A new scheme has been launched in Scotland to allow cyclist to get free bicycle repairs worth up to £50.

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme has gone live at around 100 shops across the country.

A total of 30,000 bike repairs or maintenance jobs will be part of the Scottish Government scheme on a first-come basis.

How does it work?

Cyclists simply have to find their participating bike shop or mechanic, get in touch with them and book in for your repair.

Registration is not required, cyclists can simply attend the participating shops until the £1.5 million fund has expired.

The scheme is designed to get older bicycles back on the road and encourage active travel.

Where can I get my bike fixed?

There are around 100 stores taking part in the scheme.

You can view them in the map here:

I own three bikes, can I get them all repaired?​

No – each individual can only take in one bike for repair. 

But, for example, someone could bring in their own bike and bikes for their children and/or partner.

What if the repair costs more than £50?

The scheme only covers the first £50 of any repair. All repair costs should be agreed in advance before any work is carried out. 

If you can’t afford the additional costs then you must agree with the bike shop in advance what repairs can be carried out up to the value of £50.

What has been said about the scheme?

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme is a critical part of our Covid-19 response and a key element in our wider green recovery.

“This step will help encourage older bikes back on to our roads and on to the new temporary infrastructure that local authorities have delivered through the Spaces for People initiative.

“At the same time, this will keep the many people who have rediscovered cycling during the lockdown period on their bikes through the winter.

“I’m pleased to see the increases in cycling and I’m confident active travel will play a big part in helping to manage demand on our public transport network.

“By choosing to walk, wheel or cycle – you are leaving space on public transport for those that need it most.”

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The scheme is being delivered through Cycling UK, which promotes the use the bicycles.

Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK’s head of development for Scotland said: “This scheme will help to fix flat tyres, loose brakes and clunky gears to get people across Scotland on their bikes.

“We know that the coronavirus crisis has hit many people hard, so if you’d struggle to afford the repairs you need right now, this scheme has got you covered.”