Policies, Quality Assurance and National Standards.


Bikeability Scotland is managed by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Bikeability Scotland Delivery Group (BSDG). The BSDG meets quarterly and has representatives from:

  • Transport Scotland
  • Road Safety Scotland
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Sustrans
  • Scottish Cycling
  • CTC
  • Youth Scotland
  • Education Scotland
  • Representatives from Scottish Road Safety Forums and local authorities.

The BSDG issues guidelines and policies on a number of issues relating to Bikeability Scotland.  These can be downloaded at the links below.

Bikeability Scotland Guidelines for Child and Adult Protection

Bikeability Scotland is delivered by our local authority partners, almost exclusively through schools.  In some authorities, this is supplemented by the involvement of Sustrans IBike Officers.  Local authorities and schools can expect to see the biggest impact on young people for cycle training and opportunities to ride, where a dedicated Bikeability Coordinator and an IBike Officer are present.  A joint statement detailing the roles and responsibilities of these posts, and how they work together within the local authority, can be found here.

Quality Assurance

Training policies and quality assurance

Cycling Scotland's Quality Assurance process for training is based on a supportive model and it recognises that however good training may be, there is always scope for improvement.  In 2015/16, 5% of all training being delivered by those holding Cycling Scotland instructor qualifications will be observed.  The Cycling Scotland Quality Assurance strategy can be found here, and the process aims to:

- Support those involved in delivery
- Ensure minimum standards are met
- Ensure consistency of training standards
- Maintain and raise delivery standards.

Cycling Scotland's training policies can be found here.

National Standard

Bikeability Scotland training follows the UK National Standard for cycle training. The Standard is set by the Department for Transport, in consultation with the Cycle Training Standards Board, of which Cycling Scotland and the Scottish Government are members.

Please follow the links below to view the National Standard for each level of Bikeability.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

National Standard Instructor outcomes (equivalent to Cycle Trainer in Scotland)

The Standard is reviewed every five years, the latest occurring in 2017. To read Cycling Scotland’s official summary response to the Department for Transport sponsored consultation, please click here.