Cycle Friendly Secondary School

Cycle Friendly Secondary School

Cycle Friendly Secondary School supports more pupils to enjoy the benefits of cycling and ride their bikes more often.

Cycling to school brings so many positive benefits: keeping young people fit and healthy, reduces stress ahead of exams, improves productivity and supports good mental wellbeing. The Cycle Friendly Secondary Schools programme provides a development fund and an award scheme to support schools to make it easier for their students to cycle.


The Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award

Our nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award rewards the parents, teachers and volunteers around Scotland committed to increasing cycling in schools. Schools are supported through each step of the process towards becoming Cycle Friendly, from the initial registration to assessment. 

The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting schools across Scotland to take a leading role in ensuring that any pupil, anywhere can enjoy the benefits of cycling. Cycling Scotland encourages schools who are developing local cycling opportunities to engage with the award as a support tool and to gain recognition for their achievements.

Who to contact for more information?
Matthew Wilberton (Development Officer)
0141 229 5446
matthewwilberton@cycling.scot


Cycle Friendly Secondary Schools Development Fund

What is the fund?
The development fund supports Scottish secondary schools to take a leading role in improving the facilities and opportunities for pupils to travel to school by bike. 

Just a few examples of successfully funded projects include bike maintenance equipment and training (SCQF qualifications available), bike recycling and providing bikes where there is a need, usually in areas of deprivation or remote locations with wide catchments.

Developing Cycle Champions among pupils will be a component of successful bids as they develop their project skills and help shape a project relevant to their peers. Cycling Scotland hosts shared learning events for the Pupil Cycle Champions to share best practice and equip teachers and pupils to deliver a successful cycling project. Support comes in the form of a Champions Handbook, including a series of lesson plans, useful templates and guidance from our Development Team. 

Why apply?
The development fund is a great way to access investment in making your secondary school cycle friendly. Creating opportunities for students to cycle brings so many positive benefits for young people: building their confidence, supporting disengaged students and creating projects that pupils can take ownership of.

How much is available?
The grant provides funding of up to £4,000 per secondary school. 

Who can apply?
The fund is open to all secondary schools in Scotland who are committed to increasing opportunities for pupils and staff to cycle.

How to apply?
The fund is now closed but please contact mattwilberton@cycling.scot to express your interest in future rounds of funding.