Big Bike Revival 2020
Cycling UK is delighted to deliver the Big Bike Revival across England. The programme's success is built on following the Fix-Learn-Ride model, to support new and returning cyclists to choose the bike for utility and leisure cycling through teaching skills, fixing bikes and delivering led rides.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the added complications of teaching or riding in groups, increased focus has been placed on fixing bikes through the Big Bike Revival for Key Workers programme which has run this spring and summer.
As the country enters the next phase of the response to the crisis, Cycling UK has committed to extending this offer across the country via pop-up bike mechanics delivering Dr Bike sessions in local communities over a three-month period.
The pop-up Dr Bike sessions will be available nationwide and Cycling UK is working with organisations who are developing bids to deliver these sessions. Some of our network of delivery centres have already organised Dr Bike sessions for key workers, but anybody at all is able to access the upcoming events - including children - to help build on the cycling habits of the next generation.
I'm a mechanic, how can I get involved and deliver pop up Dr Bikes?
If you're an independent bike mechanic, part of a team in a bike workshop, or not for profit cycling organisation, you can apply for a grant of up to £3000 to deliver the programme and provide Dr Bike sessions. Grants will be provided to organisations through an open application process. Those organisations who are currently delivering the Big Bike Revival for Key Workers and have spent the funding are being encouraged to apply for this tranche of funding to build on what they have already achieved, and ensure the quick roll-out of Dr Bike sessions. Organisations need to demonstrate that they are able to provide:
- Qualified and experienced mechanics to complete free bike health checks to ensure cycles are safe to ride.
- Equipment to carry out minor adjustments and replace some small parts if required, e.g. brake cable and pads, puncture repair/tube replacement, adjusting gears.
- Where bikes require further servicing or larger repairs, the owner will be sign-posted to a local retailer participating in the Government Repair Voucher scheme, which compliments the project.
The Big Bike Revival pop-up Dr Bikes programme will be rolled out across England and from August 15 to November 15.
Full guidance on how to apply is available online and the application process will close on 9 August.
In addition to fixing bikes, there will also be work to build on legacy and support from Cycling UK to encourage increased cycling levels to be sustained.
I own a bike, how can I get it checked and fixed at Dr Bike?
If you’re a cyclist and own a bike that needs fixing, our poster below tells you the types of minor repairs and safety checks you can expect when turning up at a Dr Bike.
Once the programme goes live on 15 August, all participating organisations will be displayed on our map. To benefit, all you need to do is contact your nearest one directly, to find out the availability of dates.
I'm a Key Worker, how can the Big Bike Revival help me?
If you are a key worker in need of help with getting your bike on the road or getting access to a bike, our delivery partners can still help you. Please contact the centre closest to you for more information.
For advice on cycling through the coronavirus pandemic, see our Q&A.