Cycle Friendly Employer Award


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.

The Award Process

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.

Register now!

Cycle Friendly Employer Service Centres

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

The Bike Station EdinburghThe Bike Station GlasgowRecyke-a-Bike, Adventure AberdeenVelocity Cafe and Bike ShopShetland Bike Project, Outfit Moray, Angus 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.

Cycle Friendly Employer Development Grant

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

The Development Fund is open to businesses and organisations who are working towards or have achieved the Cycle Friendly Employer Award. You can register for the award here and your local service centre will be in touch to arrange an assessment.

It is expected that Cycling Scotland will award individual grants of between £5,000 and £20,000.

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

You can download the Application Form.

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

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

Email applications to Caroline Hammond;

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

To find out more about the Big Count or call 0141 229 5350.

To find out more about cycling in the workplace, contact