Sadly – Revive-A-Bike has revived 28 bikes, and we’ve run out of funding 🙁 We’re now waiting for the long-promised government £50 vouchers to kick in.
Revive-A-Bike was a scheme to revive dead bikes from the back of your shed or garage. Islanders could apply to have their old bike assessed and brought back to road-going status.
It started on 1st June 2020, in advance of the proposed national scheme that may take some months to go live, and was funded by a £1,000 grant from Hampshire County Council.
How does it work?
- Any Hayling resident takes a disused bike to Hayling Cycles (completely independent of Cycle Hayling).
- Hayling Cycles assess it, estimate the repair cost and tell you how to apply for a grant up to £50 towards the repair.
- If Cycle Hayling approves it, you will be contacted to arrange for your bike to be revived.
- And Hayling’s Community Policing Team can postcode your bike for extra security at the same time.
- You pay the first £5, then Cycle Hayling contributes up to £50 off your bill.
Are there any conditions?
- The bike must have a significant problem – eg rusted chain, perished tyres, no brakes. It’s NOT for pumping up flat tyres, or tuning up working bikes, or cosmetic problems.
- You must specify someone who commits to ride it and send us a photo riding it afterwards! It’s NOT for bikes that go back in the garage ‘just in case you need it’.
- While stocks last (of grant money!).
- If you don’t collect the bike and pay within 4 weeks of notification, the repairer reserves the right to sell or dispose of the bike.
- Cycle Hayling and the repairer reserve the right to refuse an application if either has reason to believe the scheme is being abused.
- What repairs are covered?
A: Parts and labour to make unrideable bikes rideable and safe, so things like fixing a rusted chain, perished tyres, no brakes. It excludes cosmetic problems, ‘tuning-up’ a working bike, accessories, etc.
- What if the repair costs more than the grant?
A: You would have to pay the excess.
- Is there a warranty?
A: The warranty would be the same as normal repairs.
- Can I fix more than one bike?
A: Only one bike per family until we see how far the grant goes.
Each bike can only ever have one grant.
- Can I sell the bike afterwards?
A: Yes, so long as it’s still being ridden, ideally on Hayling, and not just put in a garage.
- My kids have grown out of this bike. Can I trade it up for a bigger one?
A: Not directly, but we want to see more bike riding, so we’ll try and find a way to help.
- I don’t have anyone to ride it, but I’d like to see it back on the road.
A: We may be able to accept it as a donation to raise funds for more cycling.
- Why do you want a photo of it being ridden?
A: To encourage it to be ridden, and to help our publicity (with your permission).
- Is there a time or volume limit?
A: We will keep going as long as we have grant money available.
- Who funds the scheme?
A: Hampshire County Council, through Councillor Lance Quantrill.
- Who administers the scheme?
A: Cycle Hayling, through its approved repairers. This includes approving repairers, publicity, and handling the payments.
Note: Cycle Hayling is a voluntary community group, a part of Hayling’s Best.
The committee can be seen at: https://cyclehayling.org/about-us/who-we-are/
- What does Cycle Hayling get out of it?
A: Nothing but the satisfaction of increasing cycling.
- What if I revive a dead bike myself?
A: Please tell us, so we can count it in!
- Visit Hayling Cycles and ask!
- Print this PDF form at Revive-A-Bike application and take it to Hayling Cycles.
- Fill in this Word form at Revive-A-Bike application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact us, at I need help.