Play on Pedals Training

MARK BEAUMONT EARLY YEARS CYCLING-LWPlay on Pedals Training provides the learning, skills and resources to promote cycling to early years participants in a fun and interactive way. Initially sponsored by the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery, the project was created in partnership between Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station, CTC – the national cycling charity and Cycling Scotland.

Pre-school children will learn about the parts of a bicycle, how to fit a helmet correctly and the basics of looking after their bikes. Through a series of fun and imaginative activities, they will be helped to develop their balance and control skills, often using a pedal-less balance bike.

When ready, children will get the opportunity to move onto a pedal bike. All sessions and games are designed to support confidence, interactive learning and development physical skills.

Play on Pedals training is a fantastic pre-cursor to the Bikeability Scotland training that is delivered in many primary schools.

Where does Play on Pedals happen?

Following hugely successful Play on Pedals programmes in both Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, the scheme is being rolled out in nurseries and early years centres across the country.

Indeed, fifteen local authorities are currently supporting their practitioners through Cycling Scotland’s instructor training.

They include; Clackmannanshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, Stirling, Orkney and West Lothian.

With the success of the scheme so far, more local authorities continue to subscribe to Play on Pedals Training.

What support is available?

Local authorities that are signed up to Play on Pedals Training are able to access funding, training and resources from Cycling Scotland.

More information

North Lanarkshire Council produced a short film of their Play on Pedals early years programme. View it here.

If you would like to discuss the Play on Pedals instructor training rollout further please contact Paul Wright on 0141 229 5443 or