Greater than 1,000,000 French cyclists have used a 50 euro ($60) subsidy to get their outdated bikes repaired as a part of measures to combat the coronavirus and now the federal government needs extra individuals to start out driving them.
Following France’s first lockdown within the spring, the federal government supplied subsidies to get outdated bikes mounted. That program will now be prolonged till the tip of March following the relief of a second lockdown final weekend.
“After this second lockdown, the federal government needs to encourage French individuals to make use of bicycles to maneuver round,” Setting Minister Barbara Pompili stated throughout a go to to a coaching heart for bicycle mechanics in Paris on Monday.
She stated about half of the individuals who bought their bikes repaired underneath the scheme had not often cycled earlier than.
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“This has put 500,000 individuals again within the saddle,” she stated. However solely 3 p.c of French individuals use their bikes every single day and the federal government needs to triple that quantity.
Pompili additionally introduced a brand new three-year 30 million euro scheme to encourage employers to enhance biking amenities, with financing for 20,000 safe parking areas.
French biking federation chief Olivier Schneider stated there are 25 to 40 million bicycles in France, however about 15 million of these are in a poor state of restore.
“There’s big demand for brand new bicycles worldwide and new bikes might be arduous to seek out, so the restore subsidy scheme is a good way to get outdated bikes on the street once more,” Schneider stated.
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