A new online map has launched to help key workers across the UK find cycle-related offers and locate bike stores that are open in their local area.
The resource, created by the active travel charity Sustrans, forms part of the Government-backed Cycles for Key Workers campaign.
Described as a single repository of information, the map contains details of bike stores that remain open – as well as where to gain access to a bike, equipment and gear, and repairs and maintenance.
The resource aims to make cycling easier for key workers as they travel to and from work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Heaton-Harris, walking and cycling minister, said: “Many people who cannot work from home cycle to and from work, and it’s important we do everything we can to make their journeys easy, so they can concentrate on their essential jobs.
“Cycles for Key Workers is a great initiative which will help people find nearby cycle shops, bikes and equipment – as well as money-saving deals – so they’re able to travel during these unprecedented times.”
Sustrans says since the outbreak of Covid-19, the cycling industry has come together to provide assistance and offers on cycles and services to key workers to say thank you for their invaluable work in these difficult times.
Susie Dunham, development director at Sustrans, said: “In the Covid-19 crisis, cycling is critical for many key workers to get to and from work each day.
“The online map was created with the needs of key workers in mind and we hope it will prove useful for everyone needing to cycle to work, be it an experienced commuter who may need a spare part or a novice who needs access to a cycle.
“An average commute is five miles – a distance that can be easily cycled in less than 30 minutes. It’s fantastic to see how the cycling industry has come together to support the people who are working so hard to get us through this crisis.”