In the perspective of the exit of the containment, the government has put in place a bonus of 50 euros to repair his bike, in the framework of the program “Coup de Pouce” Bike. Result : Lyon, the servicers are overwhelmed by the influx of customers.Cyclists in a park in Lyon, on may 16, 2020. (MAXIME JEGAT / MAXPPP)
“There are small improvements in terms of brakes.” It is 8 o’clock in the morning in Villeurbanne, in the metropolis of Lyon, Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes), where Cécile has already your hands dirty. Since the déconfinement, the agenda of CycloTop, his business, bicycle repair, was completed for several weeks. “It’s amazing, everyone wants to make a repair on his bike,”she says. “Appointments fill up, maybe five or six times more than usual. But we are all the same : there are more people who are cycling, and there are not enough servicers.”
The cyclist pays nothing. If the repair does not exceed 50 euros, the State directly reimburses the servicer, as announced by Elizabeth Terminal on the 29th of April last. A boost enjoyed by Jeremy, a nurse who goes to work by bike on a daily basis : “Fifty euros to repair its bicycle, donated by the State, it is necessary to take advantage of it ! It is not every day !”
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In his workshop in Lyon on 7th, Roman is looking forward to see old bicycles. “It’s going to have to make some adjustments to the part-transmission”, the minister mutters to himself. It is a repairer overwhelmed, too. “We have the chance in France to have a large pool of old bicycles, made by beautiful industries of the past, a few spider webs on which you had tires that were a little cooked, so we replaced them”, he explains. It also replaces the air chambers that were a little cooked, porous. It will be back for a tour and it will allow customers to sneak up on the new bike trails that have been well thought out to Lyon for the déconfinement.”
We will guide you also to tinker yourself
If you do not find the repair tool available, the plan B, it is the repair shop. The cost is free and we will guide you to tinker. The association Changes the channel, in Lyon Vaise, sees past the regulars and neophytes alike. “But I’m going to go to work now. I need a good bike”, entrusts this City. Mr. adds : “We even used parts. I was able to install the sprockets, a tape used on my bike, this is what I wanted, this is perfect.”
To this day, and in France, 25 000 bicycles have been taken care of thanks to the cheque of 50 euros. The objective of the State is to fund 300 000 repairs. To find the addresses of repairers near you and conditions, please visit coupdepoucevelo.fr.