Cycling UK has launched the Big Bike Revival, an initiative that will fix bikes for free and aims to get thousands more people cycling for everyday journeys. The programme is being delivered in communities across England.
The Big Bike Revival will support new and returning cyclists in communities across England as it runs events across more than 300 centres, where people can turn up with their bikes and get them repaired on the spot for free.
Cycling UK estimates one in three people in the UK either own or have access to a bike, and through its Big Bike Revival the charity hopes to make as many of these bikes as possible safe for the road. The project is hoped to build on the momentum of the nation’s love for cycling which begun during the lockdown when cycling trips soared.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, almost half of the beneficiaries Cycling UK engaged with were non-regular cyclists, who rode once every two weeks or less. In 2021, Cycling UK aims to engage with 45% of those defined as non-regular cyclists, with a view to create around 50,000 new cycling trips this year, on average the programme could encourage around 1,875 new cycling trips per week or 270 new cycling trips every day.
The project will run until 31 December 2021 and will continue to offer support to help people carry on riding during the autumn and winter months when many people cycle fewer miles and less often.
The Big Bike Revival is delivered in partnership with a diverse network of not-for-profit organisations around the country.