Cycle Friendly Communities

Cycle Friendly Communities

The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund 2015/16 is NOW CLOSED!


The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support groups to encourage cycling in their community and to deliver a sustainable cycling project.

This Transport Scotland funded grant scheme will enable community groups to support and deliver projects with an overall aim to increase the number of local journeys by bike. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community

The deadline for applications to be submitted was 5pm on Friday 3rd April 2015.

A Grants Panel is scheduled for Mid-April 2015 with a decision of who will receive funding expected by May 2015.

Information on Criteria, FAQs and case studies of last years funded projects are below.

Please Note: Development of a Cycle Friendly Community Award is under way. We hope to have established criteria for this Award by June 2015 and will be opening applications for grants up to £15,000 to more established cycling communities at this time.



To be eligible for a Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund grant, projects must meet set criteria. Applications will be assessed on their individual merits and scored against this criteria as well as the overall project plan. Maximum scores for each criterion are highlighted below;

  • Promotes behaviour change to encourage modal shift and account for associated carbon emission reductions (10 points available)

The project will engage with the community and enhance opportunities to cycle as a mode of transport for purposeful journeys, reducing single occupancy car use and overall carbon emissions.

The project will record the number of miles motorised vehicular travel is displaced by cycling to result in accurate monitoring of carbon savings. (Travel diary monitoring templates and link to a carbon calculator can be found in the Supporting Services Section at the bottom of this page).

  • Promotes local cycling activity and infrastructure in your community (5 points available)


The project will promote the use of existing infrastructure links to other local initiatives which aim to encourage increased cycle use. There should be a focus on enhancing and building upon skills and resources already present in the community.

  • Delivers a sustainable cycling project that supports the wider community (5 points available)

The project will focus on becoming sustainable and will encourage development beyond the initial funded period. It will recognise existing barriers to access to cycling across the whole community and strive to overcome and eliminate these.

How much will we fund?

It is rare that Cycling Scotland will award projects grants in excess of £5,000.  Please note we cannot fund staff costs.

Frequently Asked Questions;

Below are answers of some common questions about the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund and the grant process.

  • Who can apply for a Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community grant?

The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is open to all community-led projects that are working to address the needs of their community in line with the CFSCF criteria. Constituted community groups and organisations are eligible to apply, as are those who are in the process of becoming constituted or who hope to be as a result of funding.

Partners from all sectors are welcome and encouraged to contribute to successful projects. Projects will involve the participation of the local community their planning and running. *After school community based groups can apply for funding however Schools cannot directly apply for funding.

Groups and organisations that have previously secured funding through the Community Cycling Innovation Fund, Cycle Friendly Communities Fund and Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund can only apply for funding for a new project with new aims and outcomes.

Projects currently funded through the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund and Cycle Friendly Community Award Development Grants will be ineligible for funding before the completion of their current CFSCF grant-funded project.

  • If we are not yet constituted, how do we begin this process?

Guidance on how to become constituted can be found on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) website:

  • How much can we apply for?

The maximum amount community groups can apply for is £5,000.

  • How long will funding last for?

We ask that community groups spend their money within 12 months of signing their grant acceptance letter.

  • What is eligible expenditure?

Some items of expenditure are outlined below. This list is not exhaustive;
- purchase of bikes
- purchase of cycle training
- storage for bikes
- safety equipment
- bike tools
- development of cycle maps
- bike events that will contribute to behaviour change and increased bike use

  • What is ineligible expenditure?

- Retrospective costs
- Staff costs
- Political campaigning or activities
- Activities promoting specific religious/other beliefs
- Loan repayments

  • If successful in receiving a CFSCF grant, what will be expected of the community group?

We ask that grand funded community groups complete a 6 month report updating us of your progress towards achieving your aims and delivering your outcomes as well as a final report at the end of your grant funded period summarising your project, identifying your achievements and explaining how you met your aims. We also require you to keep receipts of all items of expenditure and to submit these with your final report.

  • What support and guidance is available for funded groups?

A dedicated Development Officer will be available to offer advice and guidance in all aspects of your project. This can be from the initial planning stage right through to the delivery of the project. Advice can be given on project planning, monitoring and evaluation, budget control and many more areas. For advice on your project, please contact Shona Morris on 01412295446 or

2014/15 Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund Projects

A total of £35,708.61 was successfully awarded through the 2014/15 Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund to the following 10 community groups in Scotland. 

  • Women’s Learn to Ride Leaders Project                  Backbone    

Backbone as an organisation target marginalised groups, with particular reference to women and BME communities. They bring people from different backgrounds together through engaging with nature and outdoor activities.

Backbone were awarded a CFSCF grant in 2012 to run Women’s Learn To Ride Project in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife, Highlands & Perth.  They used their grant to train over 15 women as Cycle Ride Leaders which would give them the skills to run informal bike sessions for their family and friends. These women are giving back to their own community, targeting those who would not normally go out biking due to lack of confidence, isolation issues, cultural barriers, mental health issues and lack of command of the English language.

