Cycle Friendly Employer


Cycling Scotland has developed a suite of Cycle Friendly programmes to help promote and support cycling locally and make our workplaces, schools, campuses and communities more cycle friendly.


Our nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award is for Scottish organisations committed to increasing cycling.

Working alongside regional service centres, those registered for the Cycle Friendly Employer Award will benefit from a range of useful services designed to ensure their efforts make a difference.

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award will:

  • reward those organisations already working hard to increase workplace cycling

  • provide a tool to help improve provision for cycling in the workplace

  • provide resources and ‘best practice’ guides to support your organisation

  • signpost your organisation to local initiatives that may assist you becoming Cycle Friendly

  • offer your organisation access to a Workplace Grant Fund

  • expert one-to-one guidance through our service centre network

  • provide the tools needed to effectively monitor and evaluate staff cycling rates

Once you have registered here you will be contacted by your local service centre who will provide the support you need to achieve the award.

View the assessment criteria here.





Consider the current level of support for cycling at your workplace. You may wish to discuss with staff or management to get a broad idea of what is offered or what needs improved. Register your workplace online and complete the self assessment which consists of 12 simple questions.

A Cycle Friendly assessor will be assigned to assist you with the award criteria. The first step is an informal assessment of your workplace, with a review of your facilities and the current level of support provided.

Your assessor will follow up with a tailored action plan containing advice and guidance surrounding the areas that need improvement in order to achieve the award.

Once these actions have been completed the assessor will award your certificate.



We work in partnership with nine Cycle Friendly Employer Service Centres across Scotland.

The Bike Station EdinburghThe Bike Station GlasgowRecyke-a-BikeVelocity Cafe and Bike ShopShetland Bike ProjectOutfit MorayAngus Cycle Hub and Neilston Development Trust are all fully accredited by Cycling Scotland to provide local support and delivery of the Cycle Friendly Employer Award.

Cycle Friendly Employer assessors will provide support, guidance and feedback at every stage of the award process. They are also able to deliver a range of workplace based activities, including; onsite bicycle maintenance through ‘Dr Bike’, cycle training with Essential Cycling Skills, support for workplace led rides and access to cycling resources and information plus much more.



Registered employers will have access to the Employer Development Fund which can be used to improve facilities or purchase cycling equipment such as pool bikes. To apply for the funding, workplaces must be able to demonstrate how the fund will help overcome barriers towards achieving the award criteria.

Good news! The Employer Development Fund is currently open and applications for capital investment focused projects of up to £25,000 will be considered.

Closing date: Monday 12th November 2018 (5pm).

To download the application pack follow this link



The Big Count asks you, twice a year, to visit the bike parking at your workplace and count the number of bikes there that day. It’s that simple. There are so many reasons to take part:
• we will enter you into a prize draw to win a bike;
• you will be regularly and anonymously monitoring your organisation’s rates of cycling;
• it takes 5 minutes to do;
• your organisation will be taking a step towards becoming a Cycle Friendly Employer;
• and you will be helping Scotland become a nation of cyclists.
To find out more about the Big Count follow this link or call 0141 229 5350.


Nathalie Libera - Development Officer