Operational update

Last updated: 26 April 2021

Following public health advice concerning Covid-19, our priority is to follow the protocols and protect the wellbeing of everyone we work with and the wider community.


In Scotland, local authority areas and their covid levels are currently being assessed on an individual basis. It is important that you visit the Scottish Government website for more information on what restrictions are in place for each local authority and at what level and follow this guidance.

Under this guidance, practical Cycling Scotland cycle training can take place, if the Scottish Government guidelines for each level are followed.

Cycling Scotland tutors and instructors can undertake cycle training sessions with up to eight participants from different households, in line with our established training ratios.  Any theory content that can’t be delivered outdoors can also be offered as remote learning.

In levels 1, 2 & 3, an appropriate indoor venue can be used only when a covid risk assessment is in place and followed at all times.

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 delivered sessions in 2020.

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 are being done online and with telephone guidance and support. Further details are available at cyclingfriendly.scot.

Pedal for Scotland

Pedal for Scotland events were 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 are 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.