Frequently asked questions


Award FAQs

What is the award?

Cycling Scotland’s nationally recognised Cycling Friendly award is for organisations and community groups across Scotland and recognises work and commitment to increasing cycling.

How to register?

· Register online providing contact details and some background information.

· A Cycling Friendly assessor will be assigned to assist you and will arrange an informal assessment and review of your facilities.

· You will receive a tailored action plan containing advice and guidance as well as providing ongoing support to help you meet the criteria.

· Once the actions have been completed, you will receive your Cycling Friendly award.

· The award is valid for 3 years and can be renewed online.

Who can register?

The Cycling Friendly award is open to employers, community groups, university and college campuses and schools, recognising organisations across Scotland working to increase cycling rates and promote active travel.

How long will the award process take?

Once you have registered your assessor will visit and provide you with an action plan.

The process to achieve the award is dependent on successfully meeting the criteria and carrying out any actions.

This may involve improvement to facilities or the delivery of cycle activities and your assessor will support you through the process. As every organisation, school or community group has different needs and requirements, there's no set timeframe to achieve the award, and once you achieve the award it's valid for three years and can be renewed online.

Who is my Cycling Friendly assessor?

Your Cycling Friendly assessor will carry out an assessment and provide local support, guidance and feedback at every stage of the award process. The assessor is selected from Cycling Scotland staff or one of our trained assessors working in one of the below named accredited centres across Scotland.

Cycling Friendly assessors can help you deliver a range of activities, such as on-site bicycle maintenance sessions, cycle training with Essential Cycling Skills, support for workplace led rides, access to cycling resources plus much more.

Bike for Good (Glasgow)

The Bike Station (Edinburgh)

Forth Environment Link (Stirling & Falkirk).

Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop (Inverness)

CamGlen Bike Town (Cambuslang & Rutherglen)

Adventure Aberdeen (Aberdeen)

North Ayrshire Council (North Ayrshire)

Does Cycling Friendly provide help to learn how to cycle?

One of the reasons people don’t cycle is lack of confidence.

Learning to cycle is a valuable life-skill and Cycling Scotland provide training programmes for all ages.

Contact or your Cycling Friendly assessor for details on accessing training from your nearest training delivery outlet and advice on courses to best meet your needs.

I need an update on the award or have a query relating to the action plan.

Contact or your Cycling Friendly assessor for support and updates on the process to become Cycling Friendly.

Funding FAQs

Is funding available?

Once you have registered for Cycling Friendly, you may be able to apply for development grant funding to improve cycle parking, cycling facilities, purchase pool bikes and undertake minor internal modifications such as changing facilities.

Funding is available for workplaces, community groups, college and university campuses and secondary schools.

Further details are posted on the grants section and our website.

What is the development grant fund?

Cycling Friendly programmes provide funding as well as awards.

Grant funding is available, through Transport Scotland, to support organisations and community groups to deliver projects which improve cycling facilities and promote cycling as well as increasing access to bikes and opportunities to cycle.

Check the grants section for further information.

Can we receive funding to help achieve the award?

Yes. Your Cycling Friendly Award assessor can advise you of opportunities to apply for funding and provide support on the process. Alternatively email to speak to one of the Cycling Friendly team.

How can my organisation apply for funding?

Check the grants section and our website for links to application forms and guidance notes.

You can speak with your Cycling Friendly award assessor, email to speak to one of the Cycling Friendly team.