Free bicycle repair scheme goes live across Scotland

The scheme will be available on the first-come basis.

A new scheme that will see cyclists get free bicycle repairs worth up to £50 has been launched.

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, designed to encourage active travel and get older bicycles back on the road, will be available at around 100 shops across the country after going live on Monday.

A total of 30,000 bike repairs or maintenance jobs will be part of the Scottish Government scheme on a first-come basis.

With no registration required, cyclists will only need to attend the participating shops before the £1.5m fund has expired.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme is a critical part of our Covid-19 response and a key element in our wider green recovery.

“This will keep the many people who have rediscovered cycling during the lockdown period on their bikes through the winter.

“I’m pleased to see the increases in cycling and I’m confident active travel will play a big part in helping to manage demand on our public transport network.”

The scheme is being delivered through Cycling UK, which promotes the use the bicycles.

Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK’s head of development for Scotland said: “This scheme will help to fix flat tyres, loose brakes and clunky gears to get people across Scotland on their bikes.

“We know that the coronavirus crisis has hit many people hard, so if you’d struggle to afford the repairs you need right now, this scheme has got you covered.”

Find out your nearest participating bike shop here.

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