Cycle Friendly Secondary School


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.

What is a Cycle Friendly Secondary School?
Our Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award is here to recognise and reward every secondary school in Scotland, doing what they can to encourage more cycling.
Our nationally recognised award is designed to:
• provide your school with support and advice on how to promoting cycling;
• identify potential barriers and help you overcome them;
• signpost you towards the many projects, services, and groups open to secondary schools.




To help take you through the award we have written the Cycle Friendly Secondary Handbook and Cycle Friendly Survey criteria. It gives you all the information you need to be able to guide your school through the award by giving you:
• case studies;
• useful sources of information;
• tips on how to encourage a culture of cycling at your school.

The step-by-step Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award process

1. Find a committed school ‘cycle champion’ to help guide your work (this may be you!).
2. Register your school online here.
3. Complete the quick and simple online self-assessment.
4. We will contact you to set up the next step.
5. We will then visit you to carry out a short site assessment.
6. If your school is successful you will receive a framed certificate to recognise your great work and we will support you with attracting publicity!


The Cycle Friendly Secondary School Development Fund is now open for 2017/18. The fund seeks to support projects which improve facilities and promote cycling, encouraging pupils and staff to travel by bicycle.

The Development Fund is open to Scottish secondary schools who are working towards or wish to maintain the Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award. You can register for the award above and we will be in touch to arrange an assessment.

Schools can apply for grants of up to £3,000.

Schools that are successfully funded will also benefit from Cycling Scotland’s support to develop the capability of pupils taking the role of Cycling Champion for the project. In addition to ongoing support, a one day skills development event will be held featuring a series of practical and classroom sessions. Emphasis will be on skills relevant to the funded project including; promotion of cycling, planning and development, project evaluation, maintenance of bikes or fleets. This learning opportunity will take place early in the 2017-18 school year to empower pupils to take an active role in projects.

Please read the Guidance Notes and Funding Process information carefully and seek advice from us prior to completing your application.

Guidance Notes can help you with; fund criteria, match funding; eligible and ineligible expenditure; scoring and assessment.

Download; Guidance Notes, Application Form.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 30th June 2017.

Email applications to Matt Wilberton;


Supporting services
• Cycle Friendly School champions handbook - A helpful book we wrote to guide you through the award with helpful tips and recommendations.  Click here to download it.
• Cycle training – We offer a range of courses for staff and volunteers to become cycle trainers and leaders. To find out more click here.
• Cycle training resources – In partnership with Road Safety Scotland we have developed  excellent resources to support the delivery of Bikeability Scotland cycle training.  To find out more information and to order your resources click here.
• Links and advice – If we can’t help you answer a question directly, chances are we know someone who can! Cycling Scotland are a member of the Cycling in Schools group, along with the CTC, Sustrans, EcoSchools, Learning Teaching Scotland, Scottish Cycling, Scottish Government, sportscotland, and Road Safety Scotland.


Contact Matt Wilberton - Development Officer - 0141 229 5350 
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How can your school promote and encourage cycling?

There are many quick and effective ways of getting more staff and pupils cycling. Why not:
• organise Dr Bike maintenance sessions, where a mobile mechanic services bike that are cycled to school;
• offer Pupil Role Model opportunities (below);
• arrange bike breakfasts;
• organise and/or take part in Bike Week events;
• take part in Scotland’s biggest bike ride the Pedal for Scotland;
• take part in Sustrans’ Big Pedal;
• the list is as endless as your creativity.

Cycle Training
The number one reason most people don’t cycle is lack of confidence. By offering training you can boost pupils’ confidence and provide them with valuable life-skills.
Bikeability Scotland training is the modern day cycling proficiency and the national standard for training. Bikeability Scotland training provides the skills necessary to tackle the most complex junctions and situations confidently. Training is free to all staff and volunteers committed to increasing training in schools.

Pupil Role Models
Pupil Role Models are senior pupils trained as Bikeability Cycle Training Assistants (CTA), that return to feeder primary schools to assist in the delivery of training, during curriculum volunteering time. There are many benefits to offering PRM in your school, including:
• providing pupils with an opportunity to gain leadership skills;
• providing pupils with coaching experience;
• linking in with the Sports Leaders awards;
• achieving outcome and experiences within the Curriculum for Excellence.
To take part all you need to do is train up one or more members of staff to Cycle Trainer PLUS level
•  then start to train up senior pupils (16+) to become CTAs*;
•  contact your feeder primaries to find out when Bikeability Scotland is due to be delivered.
Training is completely free of charge and provides CPD opportunities for school staff. To find out more about our qualifications please follow this link and download our course catalogue, contact or call 0141 229 5350.
*Senior pupils can deliver training under supervision of a trained adult.

Cycle parking
Attractive and accessible cycle storage can give your schools staff and pupils the incentive to cycle in to school. There are a wide range of options available and our engineering team can help guide you towards the right solution.

Pool bicycles
We have found a number of schools that managed to purchase bikes which they have used to include cycling as part of the Physical Education curriculum. Certain schools also used the bikes to provide use to pupils and the local community.
Funding for pool bikes may be available so if you are interested please do not hesitate to contact us