£50 for bike repair

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£50 for bike repair

Postby De Sisti » 9 Jun 2020, 11:51am

Has anyone been to make use of the £50 that the government announced a few weeks ago?

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 12:06pm

Missed this. What's going on?


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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby brooksby » 9 Jun 2020, 12:26pm

De Sisti wrote:Has anyone been to make use of the £50 that the government announced a few weeks ago?


Oh, right - you thought that because they announced it then that meant they were actually going to do it? Silly boy.

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby PH » 9 Jun 2020, 12:51pm

De Sisti wrote:Has anyone been to make use of the £50 that the government announced a few weeks ago?

I've read that the scheme isn't open till the end of June.
It's intention is to get more people cycling, the vouchers are limited so I'm hoping those already cycling who don't need the help will leave them for those who do rather than just seeing it as an easy fifty quid.

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 12:51pm


Thanks. Susequently I found this:
Update 05/06: The Department for Transport told Cycling Weekly they aim to open the bike repair scheme at the end of June.

“We have announced £225million emergency funding for Local Authorities to build cycle and walking infrastructure. The remaining £25million will go towards bike repairs to enable more people to cycle.

“We are aiming to open the bike repair scheme for applications by the end of June – we will be registering shops/mechanics to participate in advance of this.”

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Postboxer » 9 Jun 2020, 1:03pm

So just several weeks after telling everyone to go back to work if they can but not to use public transport then.

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 1:25pm

Postboxer wrote:So just several weeks after telling everyone to go back to work if they can but not to use public transport then.

I guess we shouldn't welcome it then.

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby mjr » 9 Jun 2020, 2:06pm

We are allowed to welcome it but say it's launching too late to maximise its effect.
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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby De Sisti » 9 Jun 2020, 2:07pm

brooksby wrote:
De Sisti wrote:Has anyone been to make use of the £50 that the government announced a few weeks ago?


Oh, right - you thought that because they announced it then that meant they were actually going to do it? Silly boy.

Fair point. :oops:

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 3:03pm

mjr wrote:We are allowed to welcome it but say it's launching too late to maximise its effect.

Yes, the cup's half empty, you're right.

I expect, following the announcement on 23rd May, the recruitment of a network of cycle shops to do the work, and the design of the scheme took/is taking, well, a little while. I appreciate that people on here could have done a better, faster, cheaper job, but sadly idiots and incompetents were in charge. In other news, another poster is already questioning whether it will happen at all - less than 3 weeks later.

Can't we just welcome something as a step forward?

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby mjr » 9 Jun 2020, 3:11pm

Bonefishblues wrote:I expect, following the announcement on 23rd May, the recruitment of a network of cycle shops to do the work, and the design of the scheme took/is taking, well, a little while. I appreciate that people on here could have done a better, faster, cheaper job, but sadly idiots and incompetents were in charge. In other news, another poster is already questioning whether it will happen at all - less than 3 weeks later.

1. I think that question comes from bitter experience of government putting out lots of warm words, less funding and even less action.

2. The above defence begs so many questions, but I won't dig into them further for fear of you continuing to accuse me of being pessimistic.

Bonefishblues wrote:Can't we just welcome something as a step forward?

Yes but can we wait until the step is actually taken?
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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 3:20pm

mjr wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:I expect, following the announcement on 23rd May, the recruitment of a network of cycle shops to do the work, and the design of the scheme took/is taking, well, a little while. I appreciate that people on here could have done a better, faster, cheaper job, but sadly idiots and incompetents were in charge. In other news, another poster is already questioning whether it will happen at all - less than 3 weeks later.

1. I think that question comes from bitter experience of government putting out lots of warm words, less funding and even less action.

2. The above defence begs so many questions, but I won't dig into them further for fear of you continuing to accuse me of being pessimistic.

Bonefishblues wrote:Can't we just welcome something as a step forward?

Yes but can we wait until the step is actually taken?

Sometimes, not often, but sometimes the prevailing air of pessimism on the Forum elicits a response from me. This was one such occasion.

I welcome the announcement as a step forward. Am I allowed to do that, or might that be a step too far and might my Forum stripes get ripped off my epaulettes :lol:

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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby mjr » 9 Jun 2020, 3:41pm

Bonefishblues wrote:I welcome the announcement as a step forward. Am I allowed to do that, or might that be a step too far and might my Forum stripes get ripped off my epaulettes :lol:

You're allowed to do what you want, except perhaps condemn others for not getting their hopes up yet or giving government unqualified praise just for an announcement.
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Re: £50 for bike repair

Postby Bonefishblues » 9 Jun 2020, 4:28pm

mjr wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:I welcome the announcement as a step forward. Am I allowed to do that, or might that be a step too far and might my Forum stripes get ripped off my epaulettes :lol:

You're allowed to do what you want, except perhaps condemn others for not getting their hopes up yet or giving government unqualified praise just for an announcement.

OK, I'll not do that then.

Let the gloom continue. As you were.