Myths and facts


We recently held a number of focus groups with car drivers from different locations in Scotland to plan for this year’s cycling road safety campaign.

Some misconceptions about cycling came up again and again – which could go some way to explain the resentment some people feel towards people on bikes.

We thought it might help to share the truths behind the myths.

Myth: Cyclists shouldn’t be in the middle of the road

Fact: It’s legal for people to cycle in the middle of a lane and it’s sometimes the safest place.

Myth: Cyclists don't pay road tax

Fact: Everyone pays for our roads through general and local taxation.

Myth: There’s no cycle proficiency training these days.

Fact: Cycle proficiency training is still happening in schools across Scotland… it’s just called something else now - Bikeability Scotland.

Myth: Cars have right of way over bikes

Fact: People on bikes have equal rights to people in any vehicle.

Myth: Cycling two abreast is illegal

Fact: It’s legal for people to cycle side by side on roads in Scotland.