December 2014 - TABS newsletter
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Nick Truran & colleagues from Hertfordshire at the Houses of Parliament

TABS Newsletter - December 2014

1. Hertfordshire scoop international award for cycle training
2. 2014 Bikeability School Travel Survey report released
3. 2015 Regional Seminars - Exploring Internal Quality Assurance
4. Instructor Database - last call for instructors to re-register
5. Highway Code revisions - member consultation
December: Member's story
Last month TABS member, Nick Truran and 2 colleagues went to the Houses of Parliament to collect the prestigious, international ‘Green Apple award’ . Hertfordshire Council won it for their early years cycle training programme. For more information click here.

TO NOTE: The DfT are keen to receive examples of good practice to help boost the case for future funding for Bikeability Please contact  to discuss your ideas or submit information.
The government's £214million investment in cycling was presented at a short conference in Bristol on 27th November. The speakers included the Deputy Mayor of Bristol; the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP, the Transport Minister – Robert Goodwill MP & Chris Boardman OBE. There was an announcement about Bikeability Plus modules that will be piloted in the 8 Cycling City Ambition grant towns, which will receive a further another £114 million for the next 3 years in addition to the funds committed to the current 2 year programme.

The Guardian Bike Blog: Chris Boardman's speech - once in a lifetime opportunity

Sustrans response to gvt.announcement of £214million cycling investment
Oxford Mail: Oxford reaction to additional funding for Cycling Ambition Cities, including Bikeability
Additional funding for Bikeability - Halton
The Shadow Transport Secretary, Michael Dugher MP visited a school in Islington, London on 24th November to watch a Level 1 course. TABS Director, David Shannon met and briefed him on Bikeability including Level 2 and 3 training, and the important work that schemes do.
From left to right: Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council; Michael Dugher, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport; Claudia Webbe, Lead member for Environment, Islington

TABS is currently working with British Cycling's design team on a Bikeability infographic sheet. See proposed content details here. We will be sending this out mid-January to Ministers, senior MPs and their advisors with an accompanying letter, to ensure that they are fully aware of Bikeability, and to encourage them to include targets for cycle training and funding in their election manifestos.  We will also be contacting all TABS members, along with some guidance notes and asking you to contact your local MPs. If you've any comments at this stage please email:

Campaign for Safer Streets - Sustrans want to encourage MPs to back an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill. Further details here. Please take a look and either write to your MPs and ask them to support this amendment and/or tweet 'We want to give every child a safe route to school - help make our local streets safer'. #safetoschool

If anyone is involved in cycle training research and has information they would be willing to share with other TABS members please contact
Member News / Consultation

Research shows Bikeability linked to more children cycling to school - TABS has just released the 2014 Bikeability School Travel Survey report (England), which was a collaboration between Dr Michael Frearson, Director (TABS) and Dr Paul Hewson, Associate Professor in Statistics, University of Plymouth.  Further information and a link to the full report here.

Highway Code revisions: TABS and the Bikeability Support Team want to ensure that any review of the Highway Code appropriately reflects the National Standard by highlighting any potential inconsistencies. TABS has already provided feedback to TfL who tasked members of their Cycle Safety Working Group to submit suggestions. Click here to see suggestions to-dateIf you would like to add your comments please email: and we will ensure they are fed back through the review process.

TABS is in the process of compiling the 2014 Annual Report to go out in the New Year. If you would like to contribute stories, achievements, photos, stats please email: 

The Big Pedal, 2015 is back! The UK's largest inter-school cycling and scooting competition, The Big Pedal will take place from 2nd - 20th March 2015. It is open to nurseries, primary and secondary schools and challenges them to compete against one another by making the most journeys to school by bike and scooter over 15 days. Find out more here. Encourage schools to register at:

Last month British Cycling (Nick Chamberlin) was interviewed by BBC Breakfast TV (7 million daily AM viewers) and BBC News 24 talking about Bikeability generally and where to get free training (interviews after the pre-recorded VT)

Danes use drone for school road analysis
Brixton Buzz: Lambeth Council cycle planning session, including ideas for Bikeability
The Sheffield Star: Drivers should also sign up for Bikeability
Dorset for Dorset County Council outline their Bikeability programme
Pedal power in Fife
Training / Advice
Transfer of data in January 2015 to new instructor database: A new instructor database will be replacing the existing one in the New Year. A further reminder from the Bikeability Support Team for all schemes remind any instructors that haven’t yet registered to do so before 31st December. Please pass this message on to instructors as appropriate. Instructors should email:

TABS 2015 Regional Seminar Series - Exploring Internal Quality Assurance: TABS is currently organising a series of 3 day-long interactive seminars in February (dates tbc between 16-27th Feb). They are intended to explore issues around managing IQA for a scheme and sharing good practice, with a view to continually improving the experience of Bikeability trainees, their riding skills and their enjoyment of cycling.
Further details, and an application form will be sent out early in the New Year.

Details of CPD training courses available here

Meetings /Events 
- TABS / Bikeability Support Team meeting: 21st January, London 
- The Future of Road Safety conference 2014: 10th December, Manchester
- Child Safety Week 2015: 1-7th June

Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and
Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the JANUARY newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Friday 9th January 2015. 
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