Free £50 'Fix Your Bike' vouchers available again - but go quick as they're likely to run out fast
Cyclists in England can once more get their hands on free 'Fix Your Bike' vouchers worth £50 as the Government has today released a third tranche under the scheme.
Update: 15 March 2021: As predicted, the Fix Your Bike voucher scheme was hugely popular and all of the 150,000 vouchers allocated for the third batch have now gone. The Department for Transport says further vouchers will be released in due course, and it expects the next tranche to follow more quickly than the last when there was a four-month gap. In the meantime, see our MoneySaving Tips for Cyclists guide for help cutting cycling costs.
To try to ease pressure on bike shops, the vouchers have been released in batches. The first and second batch of vouchers - released in July and November last year - were snapped up within hours, so go quick if you want one. The Government has warned there are only 150,000 vouchers available this time round, so only get a voucher if you really need it and will use it.
To use the scheme you simply need to:
- Apply for a free voucher. You can do this via the Fix Your Bike website.
- Find a Fix Your Bike voucher scheme-registered bike mechanic to repair your bike. See this list of participating bike shops and mechanics. You have 90 days to book a repair and the repair then needs to take place before 31 August 2021.
- Take your bike and voucher code to the repair business and receive up to £50 off the cost of the repair. You should be able to book an appointment online or over the phone so you can avoid making unnecessary trips in person, but check this with your chosen repairer. There's no minimum spend but you will have to pay the difference if the repairs cost more than £50.
Only one voucher can be claimed per person and you can't claim a voucher if you've done so already. Not all types of repair will be covered, so check with your mechanic first. Repairs covered include repairing or replacing tyres, tubes and wheels, for example. See our guide for more info on how the Fix Your Bike scheme works.
The scheme aims to encourage more people in England to cycle as an alternative to using cars, particularly for work and essential journeys while social distancing measures are in place during the pandemic. See our MoneySaving Tips for Cyclists for more tips on how to cut the cost of cycling.
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