Thousands more Scots to get on their bikes as Cycling UK repair scheme returns

The return of the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme will provide 20,000 more free repairs to people who need them most

Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme will provide free bike repairs to those who need them most and Glasgow Eco Trust and De'ils On Wheels will once again be taking part!

The scheme is coordinated by charity Cycling UK and funded by Scottish Government

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.

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. Please note that De'ils On Wheels can only deal with standard bikes and the mechanical aspects of e-bikes.

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.”

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