Thousands more Scots to get on their bikes as Cycling UK repair scheme returns
- Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme will provide free bike repairs to those who need them most
- Scheme coordinated by charity Cycling UK and funded by Scottish Government
- Easy to access – simply contact nearest participating outlet to book repair
Thousands of people across Scotland are set to get pedalling following the relaunch of a scheme offering free bike repairs.
The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme will encourage people to get old bikes out of storage and back in use, as well as keeping well-used bikes pedalling smoothly and safely.
The free repairs of up to £50 per person will be of particular help to people who would not otherwise be able to afford to get their bikes fixed up.
Cycling UK is working with bike shops across Scotland to provide 20,000 free repairs and maintenance, funded by the Scottish Government.
Over 200 bike shops, from Kirkcudbright in the south to Lerwick on Shetland in the north, are already signed up to the scheme, with many more expected to join in the coming days.
Accessing the scheme is simple – just contact your nearest participating bike shop or mechanic and get your repair booked in.
All cycles are welcome on the scheme, including adults’ and children’s bikes, e-bikes and non-standard cycles such as trikes, tandems, cargo bikes and recumbents. People who use manual wheelchairs are also eligible to access free repairs.
The first phase of the scheme ran between August 2020 and May 2021, when 31,562 repairs were carried out by 332 cycle repair providers across Scotland. 77% of participants used their repaired cycles for journeys previously made by car, showing that with support, more people would cycle for short everyday trips.
Whether it’s popping to the shops or commuting to work, cycling boosts people’s physical health, wellbeing and saves them cash
Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK
Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK’s head of development for Scotland, said:
“This scheme will once more fix the nation’s flat tyres and loose brakes, to get people pedalling again. Finances are tight for many people at the moment, so the scheme is targeted at people who can’t easily afford to get their bikes fixed up.
“Whether it’s popping to the shops or commuting to work, cycling boosts people’s physical health, wellbeing and saves them cash. It's also a low carbon form of transport, tackling climate change and helping Scotland meet our NetZero ambitions as Glasgow hosts COP26 this week. We want to make sure these benefits are available to as many people as possible.
“The scheme has been a huge success previously – getting thousands of people cycling and supporting hundreds of Scottish businesses – so we’re delighted to bring it back.”
Minister for Active Travel, Patrick Harvie, said:
“We need to reduce car use and make it easier for people to choose walking, wheeling and public transport. The new funding for the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme by Cycling UK is just one way that we’re helping people do that and it is welcome that the scheme has already supported over 31,000 repairs so far.”
Notes to editors
- Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often. www.cyclinguk.org
- Through the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, bike shops and mechanics across Scotland are providing up to £50 worth of free cycle and wheelchair repairs to those who need it most – whether it’s for an old bike that needs some work to make it roadworthy, or one that’s well used but requires some care. Up to £100 is available for non-standard cycle repairs. www.cyclinguk.org/scotcyclerepair
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