The Cycling Framework for Active Travel

Organisation: The Scottish Government

Date of Publication: April 2023

Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 17 May 2023

The Scottish Government has published this plan to increase everyday cycling across the country – with a particular focus on safe cycling infrastructure. 

The Cycling Framework for Active Travel will shape how government, councils and active travel organisations deliver improvements.

Developed in partnership with Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, local authorities and following extensive public consultation, the shared actions are designed to remove barriers to cycling across the country and transform communities into healthier and happier places to live, work and visit.

The Cycling Framework is structured around six themes:

  • Safe cycling infrastructure – high quality, suitable and accessible for all
  • Effective resourcing – long-term funding for the delivery of infrastructure and supporting access, training and facilities programmes
  • Fair access – increased equity of access to cycling, ensuring that adapted and non-standard cycles, e-bikes and cargo bikes are supported
  • Training and education – ensuring infrastructure is supported by wrap around promotional programmes, training and complementary initiatives. Providing opportunities for all to learn how to cycle from an early age into adulthood
  • Network planning – prioritise investment based on local active travel strategies, mapping existing and planned networks to improve consistency
  • Monitoring – ensuring robust process are in place to capture insight which will help to inform future network planning, including local and national alignment of routes and facilities

Click on the link below to access the plan via the Scottish Government website: