The State offers you 50 euros to have your bike repaired

The aim is to encourage the French to take their bicycles rather than public transport when leaving the confinement.

The government will make 20 million euros available for “vélotaffeurs” and help cities and counties that are preparing temporary cycle paths and pedestrian zones, the aim here is to encourage people to cycle to work instead of taking their cars and public transport from 11 May.Since mid-April, several municipalities and even entire departments have been working on the subject.Grenoble, Montpellier, Lyon, Rouen, Lille, Rennes, Nice, Paris, Montreuil, the Val-de-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis departments…The list keeps getting longer and longer.

The chosen paths: favour walking and cycling, when 60% of journeys made today in France by car are less than 5 kilometres long.To support the development of cycling as a mode of transport in France, which lags behind other European countries, the government is offering a boost to people who are ready to adopt the bicycle for everyday travel: a 50 euro flat rate to have their second-hand bicycle repaired (changing brakes, lights, tyres, etc.). Repairers will be listed on the website of the French federation of bicycle users (

A 20 million euro plan

This support is part of a more comprehensive $20 million plan, which will also fund temporary parking spaces and training to learn or relearn how to ride a bicycle. The government will also accelerate the introduction of the sustainable mobility package of up to $400 in the private sector.The government will also accelerate the introduction in the private sector of the sustainable mobility package, up to 400 euros. “This is a boost to cycling during the period of deconfinement to encourage people to choose this mode of travel. We want this period to make a step forward in the culture of cycling, and for the bicycle to be the little queen of deconfinement in a way,” explained the Minister of Ecological Transition, Elisabeth Borne, in an interview with Le Parisien.

“The government has become aware that the bicycle is a tool for meeting the challenge of deconfinement,” Olivier Schneider of FUB told AFP, with cities and departments preparing specific facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to offer them more space and allow them to move around safely.”Anne Hidalgo plans to double the busy metro lines 1, 4 and 13 with temporary cycle lanes and to create new car parks at the gates of the capital.

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