The Women’s Learn to Ride Leaders project will support the next phase of skill development for several of the women who were engaged with the initial project. This will give the confidence and knowledge needed to set up cycling projects in multiple locations across Scotland. Backbone will use their CFSCF grant to hold maintenance sessions, first aid training and provision of supervision from Cycling Scotland Tutors. The leadership qualification gained will allow the women to progress in leading successful and sustainable cycling groups.

  • Glenelg by Bike                      Bike Club – Glenelg Parent Council

The Bike Club was recently set up by Glenelg Parent Council and based in the village of Glenelg in the Western Highlands. The Bike Club will run the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Funded project ‘Glenelg by Bike’. This project is supported by Cycling Scotland to provide seasonal Dr. Bike and ‘Fix Your Own’ bike maintenance sessions to adults and children to allow them to repair minor faults on their bikes. Two members of the community will receive Cycle Ride Leader training which will enable the development of a local led ride programme. A cycle track will be used at community events and to help increase bike skills and control. Overall it is anticipated that with the increased knowledge of bike maintenance and confidence gained from participation in led rides, the community will increase their cycling habits and replace shore journeys by bike.

  • The Vennie Bike Club                Knightsridge Adventure Project

Knightsridge Adventure Project (known locally as the Vennie) is based in Knightsridge and the surrounding area in North Livingstone and was established 6 years ago in response to a community consultation raising concerns about anti-social behaviour, problematic drinking and youth crime.

The Vennie has been supported by previously CFSCF funded project Put Your West Foot Forward Cycling Initiative to undertake Cycle Ride Leader and bike maintenance training in order to establish led cycle rides and a small bike lending library.  In response to the community’s enthusiasm, The Vennie Bike Club will build on these skills to develop a bike recycling initiative with their Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund. Bike maintenance skills will be transferred to young people, increasing their employability, self-confidence, health and wellbeing. Unused bikes donated by the community will be recycled and used to extend the library, allowing increased number of users. It is anticipated that The Vennie Bike Club project will increase health and wellbeing in the North Lanarkshire community as well as increasing employability of those involved.

  • Cycling with Garden for Life          Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden

Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden are a group that runs a 5 acre site between the ex-mining towns of Polbeth and West Calder in West Lothian. Alongside growing, they manage a woodland area and engage with the local schools and youth groups. Their project, Cycling with Garden for Life, aims to increase local cycling and in particular, reduce non-essential car usage to the community garden. They will use their grant to purchase secure bike stands which will be located at the garden. Previously CFSCF funded project Put Your West Foot Forward, will work in partnership with Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden to arrange led rides.

  • Perth Cycle Hub                         NHS Tayside

The Perth Physiotherapy Department for Adults with Learning Disabilities supports clients with learning disabilities, which are often accompanied by a wide range of physical impairments. The Perth Cycle Hub project will provide a range of cycling activities to enhance health and wellbeing of those with physical and learning disabilities in the community. The CFSCF grant will be used to purchase adapted bicycles and to train staff to support cyclists with disabilities. This project will be run in partnership with Blazing Saddles, run through Fabb Scotland, who aim to use ‘bikes to break barriers’. The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for the learning disability population to learn a new skill which can be used for recreation, health and travel purposes, and which can provide a route to progress into other independent cycling groups within the community.

  • Get Active Dalbeattie             Healthy Dalbeattie Community Partnership

The Healthy Dalbeattie Community Partnership is a multi-agency initiative that was created as a partnership between the NHS, Local Authority and local cycle enthusiasts.

The CFSCF funded project, Get Active Dalbeattie, will focus on increasing confidence and utilisation of bikes for active travel and recreation among the community. Volunteers of the project will be trained as Cycle Ride Leaders to allow a programme of led rides to be established. This is intended to increase confidence in cycling and skills in basic bike repairs and maintenance will also be gained through maintenance training sessions. The group will promote the project through local schools, the health centre, the sport and leisure centre and community groups as well as host awareness raising events that will highlight the benefits of cycling.

  • CamGlen Bike Town              Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust

Due to local demand, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust recently developed a new initiative called CamGlen Bike Town. The initiative aims to encourage people to cycle more and support the communities of Cambuslang and Rutherglen to become cycle friendly by removing access barriers and providing cycling opportunities. It seeks to help people get out of their cars and onto their bikes for local journeys; decreasing carbon emissions whilst boosting health, making savings on journey costs and generating community activities. Their CFSCF grant will allow them to establish local cycle ‘meet up’ groups for adults and women only. It will allow the development and facilitation of year round Bike Commuter Trains (like LA Bike Train as well as led rides for all in the community. Dr Bike sessions and maintenance training will also be provided for all in the community to benefit from. A children’s specific bike club will be developed to local kids to allow them to familiarise themselves with the community and provide them with knowledge of safe cycling routes and essential bike maintenance skills. This project will be run in conjunction with a Climate Challenge Fund project Healthy n Happy are also delivering.

