Operational update

Last updated: 5 January 2021

Following public health advice concerning coronavirus, our priority is to follow the protocols and protect the wellbeing of everyone we work with and the wider community.


From 2 November 2020, Scotland moved into the new system of the Scottish Government’s Covid Protection Levels (more information on the Scottish Government website). New stay at home regulations came into effect on 5 January 2021 for mainland Scotland.

In all local authorities under level 4 restrictions, Cycling Scotland instructor and ride leader training sessions cannot continue, other than Essential Cycling Skills sessions delivered outdoors on a 1:1 basis.

For any local authorities under Levels 1-3 restrictions, practical Cycling Scotland cycle training can take place outdoors, if the Scottish Government guidance is followed. Cycling Scotland tutors and instructors can undertake cycle training sessions with up to eight adults. Courses must be hosted by client organisations, with any access to indoor space managed in line with HSE guidelines.

For our tutors and instructors, we have developed a Covid-19 risk assessment, including guidance to be followed on physical distancing, hygiene, relevant PPE and reporting mechanisms.

All instructors involved in the delivery of Bikeability Scotland and Play on Pedals cycle training should also follow local authority operating procedures.

Recognising that current circumstances are making the planning and delivery of Bikeability Scotland more challenging, this free webinar offers the chance to hear from experienced instructors and local authority coordinators who have delivered over the summer and during the first few weeks of the new session.

If you have any questions related to delivering cycle training, please email training@cycling.scot.

Cycling Friendly grant funding

We would like to reassure all Cycling Friendly organisations of our understanding and support for issues you may now be facing in delivering funded projects. If you have applied for or received grant funding from us, please note: 

  • Where a grant offer has been made, this will be paid on time, subject to the submission of relevant paperwork.
  • If you are experiencing difficulties achieving any agreed outputs or outcomes because of the new circumstances, please contact us to discuss.
  • Similarly, if you think you will struggle to meet a project delivery or reporting deadline because of restrictions, please contact us to agree a revised time frame. 

Whilst the overall terms and conditions which apply to your grant will continue, we understand you may need more time and we are here to support you to achieve the outcomes.

Cycling Friendly awards

Please note our nationally recognised award assessments will continue with online and telephone guidance and support; further details are available at cyclingfriendly.scot.

Pedal for Scotland

Pedal for Scotland events had to be paused in 2020 due to Covid-19. Subject to mass participation events running in 2021, we are supporting community organisations to deliver local, beginner-friendly cycling events. Find out more.

Contact us

In line with advice from the Scottish Government, our staff have now moved to home working. Our development officers can be contacted by email or mobile if you are already in touch with them or you can:


We are following the latest advice from the Scottish Government and will update our guidance as and when the situation changes.