Cycling advice

Last updated: 13 July

In Phase 3, you can leave your home for any purpose. There is no travel restriction within Scotland provided you are acting in line with all other guidance. More information can be found on the Transport Scotland website.

It is advisable to walk or cycle for your health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re not self-isolating, we recommend walking or cycling for journeys and exercise.

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 the active travel organisations.

It’s important to note:

  • Cycle or walk alone, or with people you live with. As of 10 July, you can meet up to four other households (maximum of 15 people) to walk, cycle and partake in non-contact outdoor activities
  • Shielding groups can now meet up with two other households (maximum of 8 people) to walk, cycle and partake in non-contact outdoor activities
  • Keep two metres away from others (apart from those in your own household or extended household)
  • Wash your hands on arrival at your destination
  • Stay local and cycle within your ability level

In phase 3 there are differences in the lifting of the restrictions for those under 18.

Children and young people (aged 0 to 17): outdoors.

The same rules apply to children as adults, except:

  • children aged 0 to 11 do not need to maintain physical distancing. There is no limit to the number of households that children aged 0-11 can meet in one day
  • young people aged 12 to 17 can meet up to 15 people from up to 4 other households at a time, same as adults. But there is no limit to the number of households that they can meet in one day. This means that young people can meet their friends separately from meetings that other members of their household may be having

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 only cycle on routes you know well, that are close to home (in case of mechanical problems) and that are well within your ability level.

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 might be with children or dogs. 

Read more on the NHS Inform Covid-19 Physical Activity web page.

Public transport capacity will remain constrained due to physical distancing requirements – and active travel remains the preferred mode of travel.