'repair your bike' web page crashes as scheme launches

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A site providing £50 bike repair vouchers in England crashed after the federal government scheme launched on Tuesday.

An preliminary 50,000 “fix Your Bike” vouchers were due to be made to be had on-line at 23:forty five BST on a primary-come, first-served foundation.

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however, many people complained they obtained an error message when they tried to access the web page.

It used to be again up just prior to 04:00 BST however was once later paused and via 09:00 BST vouchers have been not to be had.

'repair your bike' site crashes as scheme launches

“Vouchers are being launched regularly to reflect the capacity of the bike repairers signed up to the scheme,” the web page stated, adding that more vouchers shall be made to be had “as quickly as conceivable”.

past on Wednesday the website online had been “quickly paused because of excessive volumes of site visitors”.

Some cyclists have tweeted photos displaying they’d been successful in getting a voucher, although others mentioned they persevered to peer error messages.

the government has mentioned the vouchers, that are part of its weight problems technique, have been being launched in batches “to lend a hand handle capacity” in order that the scheme promoted by way of the division for Transport will also be monitored before being rolled out more extensively.

Sarah Talbot tweeted that the site had crashed at 23:45 and after “repeated attempts to get on it is now developing HTTP Error 404”. She brought that it was once “very disappointing”.

Aaron Bailey wrote on Twitter that the web page had been offline because it was purported to launch, describing the scheme as a “good concept but poorly carried out”.

some other social media consumer, Tom Dale, joked that “cyclists ultimately comprehend the way it feels to be held up with the aid of an excessive amount of traffic”.

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The initiative is a component of the government’s weight problems technique which was once announced on Monday amid growing evidence of a hyperlink between obesity and an increased risk from Covid-19.

The vouchers would most often quilt the invoice for the standard carrier and the alternative of a normal component reminiscent of an internal tube or cable.

hundreds of miles of latest protected cycle lanes, cycle coaching for children and adults, and access to bikes during the NHS are additionally a part of the federal government plans to advertise biking.

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