Bike Medic is free roadside bike repair service for NHS key workers to encourage them to keep cycling to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The Bike Medic scheme has been created as a response to a surge in the number of NHS Forth Valley staff commuting by bike or ebike and will be available from Monday 28 September.
The Bike Medic service can be contacted on 03333 208635
Breakdown cover for bikes
The free call-out service is for NHS Forth Valley staff and covers the Forth Valley region and operates in a similar way to car breakdown recovery, with bikes being repaired at the roadside or transported to a local bike shop of the cyclist’s choice. Onward travel will also be covered, so if a bike can’t be easily fixed cyclists will be offered a courtesy bike to allow them to finish their journey or receive a lift to work.
We hope to be able to extend the project to any key worker commuting by bike.
The scheme began when a local nurse approached us at the beginning of lockdown for help fixing her bike. We offered her an ebike from our free lending library while her bike was in for repair and that snowballed into us providing 75 electric bikes for key workers, as well as wrap around cycling advice and support.
Our electric van
To reduce the carbon footprint of the project, the Bike Medic will be using an electric van.
Aileen Schofield from NHS Forth Valley shares her thoughts and support for the newly launched Bike Medic roadside rescue service
Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson shares his thoughts and support for the newly launched Bike Medic roadside rescue service
Varrie-Jane France from NHS Forth valley shares her thoughts and support for the newly launched Bike Medic roadside rescue service