Shift FAQs

You can find out further information regarding Shift from our Frequently Asked Questions section below

What is Shift aiming to achieve?

Shift will unleash the potential of cycling in communities by providing a range of support to organisations to achieve the following:

  • increase the number of short everyday journeys undertaken by bike (e.g. commuting to work, shopping, going to the library, visiting friends and family, school run, going to appointments)
  • encourage people to start or return to cycling
  • teach them the skills to cycle confidently; or
  • trial cycles as a transformational resource in the delivery of their business services

Who can apply for a Shift grant?

Any organisation (regardless of other funding they receive) that is currently delivering or intends to deliver activities which will support the aims of the programme can apply for a Shift grant.

What can a Shift grant be used for?

A Shift grant can be used to fund the following activities/costs:

  • Basic bike maintenance sessions
  • Cycle demo/try out sessions
  • Dr Bike / "M" check sessions
  • Essential cycling skills sessions
  • Hire/Loan of cycles
  • Knowledge sessions e.g. maps & route planning, riding in adverse conditions
  • Purchase accessories for your organisation e.g. helmets, locks, panniers, lights, maps
  • Security bike marking session
  • Training staff/volunteers to be cycle ride leaders
  • Training (other) for staff/volunteers
  • 1:1/small group confidence or route orientation sessions

There is also an option to provide an activity not specified provided you can explain how it will contribute to the outcomes of Shift.

Can children participate in Shift activities?

Shift is aimed at adults (age 17 years plus). Children can participate in Shift activities if they are accompanying an adult.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for a grant between £400-£800 in value.

How do we identify a training provider?

Local Authority Development Officer
Aberdeen Emma Roberts
Aberdeenshire Emma Roberts
Angus Emma Roberts
Argyll and Bute Aisa Nebreda
Clackmannanshire Ralph Jessop
Dumfries and Galloway Jeff Frew
Dundee Ralph Jessop
East Ayrshire Jeff Frew
East Dunbartonshire Tamzin Dewar
East Lothian Gordon Webber
East Renfrewshire Tamzin Dewar
Edinburgh Gordon Webber
Falkirk Gordon Webber
Fife Ralph Jessop
Glasgow Tamzin Dewar
Highland George Ewing
Inverclyde Tamzin Dewar
Midlothian Gordon Webber
Moray Louise Haggarty
Na h-Eileanan Siar Daryll Brown
North Ayrshire Jeff Frew
North Lanarkshire Jeff Frew
Orkney Paul Porter
Perth and Kinross Ralph Jessop
Renfrewshire Tamzin Dewar
Scottish Borders Emily Farquhar
Shetland Anna Gudaniec
South Ayrshire Jeff Frew
South Lanarkshire Jeff Frew
Stirling Ralph Jessop
West Dunbartonshire Tamzin Dewar
West Lothian Gordon Webber

What information do I need to provide when I apply?

Please read our application guidance

Do I need insurance to deliver Shift activities?

Yes, organisations who are providing activities on a regular basis, as their main business or for their primary income, must have appropriate public liability insurance in place. Cycling UK cannot be held liable for, including but not limited to, incidents, accidents, harm, damages, additional costs or any consequences, whether direct or indirect, that have come about through participating as a partner to deliver the programme.

If an organisation does not have appropriate public liability insurance in place then they can include the cost of this within their Shift grant application.

When will I hear if my application is successful?

We will let you know the outcome of your application within 3 weeks.

When do all the activities need to be completed by?

All activities need to be delivered by 31 March 2022.

What information do I need to record and share with Cycling UK?

The Grant Recipient will need to complete the following 2-point process.

For each activity, the Grant Recipient (or persons responsible for data collection) must enter the following details on the online Participant & Activity Record Form.

Participant Records:

  • Date of attendance
  • Type of activity e.g. Dr Bike, led ride
  • Participant postcode (full 6- or 7-digit postcode wherever possible)
  • Participant email address if they are happy to share it.

Activity Records:

  • Date of activity
  • Type of activity
  • Number of participants

We ask for participant email addresses so that we can send evaluation surveys. These help us to understand and demonstrate the impact of our funding and continue to support activities. We will never share your participants’ details with other organisations or send commercial information without their permission. For more details, please see our privacy policy.

What questions will participants be asked in the evaluation survey?

The survey will cover the following topics: how frequently did they cycle before and after participating in Shift activities, whether cycling makes them happier, what types of cycling they do and general demographics questions.

What support will Cycling UK provide to grant recipients?

Organisations will be supported by our team of development officers to help them design their programme of activities and guide them through the delivery. They will provide toolkits and signpost organisations to training.

How much does it cost to affiliate to Cycling UK and what are the benefits?

It costs £82 to affiliate your group to Cycling UK.  Further details and the benefits of affiliating can be found here.

What are the terms and conditions of Shift?

Here are our Terms and Conditions

Who can I speak to for further information?

Local Authority Development Officer
Aberdeen Emma Roberts
Aberdeenshire Emma Roberts
Angus Emma Roberts
Argyll and Bute Aisa Nebreda
Clackmannanshire Ralph Jessop
Dumfries and Galloway Jeff Frew
Dundee Ralph Jessop
East Ayrshire Jeff Frew
East Dunbartonshire Tamzin Dewar
East Lothian Gordon Webber
East Renfrewshire Tamzin Dewar
Edinburgh Gordon Webber
Falkirk Gordon Webber
Fife Ralph Jessop
Glasgow Tamzin Dewar
Highland George Ewing
Inverclyde Tamzin Dewar
Midlothian Gordon Webber
Moray Louise Haggarty
Na h-Eileanan Siar Daryll Brown
North Ayrshire Jeff Frew
North Lanarkshire Jeff Frew
Orkney Paul Porter
Perth and Kinross Ralph Jessop
Renfrewshire Tamzin Dewar
Scottish Borders Emily Farquhar
Shetland Anna Gudaniec
South Ayrshire Jeff Frew
South Lanarkshire Jeff Frew
Stirling Ralph Jessop
West Dunbartonshire Tamzin Dewar
West Lothian Gordon Webber
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