Cycle Friendly Employer Award

Want to start moving towards the award? Start by registering and answering eleven yes/no answer questions here.

If you would like to have a quick look at the assessment questions prior to registering click here

What is it?

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

We developed this award with support from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives with the aim of:

• providing tools and incentives to promote cycling in the workplace

• rewarding those organisations already working hard to increase workplace cycling

• providing ‘best practice’ guidance on commuting

• providing a tool to help improve a sustainable travel plan

We will support you through each stage of the award process. We will even provide you with  resources to boost cycling further, including:

• commuter training

• activity resources

The step-by-step Cycle Friendly Employer process

1. Find a committed workplace ‘cycle champion’ to lead the process, this person may be you!

2. Register your organisation online here

3. Complete the short ‘yes/no answer’ online self-assessment

4. We will contact you to provide feedback or to arrange the next step

5. Once you have collected supporting evidence we will carry out a short assessment visit

6. If you’re successful your workplace will receive a framed certificate and access to a range of supporting services

We now have Cycle Friendly Employer Service Centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling. To find out more please follow this link.

The Big Count

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.

Supporting services

We’re Offering Workplaces The Chance To ‘Own A Piece Of The Games’

Sustrans ScotlandCycling Scotland and Transport Scotland have joined forces to give workplaces across Scotland the chance to own a piece of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, in a bid to promote cycling to work.

From today, workplaces together with further and higher education establishments will be eligible to apply for the chance to own cycle racks which will be providing cycle parking at the Commonwealth Games venues across Glasgow this July.

Under the scheme, which forms part of Legacy 2014, organisations will be able to apply for up to a maximum of three cycle parking racks – to help boost their cycle facilities for employees and students.

Find out more about how to apply for cycle parking for your workplaces or further and higher education establishments based in Scotland. Be quick, the application closing date is 23rd May at 1pm!


Become a Workplace Cycle Instructor:

Offered in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives



Are you a keen cyclist and/or the office workplace champion for cycling? Have you ever dreamt of cycling becoming part of your job? We are excited to offer you the opportunity to become a Workplace Cycle Instructor, delivering Essential Cycling Skills to your colleagues.

ECS Capture

The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives have funded a number of spaces to employees of Cycle Friendly Employers or employers working towards CFE status to do just that. The two day course will provide staff with the skills to deliver a two and a half hour modular course that will give new and returning cyclists the skills they need to become confident cyclists, including:

  • bike handling skills;
  • best practice for on-road positioning;
  • knowledge of roadside repair.

To register your interest please, make sure your employer is CFE registered and send an email with the title ‘Workplace Instructor Training’ to detailing:

• your name and contact details (including name of workplace);

• your experience as a cyclist;

• details of how you will cascade training to your colleagues, including commitment from senior management to support your plans.

We will then contact you to let you know if you have been successful, providing details of where and when the training will take place. We will attempt to provide training in clusters around Scotland but travel may be required.

Cycle Commuter training

Our Cycle Commuter course is an comprehensive 8 hour package designed to provide you with the skills to become an expert commuter. Delivered by our experienced tutors the course balances the right mix of practical sessions and classroom based activities. By the end of this course you will be able to:

• understand best practice for making on-road positioning;

• check your bike is safe to use;

• make adjustments and carry out roadside repairs;

• plan a journey;

• understand what bikes and equipment exist and which will be best suited to your needs;

• make an independent journey.

We designed this course so that it can be delivered flexibly, with tutors tailoring lessons to the needs of the participants. The course can be delivered in four two hour sessions or two four hour sessions. These sessions can be delivered over lunch breaks, after work or on the weekends.

For more info contact Gary on 0141 229 5441. Cycle Commuter is currently being offered to organisations registered with Cycle Friendly Employer for the subsidised rate of £100 for a class of 8 – normal price £400

Love Hate My Bike resource kit

Love/Hate My Bike is an eye catching campaign designed to engage with you and your colleagues and get you talking about cycling. LHMB gives you the opportunity to tailor your own posters that your colleagues can interact with. The campaign is supported with a range of posters and other printed materials. LHMB also has an interactive online social networking site.

Join the debate at or contact to order a pack for your workplace.

Cycle Friendly Employer champions handbook

We designed this helpful booklet to help guide you through the award with helpful tips and recommendations along the way. Download the Cycle Friendly Employer champions handbook.

Considering Cycling to Work DVD workshop

This workshop is aimed at staff members who are contemplating active travel. It gives you the opportunity to consider and reflect on how cycle commuting could benefit you.  Using a DVD as its basis the session lasts one hour, and is ideal as a lunchtime workshop and introduction to cycle commuting.

For more information about the DVD workshop please contact Gary Bell on 0141 229 5358.

Links and advice

If we cannot immediately answer your question, there is an excellent chance we know someone who can! We are a member of various groups such as the Physical Activity Health Alliance and the Physical Activity Partner Group, alongside  Sustrans, JogScotland, Paths for All and SwimScotland.  We have links with the Scottish Government, local authorities, regional transport partnerships and other cycling agencies as well. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Hall of Fame

Please visit our Cycle Friendly Employer Hall of Fame, showing all of our Cycle Friendly Employers.


Gary Bell - Development Officer

Christopher Johnson – Senior Development Officer

Register now!