Last updated: 5 January 2021
New stay at home regulations came into effect on 5 January 2021. Please visit the Scottish Government website for more information. To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we should all stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel.
It’s advisable to walk or cycle for your health and wellbeing. If you’re not self-isolating, we recommend walking or cycling for essential journeys and exercise. Two people from two separate households can meet outdoors to cycle (children under 12 do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet outdoors). You can travel up to five miles from the boundary of a local authority to take part in informal exercise, including cycling, that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area).
Guidance states to travel no further than you need to reach a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way. The number of periods of exercise is not limited.
Cycling is generally a low-risk activity but with our emergency services under pressure, it’s important that we all take steps to manage risk wherever we can. Please cycle on routes you know well, that are close to home and that are well within your ability level.
Walking, cycling and wheeling guidance
If you're cycling on shared paths, please be considerate of other people walking, wheeling, running and cycling: stay two metres from others, slow your pace and stop to let people pass. Be mindful and take even more care around people who might be more vulnerable, travelling at a slower pace than you or who are with children or dogs.
Guidance for people walking, cycling and wheeling during Covid-19 has been developed by Transport Scotland, Public Health Scotland, the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and active travel organisations.
If you’re a member of an organised cycling club, please follow Scottish Cycling guidance.
Please adhere to government advice around Covid-19, follow the latest guidelines around public health, and remember FACTS:
• Face coverings
• Avoid crowded places
• Clean your hands regularly
• Two-metre distance
• Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms