Cycle Friendly Campus Award


Following the success of our Cycle Friendly Schools and Employer Awards (and now the introduction of a Community Award), the Cycle Friendly Campus Award is aimed at encouraging and supporting colleges and universities across Scotland to take a leading role in increasing the number of students, staff and visitors traveling by bike. The award will focus on encouraging and enabling students to make regular journeys to, from and around campus by bike.

You can find out more by downloading the Cycle Friendly Campus Award Handbook.

Register Your Campus Today!

2017 Cycle Friendly Campus Development Fund

The Cycle Friendly Campus Development Fund is now open.

This grant fund is designed to support capital investment projects aimed at improving cycling facilities and getting more students on their bikes.

Applications are invited form Scottish colleges and universities who are committed to promoting cycling as a healthy sustainable travel choice.

Download guidance notes and an application form.

Becoming a Cycle Friendly Campus

Step One  


Identify the lead person or project officer who can manage the journey through the Cycle Friendly process.  There might be member of staff who has a role in supporting cycling, active travel or sustainability.

Step Two     


Complete the registration and self-assessment questionnaire. It is a good idea to take a look at what support there is for cycling on your campus. Consider cycle parking available, opportunities to hire or buy discounted bikes, cycling clubs or cycle training. Think about any events around campus where cycling is encouraged and discuss with other students and staff what they think would improve cycling to, from and around your campus.

Step Three


Cycling Scotland will work closely with campus staff and students to build a development plan and kick start the journey towards achieving Cycle Friendly status.

What does a Cycle Friendly Campus look like?

Working towards the Cycle Friendly Campus Award will help your college or university create an environment that supports staff, students and visitors to travel by bicycle.

A recognised Cycle Friendly Campus may offer cycle parking, bike hire or loan schemes, cycle training, access to showers and lockers or personal travel planning.

Perhaps staff and students will take part in Pedal for Scotland, Scotland’s biggest bike event, or host regular bike breakfasts to maintain momentum and bring others on board.

The Cycle Friendly Campus Award will recognise campuses which promote cycling as an accessible, attractive and convenient travel choice for staff, students and visitors.

Why go for the Cycle Friendly Campus Award?

Getting more of the campus community to cycle will offer a range of benefits.

Improved health and well-being for all

  • Regular cycling has been proven to have a positive effect on physical and mental well-being, meaning students and staff arrive more alert and ready for the day ahead

Improved image and perception

  •  The Cycle Friendly Campus Award reflects a positive environment in which to study, live and work, increasing the marketability of your        campus to students, staff and sponsors.

Improved links between campuses

  • A convenient, affordable and efficient mode of transport is very likely to improve connectivity between campuses

Reduced pollution and congestion

  • With fewer short distance car journeys to and from campus, carbon emissions will be lower and congestion reduced

Responsible travel choices for life

  • Students may carry cycling habits on to the workplace and inspire friends and family to do the same

2015 Pilot Project

Cycling Scotland has partnered with the following five higher and further education institutions in order to trial measures aimed to encourage cycling among the student body. By clicking on the links below, you can find out more about what they offer in support of cycling

–          The University of Edinburgh 

–          Glasgow Caledonian University

–          The University of Dundee

–          Fife College

–          Heriot-Watt University

For more information on Cycle Friendly Campus, contact:

Paul Wright, Development Officer  – 0141 229 5443

or email