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Changing Gears: young people's views on bikeability, road safety, health and the environment


Children in Scotland was funded by Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland to engage with children and young people about its Bikeability programme and more widely to share their opinions and experiences on road safety and health and wellbeing.

National Co-Design Group

We initially worked with a national co-design group of children and young people from across Scotland in summer 2020. Building on existing findings from previous engagement work with children and young people, we explored their priorities relating to cycling, safety and health and wellbeing. They helped us identify the key topics to explore with other children and young people and develop engaging activities.

School Engagement

In October 2020 6 primary schools from Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Moray took part in activities on these topics. Children in Scotland analysed the data from the children and have summarised the findings the children shared under key themes and Children in Scotland made recommendations for next steps for Cycling Scotland and Transport under the following themes:

  • Exercise and Health And Wellbeing
  • Place
  • Safety
  • Fun And Enjoyment
  • Relationships
  • Equipment
  • Nature
  • Education And Learning
  • Participation
  • Future Engagement

The final report and a summary report for children and young people are published below:

For more information contact Chris Ross:

Changing Gears Final Report

Hearing from 300 children and young people’s on cycling and road safety.

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Transport Scotland

The national transport agency for Scotland, delivering the Scottish Government's vision for transport.

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Cycling Scotland

Scotland’s national cycling organisation and our partner in this project

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Information sheet

Find out everything you need to know about the project here

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Health Inequalities

Exploring how community and place impact on the health of young people

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Changing Gears recruitment film

We've produced a short film telling you all about the project

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