Cycling advice

Last updated: 23 November

It’s 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.

General travel guidance

There are currently variations on the level of restrictions and travel across the country. The latest information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

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.

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 well within your ability level.

Legal restrictions on travel

Generally, travel should be minimised as much as possible and regulations prohibit travel without a reasonable excuse into or out of a Level 3 or 4 local authority area. Local outdoor informal exercise including cycling is permitted to cross boundary areas (in groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households). It should start and finish at the same place (which could be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area). Please remember that it’s important for everyone’s safety that we all reduce travel as much as possible.

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.  

Walking, cycling and wheeling guidance

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 affiliated cycling club, please follow Scottish Cycling guidance.

Remember FACTS

Please adhere to government advice around Covid-19 and 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

Visit the Scottish Government website and use the postcode checker for details on restrictions within your area.  For info on our cycle training including Bikeability Scotland training, please read our operational update.