Cycling advice

Last updated: 10 March 2021

It’s advisable to walk, wheel or cycle regularly for your health and wellbeing. If you’re not self-isolating, we recommend walking, wheeling or cycling for essential journeys and exercise.

Some changes to lockdown restrictions were announced on 9th March. Please visit the Scottish Government website for more information.

From 12th March, up to four adults from two households can meet locally in any outdoor space for recreational purposes including exercise (children under 12 do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet outdoors).

Outdoor group exercise can also resume for adults in groups of up to fifteen people.

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.

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we should all continue to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel.

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.

Remember FACTS

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

Use the Scottish Government postcode checker to check Covid protection level restrictions. For info on our cycle training including Bikeability Scotland training, please read our operational update.