The State offers 50 euros to repair his bike
This package, to be used at a list of repairers referenced on an online platform, is part of a $20 million plan to encourage the French to pedal to work.
Encouraging the French to take the bicycle rather than the metro is the watchword of the government, which is developing an arsenal of measures to encourage the practice of the little queen from May 11. One of them could prove very useful to fans of two-wheelers, 30 million of which are second-hand in France.The State will thus offer a 50 euro package for the repair of a bike (change of chain, brake, tyre, derailleur…) within a referenced network of repairers, which will be listed on the FUB website and a dedicated platform.
“The aim is that French citizens who wish to do so will be able to have a bicycle in working order from 11 May,” explained Virgile Caillet, general delegate of the Union sport &cycle.
The use of this package should be very simple, explains the daily, since it will simply go to one of the repairers concerned without paying anything, unless the bill exceeds 50 euros. The craftsman is reimbursed by the state. More than 3000 professionals or associations have already registered on the online platform. If all are not currently open, the sale and repair of bikes are allowed during the confinement.
A fund of 20 million euros
This measure is part of a $20 million plan that the State has decided to pay out to encourage people to pedal to work. It will be implemented in partnership with the Fédération des Usagers de la Bicyclette (FUB). The creation of temporary bicycle parking spaces will also be financed, as well as “training courses on how to get back on a bicycle with confidence, provided free of charge”.The decree of application in the private sector for the implementation of the sustainable mobility package, which can amount to 400 euros, will be taken “as soon as possible”, details a press release. In addition, cities and departments are planning to put in place bicycle paths and temporary pedestrian facilities. To support communities in this approach, the Ministry offers them technical support and the dispensation of prior authorisations, “in particular from the Architectes des Bâtiments de France”.