To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional support for bicycle recycling centres in every local community.
None, but the Department has funded various programmes which help get old bicycles roadworthy again. In 2020-21, for example, it made available some 400,000 “Fix Your Bike” vouchers to enable people to get £50 off the cost of a bicycle service. The Government has also provided £2 million to Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival programme this financial year, to support activities such as free events that teach bicycle maintenance skills, enabling more people to give a new lease of life to their old bicycles. In previous years the Department has also provided funding for programmes such as the Big Birmingham Bike Scheme which made bicycles available free of charge to people across Birmingham who could not otherwise have afforded them.