East Lothian Council

Cycle training awareness

How to cycle safely to school

The Scottish Cycle Training Scheme (SCTS) is designed to give pupils the skills and knowledge they need to ride safely and sensibly on the road, thus helping reduce the number of child cyclists involved in road accidents.

The scheme is generally offered to all P6/7 pupils in East Lothian and teaches them:

  • basic control exercises
  • how to perform an emergency stop
  • how to safely make right and left turns from minor to major and major to minor roads

All of these exercises include observation and signalling skills and a general awareness of traffic.

Classroom-based work also covers the Highway Code, bike maintenance and awareness of environmental issues.

Pupils are either continually assessed throughout the course or take a test at the end.

SCTS is run by Lothian & Borders Police Road Safety Officers in partnership with:

  • primary schools
  • Active School Coordinators
  • the School Travel Coordinator
  • the Road Safety Unit 
  • adult volunteers (all volunteers are fully trained, supported and monitored by their local Road Safety Officer)

The scheme runs from spring to autumn and is linked to the National Curriculum Framework.

John Muir House, Court Street, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824305

Fax: 01620 827710

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.