France has paid for the restore prices of greater than 1,000,000 damaged bicycles within the nation. The French can apply for a contribution of fifty euros for the restore of their two-wheeler as a part of the corona measures, as a result of the federal government desires fewer folks to make use of public transport.
The arrival of the grant was introduced after the primary lockdown within the spring. Because of the second lockdown, which was relaxed final weekend, the subsidy scheme can be prolonged till the tip of March.
The federal government desires extra folks to make use of bicycles as a method of transport, says surroundings minister Barbara Pompili. Of the individuals who already made use of the subsidy scheme final 12 months, about half used to barely use their bicycle earlier than.
About three in 100 French folks use their bicycle day-after-day. The federal government hopes to triple this quantity in order that fewer folks use public transport. In observe, it seems to be troublesome to maintain enough distance in metro trains, for instance. A number of cities created additional cycle paths due to the pandemic.
France has 25 to 40 million bicycles, of which about 15 million are in unhealthy situation, in keeping with the French Cyclists Affiliation. The chairman described the subsidy scheme “as an effective way to get previous bicycles again on the highway”, particularly now that the demand for brand new bicycles has elevated worldwide.