Cycling to school

Bike Academy Kids on bikes, image courtesy of Bike for Good

Giving children the skills and confidence to cycle to school, and with their family and friends, will help to establish sustainable travel behaviour for the future. Children and young people can learn to cycle at kids cycling clubs and via group or one-to-one training sessions provided by some of the city’s cycling organisations.

There is also Bikeability Scotland, a national cycle training scheme managed by Cycling Scotland which will give your child the skills and confidence to cycle safely on the roads, learn how to deal with traffic and become a biking expert now and into adulthood.

As a guide, the three levels of Bikeability are delivered to children in P5 to young people in S2:

  • Level 1 – P5
  • Level 2 – P6
  • Level 3 – P7-S2


Most Bikeability Scotland training is delivered in a school setting, usually by a member of staff at the school or a volunteer, often a parent of one of the pupils. Find out if your child’s school delivers Bikeability.

Cycle training, image courtesy of Bike for Good

Instructors play a hugely important role in encouraging and getting children cycling, in an enjoyable and fun environment. Qualified Cycle Trainer Assistants can deliver Levels 1 and 2, with Qualified Cycle Trainers able to deliver all three levels. Volunteers, school staff and individuals can explore training to be a bikeability Instructor.

Visit learning to cycle to find out which of the city’s cycling organisations deliver Bikeability training in non-school settings. The Parent’s Guide to Bikeability Scotland is a good place to find out more!

photographer Katie Noble, image courtesy of Bike for Good

Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Primary School Awards and Secondary School Primary School Awards supports more pupils to enjoy the benefits of cycling and ride their bikes more often. The Awards works closely with teachers, parents and pupils at Scottish schools to take a leading role in improving the facilities and increasing the opportunities for children to cycle to school.

Cycling to school in Glasgow

  • Bike for Good

    Cycle training and skills development for children at kids clubs, sale of refurbished bikes and more to support children and their families to confidently cycle to school.

    65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK 539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

  • Glasgow Eco Trust

    Deliver Bikeability Level 2 on road training to P6 pupils in local primary schools and work on a range of community led solutions to enable a Safer School Run.

    Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU

  • On Bikes

    Supporting young people to learn and develop cycling and maintenance skills so as to cycle to school.

    30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

  • Soul Riders

    The SoulKids programme is designed with young people in mind and includes Bikeability and mechanic training.

    4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

  • South West Community Cycles

    A Play on Pedals Hero Organisation giving children the chance to learn how to ride a bike and build their skills to cycle to school and with the family..

    Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK

Glasgow Eco Trust

Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK

On Bikes

30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

Soul Riders

4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

South West Community Cycles

Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

Glasgow Eco Trust

o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU