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Transport Scotland

Support available to encourage Walking, Wheeling and Cycling in Scotland

Transport Scotland allocates money to partner organisations that are responsible for delivering walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure and behaviour change projects across Scotland. Collectively these are the ‘Active Travel Delivery Partners’.

Projects we work on often focus on other core objectives such as climate change, reducing isolation, supporting people with physical or mental health concerns or disabilities, making places more attractive to live in and easier to walk, wheel or cycle around, and much more.

Please see some information below on current projects and support available to community groups, organisations and individuals across the country.

This is only a small part of the support available from each organisation, and the work each organisation does. For further information on any of the support on offer, or to discuss your needs or the needs of the community you work with, please contact the most relevant organisation directly.

Information on active travel (walking, wheeling and cycling for everyday journeys)
www.SustainableTravel.scot – managed by Paths for All this website contains information on a wide range of funding and support available for making everyday journeys more actively.

Cycling Scotland – Scotland’s National Cycling Organisation:

Our Cycling Friendly Community Fund 2022/2023 is now open. Constituted community groups across Scotland can apply for up to £20,000 to provide cycling facilities and increase access to bikes.

Our Social Housing Partnership Fund 2022/2023 is now open –

Social Housing providers in Scotland can apply for up to £25,000 per site to provide facilities that will encourage residents to walk and cycle.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cycling Friendly team: cyclingfriendly@cycling.scot

Cycling UK in Scotland can provide:

  • Advice and information on delivering cycling activities via 12 development officers operating across all 32 Local Authority areas.
  • Up to £1500 funding through the SHIFT grant offering support to organisations with the aim of encouraging more people to cycle for everyday journeys.

Contact your regional development officer

Energy Saving Trust – Working to Address the Climate Emergency:

Living Streets – The UK Charity for Everyday Walking can provide:

  • Support for people to take action for better, more inclusive, more walkable streets, and spaces that meet everyone’s needs through the Healthier Streets project, 20 minute neighbourhood project.
  • Support to set up local action groups.

Contact scotland@livingstreets.org.uk

Paths for All – The National Walking Charity:

– Making it Easier to Walk, Wheel and Cycle for Everyone:

  • ArtRoots is a grant for communities on traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network to improve their neighbourhood through art. Grants up to £5000 are available to any eligible community organisation with no requirement for match funding. More information can be found here, explore the ArtRoots map here, or contact Pat.douglass@sustrans.org.uk.
  • #JoinTheMovement by getting involved in our #AndSheCycles campaign! We would like to invite teenage girls and young women, and people who run activities with and for them to join our festival of led rides in the week commencing 20th June. To find out more contact andshecycles@sustrans.org.uk
  • Look out for the launch of our new Peer Mentor programme – Activate Mentoring in June! Providing opportunities for community groups and organisations to share knowledge and learn from each other’s experiences of running projects encouraging people to walk, wheel or cycle, and improving public spaces for this to happen. Express interest here to be kept up to date.

Contact: communities.team@sustrans.org.uk