The operation “helping bicycle”, aid in the repair of bicycles, will be extended until the end of the year and endowed with an additional 20 million euros, with the aim of exceeding one million repairs. the government announced on Monday.
The “boost”, launched in May at the time of deconfinement by the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, is a package of 50 euros (excluding taxes) paid for by the State and allowing the bicycle to be repaired.
It has been very successful, with 620,000 bicycles repaired, thanks in particular to the enthusiasm for cycling during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic – in part to avoid public transport -, favored by many new developments. The use of cycle paths has increased by 29% since the end of confinement compared to the same period in 2019.
Envelope of 200 million euros for cycling
The government has therefore decided to add 20 million to the device (to reach 80 million in total), which will remain in force until the end of the year, with the objective of exceeding one million repairs, announced Monday the Minister of the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, and the Minister Delegate for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, during a trip to a cycle repair store in Paris, also marking the two years since the launch of the “bicycle plan”.
In addition, the State will double for “modest households” the premiums set up by communities for the purchase of an electrically assisted bicycle, up to 200 euros provided by the State, said Barbara Pompili.
The recovery plan presented at the beginning of September provides for a budget of 200 million euros for cycling, of which 100 million will be delegated to the regions, in order in particular to equip 1000 stations with secure parking and to carry out 600 cycle path projects in two years. .
Barbara Pompili welcomed the fact that France is “experiencing a cycling moment”, underlining the effort made by public authorities to ensure their “primary responsibility” and allow cyclists, new as well as usual, to “ride in all safety ”.