Get fit & stay healthy
Regular cycling outside is a great way to get some fresh air and sunlight to boost your vitamin D levels. Cycling not only keeps you healthy, it can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.
Get there fast
59.7% of journeys in Dumfries & Galloway are under 5 km and a 3 km trip can be cycled in 10-15 minutes. Bikes can also use routes not accessible to cars so you may be able to avoid peak hour congestion.
Reduce your carbon footprint and help tackle local air pollution.
Replace short car journeys with cycle trips. Cycling 2 miles to and from work five days per week saves doing 920 miles in your car per year, equating to an average saving of £150.
Travelling safely by cycling during Covid-19
If you do need to travel, try to walk, wheel or cycle where possible. The Way to Work Scotland website has lots of resources available to help you travel actively.
"After my e-bike induction, I went and got my own bike out after 7 years. I took my son on a bike ride in the forest for the first time and he loved it" - D&G resident
Been a while since you last cycled? Don't be afraid to give it a go...
1. Ensure your bike is safe to ride by making the following checks:
- The M Check is a simple way to check your bike is safe to ride and is a good check to do on bikes that haven't been used in a while:
- The ABC Quick Bike Check should be done daily, or every time you use your bike. If everything is in working order, it only takes 30 seconds:
- Safety check your helmet to make sure you're wearing it correctly. When buying a new helmet, make sure it conforms to one of the recognised safety standards such as British Standard (BS) or Conformité Européenne (CE):
Alternatively, get your bike serviced at a local bike shop
2. Find out if your work operates a Cycle to Work Scheme . This is a more affordable way of buying a new bike and safety equipment.
Your work may already have pool bikes or e-bikes for you to use.
3. Get some cycle training to help you feel more confident, especially if you want to cycle on busy roads.
Cycling Scotland offers training to both adults and children.
4. Make cycling a habit. The easiest way to do this is to use your bike as a means of everyday transport such as cycling to work or school.
5. Cycle with others. Find a bike buddy and make the most of your commute or simply enjoy the fantastic routes around Dumfries and Galloway. Cycling with others will help you stay motivated to continue.
6. Want to go further?Find out what cycling events and clubs are going on near you at CyclingUK
7. Forbike hire, maintenance and eventsfor all ages and abilities, visit Biker Buddies' Bike Barn
"I challenge you to find your excuse, and experience first-hand the benefits of being active"- Anthony (D&G resident)
- Plan your route using Google Maps or find a route on the National Cycle Network
- Arrive refreshed. If your work doesn't have a shower, just make sure to take it easy when you're cycling in. Cycle gently and give yourself plenty of time.
We also recommend carrying waterproofs rolled up in your bag for when you need them.
- Keep your bike safe and invest at least £30 on a good solid D-lock, and think about how and where to lock your bike.
- Cycle safely and always follow The Highway Code
"Definitely enjoying going to meetings more now that we have the e- bikes... means I don't have to turn up in my cycling shoes to a meeting anymore!" - NHS D&G pool e-bike user
More useful information
Many organisations in Scotland promote cycling for health and travel, all offering lots of help, support and guidance;
- Sustrans Scotland is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle.
- Cycling Scotland is the nation's cycling organisation.
Local bike shops in Dumfries & Galloway
Church Gate, Moffat, DG10 9EG
Rik's Bike Shed
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, DG3 4AQ
12-14 Terregles Street, Dumfries, DG2 9AB
The Frothy Bike Co.
77 - 79 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RX
G&G Cycle Centre
10-12 Academy St, Dumfries, DG1 1BY
Mossville, Glasgow Rd, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, DG4 6BZ
13 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DJ
Ae Bike Shop
Ae Village, Dumfries, DG1 1QB
Millo Place, High St, Dalbeattie, DG5 4DP
30 St Andrew St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DE
Castle Douglas Cycle Centre
Church St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1EA
Palnure, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE
Victoria Lane, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DA
Local mobility scooter and powered wheelchair shops in Dumfries & Galloway
The Care Shop
26 Great King St, Dumfries, DG1 1BD
Dumfries town centre mobility scooter hire
1 Midsteeple, Dumfries, DG1 2BH