Free bicycles to children pilot scheme: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

"Please provide the number of free bikes which have been provided by the Scottish Government to children.

Please provide details of which local authorities are involved in the pilot and the breakdown of bikes distributed in each.

Please provide details of when there will be a Scotland-wide rollout of the policy.

Please provide details of the costs spent to date."


The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. As of the date of your request, 988 bikes had been provided to children through the pilot schemes.

2. The breakdown of bikes distributed in each local authority has been attached for ease. Some local authorities fall under pilots which are not issuing individual bikes but are providing bike fleets to local schools for training opportunities, and are operating bike libraries for children to borrow or loan a bike.

3. The commitment to provide free bikes to school age children who cannot afford them was a 2021 SNP manifesto commitment and to be rolled out before the end of the parliamentary term in 2026. The current pilots will end in August 2022 and a National Rollout will be developed from the output of these pilots.

4. As of the date of your request, a total of £935,797.56 had been spent on the pilots.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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