The introduction of government bike vouchers is set to encourage people to dig out their old bikes in hopes of reducing the strain on public transport.

Of course, cycling is also much healthier and a great way to keep active, which feels more important than ever at the moment.

In the wake of Boris Johnon’s recent address, the UK public is understandably concerned as many begin to return to work. Social distancing is still crucial, which has left those who rely on public transport feeling paranoid about their commute to work.

In the speech, we were told to avoid buses and trains etc. wherever possible, so cycling has inevitably come into focus.

Fortunately, big plans are in place to help more people get back on their bikes…

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Government bike vouchers on the way

In a recent statement, the UK public has been encouraged to cycle as an alternative to public transport.

According to Cycling Industry, the government has revealed huge plans to invest in active travel, with a figure of £2 billion being cited.

A number of details were referenced and discussed, but one of the most notable is the introduction of bike vouchers, issued to UK citizens to encourage them to polish up and fix their old bikes, transforming them into a safe and reliable means of transport.

WIth concerns regarding public transport (buses, trains etc.) becoming overwhelmed due to fewer services running, cycling presents a healthy and important alternative.

The source notes that France has already begun offering €50 vouchers for people to get their bikes fixed.

Along with vouchers, there are plans for pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and cycle-only corridors, all part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund.

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Cycling Industry also includes details of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy set to be launched by the PM in the summer:

  • Getting GPs to prescribe cycling and exercise
  • The creation of a national cycling and walking commissioner and inspectorate
  • Higher standards for permanent infrastructure across England
  • Creating a long-term budget for cycling and walking similar to what happens for roads

A word from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

As highlighted by the earlier source, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has spoken out about the importance of cycling as people return to work:

“During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling – whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport… when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.”

Continued: “Otherwise, with public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies.”

He also added: “We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.”

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