers signed up to the scheme and more will be available "as soon as possible", the website said.

Boris Johnson, an avid cyclist himself, announced the scheme alongside other measures, including GPs being able to prescribe cycling to people in disadvantaged areas.

Here's how the scheme works and how you can get a voucher:

You can register to apply online for the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme from 23:45 on Tuesday 28th July.

After you apply, you can bring your cycle to a mechanic or bike repairer that has also registered to take part in the government's scheme, to get your bike fixed.

The voucher will cover up to £50 of the total cost of the repairs needed.

The first 50,000 vouchers will be made available online on Tuesday at 23:45 in England on a first come, first served basis to those who register online.

The voucher will cover up to £50 of the total cost of the repairs needed. Credit: PA

Who is eligible for the scheme?

Anyone living in England who has an unused bike that needs repairing is eligible.

But, there are some limitations. There are a limited number of vouchers available and up to two vouchers can be claimed per household.

The vouchers can only be used with mechanics and bike repairers that register for the scheme in England.

The scheme aims to get Brits moving again by providing an alternative to public transport and limiting the number of trips in private cars, in an effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic as lockdown is eased.