  • Blazing Saddles – The Missing Link            Fabb Scotland

FABB Scotland’s Blazing Saddles’ All Ability Mobile Cycling Hub promotes all ability cycling throughout Scotland. It provides the resources for people with additional support needs take part in cycling with their friends and family. In partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, Sustrans Scotland and Scottish Cycling they aim to set-up 12 all ability cycling hubs throughout Scotland by March 2017. The missing Link project will support the establishment of hubs in Stirling and Fife.

Since 2012, Blazing Saddles has provided all ability bike sessions and cycle out days for over 650 young people, children and adults with additional support needs. This has been done in partnership with local Active Schools Co-ordinators, Outdoor Education Instructor, local disability sport development and community health officers. Their CFSCG grant will fund cycle training for volunteer bike buddies, roadside repair sessions for parents and carers and learning sessions on specialised and adapted bikes. Blazing Saddles will also support the Perth Cycle Hub project which also benefits from grant funding in this round of CFSCF.

  • Go Neilston! Go Bike!                    Neilston Development Trust

Neilston Development Trust was established by the Neilston community in 2006 to support the regeneration of the area. The aim of the trust is to develop physical, economic and personal assets of our community. They successfully received a CFSCF grant in 2012 to deliver a cycling project called Bike Bank Hub, which they used to train volunteers and staff in bike maintenance and cycle training. Maintenance sessions were held which taught locals how to fix their own bikes and cycle training was delivered to school children and adults.

Go Neilston! Go Bike! will be a continuation of the initial project. It will support the “main streaming” of on-road, local journeys by bike, to school; to local facilities, services and shops, and increase the numbers of woman, over 50′s; families, commuters and young people cycling locally and as a recreational activity. They will do this in a variety of ways which include, recycling of donated bikes, long term loans of refurbished bikes, development of bike-trains to and from local schools, encouraging Cycle Friendly School Award application and much more and overall remove barriers that currently prevent people cycling in Neilston.

  • Re-Cycle                   Networks of Wellbeing Ltd

 Networks of Wellbeing is a mental health and wellbeing organisation that provides support services to Huntly and the surrounding areas in Aberdeenshire. Cycling was identified as an area of development three years ago which has led to the promotion of cycling and associated bike related activity in recent years. The ‘Huntly Bike Shack’, established in 2012 by Networks of Wellbeing, coordinates a volunteer led, bike recycling scheme. The Re-Cycle project will use their CFSCF grant to train two volunteers as bike mechanics. The two trained mechanics will deliver bike maintenance sessions to the community particularly to adults and to secondary school pupils. It is hoped that the school children will benefit from these maintenance sessions and feel more confident to ride their bikes to school as they will have basic maintenance knowledge, should they need to apply it. Overall, it is anticipated that there will be an increase in cycling in the Huntly area for purposeful journeys which will ultimately lead to reduced carbon emissions.

Supporting Services

Cycle Ride Leader -  This is a one day course aimed at those who will be leading groups through a variety of rides on pre-planned risk assessed routes within their local area, usually as part of a larger project.  Such programmes are likely to be aimed at adult groups and the emphasis may be on those returning to cycling, those wanting to be more active, a health focus or merely to highlight the range of rides available locally. Click here for more information.

Bike Events Scotland - Scotland’s most comprehensive bike events website, providing a list of every kind of bike event in one place.  Visit to find events local to your group, or to add your own cycle event.

Hall of Fame - Please visit our Community Cycling Project Hall of Fame with information on all the projects we have funded or supported so far under the Community Cycling Innovation Fund, including a selection of helpful case studies to give you ideas and promote shared learning.

Travel Plan Diary - Travel diaries are a great way to monitor how we travel and look at how we can make these trips more sustainable, if needed. Click on this link to download a useful travel diary here

Carbon Calculator - Why not monitor how much carbon you have used on your journey using the following link - carbon calculator


Cycling Scotland hosted a Community  Networking Event in October 2014 for community groups that have received grant funding through the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund (CFSCF).

This event was intended to provide an opportunity for groups to meet other community based cycling projects from across Scotland to share experiences and create new contacts.

The day proved a success with lots of discussions and contact sharing between attendees. Two development workshops took place along with talks from 5 community representatives from;

Backbone – Glasgow

Fintry Development Trust – Stirling

Neilston Development Trust – East Renfrewshire

Saltersgate School – Midlothian

The Bike Station – Glasgow

Presentations and an overview of the day can be downloaded here.

Contact Us

For more information on the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund, please contact us below;

Shona Morris – Development Officer

Christopher Johnson – Lead Development Officer