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Free cycle training is happening across Scotland

Bikeability Scotland is the national cycle training programme for school children, building the skills and confidence they need to cycle on the road now and into adulthood. 

Just like learning to swim, learning to cycle on the road is an essential life skill. A skill that every child in Scotland deserves the chance to develop during their time at school. Bikeability Scotland offers a comprehensive training programme for children that covers everything from pre-ride safety checks and road signals to hazard awareness and bike checks.

For children, the benefits of Bikeability Scotland can include:

  • Improving their hazard awareness
  • Improving the confidence of both pupils and their parents, to cycle more after training
  • Promoting active lifestyles, with children more likely to cycle after training.

Bikeability Scotland is completely free to schools and their pupils. Cycling Scotland supports local authorities with practical advice, funding, and instructor training to start Bikeability Scotland in their schools.

Access information for schools, local authorities, parents and instructors below including tips on how to get Bikeability Scotland started in your area.

Check if your local school is delivering Bikeability Scotland training this year with our School Checker.

Tips for on-road cycling with the family

A bike ride is a great way to get exercise and fresh air for the whole family. If you do not have cycle paths nearby, brush up on your road cycling skills.

We’ve put together a handy guide about safe cycling on roads including basic control skills, bike checks and how to lead a group. Have fun and stay safe.

 
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Parents

Parents

Parents play a crucial role in helping deliver Bikeability Scotland. In this section learn more about Bikeability Scotland, the benefits for children between P5 and S2, and find out if your child’s school is offering this essential training.

Schools

Schools

Bikeability Scotland training is delivered in schools. Find out how to start Bikeability Scotland in your school and access support and comprehensive funding – including covering teacher training costs - from your local authority.  

Instructors

Instructors

Without our instructors, there is no Bikeability Scotland. They are creating the next generation of confident and responsible road users. Learn more about the vital role of Bikeability Scotland instructors, find out how to become one, or explore useful training resources.

Local authorities

Local authorities

Cycling Scotland works closely with local authorities across the country to fund and support the delivery of Bikeability Scotland training. This is done through a network of coordinators based in participating local authorities. Find your local Bikeability Scotland coordinator or look at our FAQs and resources for authorities. 

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