Cycling advice

Last updated: 14 September

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. However, to ease demand on our transport network, you are encouraged to access goods, services and activities within your local areas, by walking, wheeling or cycling if possible. More information can be found on the Transport Scotland website.

It is advisable to walk or cycle for your health and wellbeing. 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 active travel organisations.

It’s important to note:

  • You can currently only meet with one other household (maximum of six people) to cycle. If you’re a member of an affiliated cycling club, please follow Scottish Cycling guidance
  • 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 three there are differences in the lifting of the restrictions for those under 18. Visit the Scottish Government website for more info.  For info on our cycle training including Bikeability Scotland training, please read our operational update.

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 are with children or dogs.