The website for a government program that offers bike repair coupons that can get Brits on their bikes crashed a few minutes after launch.
As part of a £ 2 billion anti-obesity campaign, Boris Johnson announced plans on Monday to promote cycling through a range of incentives.
Government plans include subsidizing electronic bicycles for retirees and commuters and offering £ 50 repair vouchers so you can fix your bike and get to work instead of using a car.
Despite the launch of the initiative at 11:45 p.m. on a Tuesday evening, demand for the coupons seemed to be unexpectedly popular, causing the website to crash.
The website for a government program that offers bike repair coupons that can get Brits on their bikes crashed a few minutes after launch
Dozens of people used social media to express their frustration. Some said they got up a long time to be the first to get a voucher.
Neil Visalvanich said: & # 39; Getting tickets to Glastonbury is probably easier than getting this stupid fix of your bike voucher from the government, which was perfectly predictable. Well done folks, I really enjoyed staying awake until midnight. & # 39;
Simon Jobson commented, "Well, it's a surprise that the Fix your Bike coupon program website has already collapsed under pressure from people who want to save £ 50."
The website initially provides 50,000 vouchers, which are available to people in England depending on availability and cost the government £ 2.5m
Matthew Hemes joked, "Well, it was worth staying awake …" before adding: "£ 50 bike repair voucher? Computer says no. & # 39;
The website initially provides 50,000 vouchers, which are available to people in England depending on availability and cost the government £ 2.5m.
The Prime Minister launched his obesity campaign in Nottinghamshire on Monday, unveiling plans to subsidize electronic bikes for retirees and commuters.
The e-bikes are like regular bicycles, but have a small motor that is usually hidden in the frame to make it easier to ride uphill or on longer trips.
Ministers hope that the program will help those who are less fit or older and who may be discouraged by normal bikes to get back in the saddle.
You could get up to a third of the cost of £ 600 to £ 3,000 for a new machine to trick you into doing more sports or leaving your car at home.
Mr Johnson said drivers need to understand that they will share the streets as £ 2 billion measures are taken to promote cycling and walking.
Bicycles are prescribed by doctors for patients and all Britons are offered free driving training.
Free repair vouchers worth £ 50 will be issued, and as part of a revolution unveiled today, bike paths will be massively expanded.
Mr. Johnson said: "We will create thousands of kilometers of protected bike paths. I really believe that protected bike paths are essential to give people the confidence they need. Many people are not very brave or confident cyclists."
He added: “What I also want to see is more work to get drivers to understand that we all share the streets, we will share them with cyclists, so be respectful, be polite.
"Things have improved, but there is still a long way to go."
Other measures include strengthening road traffic regulations, improving legal protection, increasing truck safety standards and working with the police and retailers to combat bicycle theft.
During a visit to Nottingham, Mr. Johnson said: "You could spend more and more, and this is the most ambitious package ever – it's £ 2 billion.
"We will create thousands of kilometers of protected cycle paths. I really believe that protected cycle paths are essential to give people the confidence they need. Many people are not very brave or confident cyclists."
The £ 2 billion investment was announced in February.
Labor shadow minister Kerry McCarthy said: “The ministers of Tory have raised their feet and have not taken advantage of the opportunity that this crisis has created.
"Although funding is welcome, cyclists will be rightly concerned about how long it will take before these plans are actually implemented."
DfT numbers show that there has been an increase in cycling after the outbreak of the corona virus.
Compared to the corresponding day in the first week of March, the use of bicycles on the weekend from 18/19. July almost doubled.
On Monday, July 20, the last day of the week for which data is available, cycling was reported in 146% of the pre-lockdown values.