“In a few weeks, the [COVID-19] the crisis has gained more for cycling than years of cycling, “said French Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne Paris Match on May 28, when she announced that France was going to triple the amount spent on putting more people on bikes to avoid the urban deadlock in the cities of France.
At the end of April, Borne announced that France would spend 20 million euros on emergency measures in favor of the bicycle, including 50 vouchers for repairing bicycles. The budget is now increased to € 60 million, which will pay for more repair orders and more generous grants for the purchase of electric bikes.
According to Paris Match, 62,400 repair orders have been issued to date.
“I have been fighting for a long time to change the nation’s view on cycling,” said Borne, “especially since 60% of trips are less than 5 kilometers,” she added.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the £ 50 bicycle repair program announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on May 9 is not yet operational.