Cycle Friendly Employer

Cycle Friendly Employer

The nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award supports Scottish organisations wishing to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work. 

The Award

Organisations registered for Cycle Friendly Employer will benefit from guidance, resources and one-to-one support to enable an increase in staff cycle rates. Accredited service centres located across the country will help you through the process.

Employer Development Fund

The Cycle Friendly Development Fund of up to £25,000, financed by Transport Scotland, can be used for projects which encourage staff and visitors to travel by bike, including: 

  • Installing or enhancing cycle parking, increasing capacity and/or security
  • Upgrading minor workplace specific pedestrian/ cyclist access routes, including signage
  • Upgrading onsite facilities, including changing areas, showers, lockers and drying areas
  • Buying bikes to support a bike pool or hire fleet
  • Creating maintenance areas, including buying cycling tools

The next round will be launched later this year and organisations interested in applying are advised to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

We encourage all businesses to consider applying but particularly those located close to new Community Links or other new cycling infrastructure. More people are likely to choose to commute by bike as infrastructure improves so it’s likely there will be a greater demand for cycling facilities in nearby workplaces.

Why become a Cycle Friendly Employer?

There are many ways that cycling can benefit both you, as an employer, and the employees of your organisation.

Reduce sickness absence. Studies have shown that those who regularly cycle to work typically take fewer sick days than less active commuters.

Increased productivity. Regular exercise can not only reduce stress and improve mental health but can also increase energy and concentration levels, leading to a more productive workforce.

Boost your CSR. Supporting cycling can cut congestion, improve your local environment and enhance your corporate social responsibility by reducing your carbon footprint.

Save on expenses. Using a bike to travel short distances to meetings, or between sites, can save money that would previously have been spent on taxi and car expenses or on public transport.

Gain a Healthy Working Lives Award. Working towards Cycle Friendly Employer will support the physical activity criteria of the Healthy Working Lives Award.

Register your workplace