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Big Bike Revival offering free repairs to England's cyclists

Will Strickson
3 Jun 2021

Cycling UK initiative, now in its seventh year, supports new and returning cyclists to get their bikes in working order on the spot for free

Cycling UK's Big Bike Revival has returned, marking World Bicycle Day by offering cyclists in England the chance to get their bikes checked and fixed on the spot for free.

The initiative aims to get new and returning cyclists safely on the roads, running events in over 300 communities across the country to make people's out-of-use bikes safe to ride, with Cycling UK estimating that one in three people in the UK have access to a bike.

Now in its seventh year, the Big Bike Revival has reached over a quarter of a million people and last year switched gear to aid key workers in safely getting to work without getting public transport.

Sarah Mitchell, chief executive of Cycling UK, said, 'I like to think of our Big Bike Revival as a combination of a free MOT and service for the nation's bikes – making sure they're all in tip top condition for a summer of cycling ahead.

'England fell in love with cycling during the lockdown and through the Big Bike Revival we'll be looking to keep that love alive as we run public events and small, social group rides across the country.

'After more than a year of limited social contact, we're keen to start helping those who want to cycle connect with new people, boost their wellbeing and build their confidence on two wheels.'

This year the programme has government backing, having received a £2m funding package from the Department for Transport.

Chris Heaton-Harris, cycling minister, said, 'Cycling is great for your health, the environment and for easing congestion on our roads so we're delighted to be suporting this vital initiative with £2m funding.

'By helping more people take up cycling and spruce up their bikes, this scheme will go a long way in promoting active travel and achieving our vision for half of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030.'

To find out more about the Big Bike Revival, which will run until 31st December, visit cyclinguk.org/bigbikerevival

Photo: Joolze Dymond/Cycling UK

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