APRIL 2017 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - APRIL 2017
1. Bikeability Conference workshops now published
2. Bicycle Association manifesto launched
3. Road Safety Trust offers grants
4. Evidence for England's cycling potential
5. Call for schemes to complete Bikeability Survey

National Bikeability Conference, Hull – 9th and 10th May 2017: UPDATE
Don’t leave it too late to register for the National Bikeability Conference in Hull in May. There are 149 people registered to date. TABS is taking bookings till the end of April, however the workshop slots willl fill up fast, and there are limited places on the guided bike ride. 

For more information and to register click here

Draft agenda click here
Details of workshops click here

Selecting workshops, ride and reception options:
All those who have already registered should have received a link to a survey to complete their workshop choices, book on the ride and evening reception - PLEASE complete this ASAP - you can use the link below! You will need to refer to the agenda and workshop choices - links above.


TABS is very grateful some fantastic prizes that have been donated  including a Balance bike, a progression bike and associated kit (TTC Group), a ‘bundle’ of cycling books (BikeRight!) and 2 night mini cruise for 2 foot passengers with standard berth and 2 day ashore with coach transfers to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Bruges, courtesy of P&O Ferries. And hopefully more to follow....!

Promote your own Bikeability stories at the 2017 conference
TABS is hoping to have a 'gallery' at the conference with displays of Bikeability activity. If you have a particular project, case study, example of best-practice that you would like to share all you need to do is send the details (preferably with 1-2 photos) and TABS will do the rest for you in terms of making up a poster display. At the conference you have the choice of whether you want to stand by the display and discuss with other delegates or just let the words/pictures speak for themselves.  Please email All content will need to be received by: Friday 21 April. Also happy to talk through your ideas in advance.
Some examples of posters at previous conferences:
Cycling Development - Amber Valley 2015
Cambridgeshire - expanding the offer in primary schools 2015

Why not take advantage of the fact that Hull is the CIty of Culture this year and combine your trip to Hull with some cultural activities? More details on Hull City of Culture 2017 activities here.

TO NOTE: The May newsletter will be issued the week after the Bikeability Conference.
Eatock Primary School lined up and ready to go
The Kids' Bike Camp is looking for any NSIs who might like to teach at their Summer Camps, based in Surrey during the Summer holidays.  Potential applicants contact for more information.

REMINDER - TABS Membership renewals 2017.18
TABS has now sent out membership renewal invoices to all current members. If you've not yet renewed can we urge you to do so! If you want to discuss your renewal: / 07952786621.

NEWS – Sign up schools to Big Pedal 2017

The Big Pedal 2017 is now live – it launched in March.  There are already 2,000 schools (over 500,000 children registered). Do get the schools that you work with signed up and take advantage of the event to encourage more Bikeability training!

UPDATE: Take part in the 2017 Bikeability survey
The BIkeability Support Team at SDG is keen to get feedback on all aspects of Bikeability, and this survey represents one of the best ways in which they can engage with all schemes on a range of important topics.

Follow this link to take part in the Bikeability Scheme Survey 2017.

Any scheme who completes this year's survey can enter themselves into a prize draw to win an exciting prize for them and their Bikeability team.

NEWS - Hackney Council trials road closures outside schools
Hackney Council are proposing to make the street in front of schools a pedestrian and cycle-only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon. Times will vary depending on the school and the location. The two pilot schools have been selected due to long standing issues with drivers/other road users. The editor of the local paper has expressed their support - article here. More information about the project here.
Springfield Primary training grounds! 

NEWS – Bicycle Association of Great Britain manifesto pushes Bikeability
The Bicycle Association of Great Britain launched its new manifesto ‘ Start Cycling’ on 24th March, showing the scale of cycling’s contribution to the UK economy. It has also identified worrying trends which the industry must work to influence including a decline in the number of children with access to a bicycle. It wants to adopt a three-pronged approach: advocacy, outreach, and promotion. Advocacy - to shape the policies and regulations that affect cycling. Outreach projects to bring new people to cycling; and Promotion to sell cycling to non-cyclists. The good news is that advocating Bikeability for all children is now top billing for the industry. The Bicycle Association is calling for:
  • Bikeability cycle training for ALL children;
  • Measures to halt the decline in children’s access to bicycles
  • Funding projects which provide children with access to new cycling opportunities
  • Co-ordinating with other cycling programmes for young people for maximum impact
  • Promotion: of family cycling as the best way for children to keep cycling
TABS has offered to work with the Bicycle Association to help it meet its manifesto targets.

NEWS: Funding via Road Safety Trust
The Road Safety Trust has opened its latest grant programme. Applications are welcome for the development of practical measures to enhance road safety through education, training or enforcement or for research. Innovative projects with the potential to develop new approaches are particularly sought as are projects with a strong focus on evaluation. The closing date for applications is 26 May 2017 – see their website for more info/application forms  

RESEARCH - Evidence for England’s Cycling Potential
Data produced for a DfT funded tool shows how much more cycling people in England could do, given the right policies and investments. New analysis for the Propensity to Cycle Tool – shows that if people in England were as likely as the Dutch to cycle trips of similar length and hilliness, nearly one in five of us would cycle to work. This Evidence Brief from CEDAR discusses cycling potential across English local authorities, including urban and rural examples. It also examines benefits of increasing cycling to health and to the environment.  See the full brief here.

YST workshop in March -  Bikeability and Schools post-it session
Bikeright! NSI courses -  2017 course dates also now on their website here
Life Cycle UK – CPD training for NSIs in 2017: Life Cycle UK training
Cycling Instructor - London training courses
Cycle Training UKCPD/NSID courses in 2017
Outspoken Training -  upcoming NSI courses 
Wiltshire Council ITO NS courses:

4 Day NSIP Course - September Tues 5th/Weds 6th and Tues 12th/Weds 13th
NSCPD Open Refresher Training Day – September Wednesday 20th
NSCPD Level 1 and Level 2 – November Tuesday 14th
NSCPD Level 3 – November Wednesday 15th
Contact Tina GIles for more details: 
Cycle Experience part of the TTC Group-  4 day National Instructor Training Course Course dates: Tue 30th May – Fri 2nd June Venue: Cycle Experience Cycle Centre, 384 Sykes Road, Slough, Bucks SL1 4SP For further info: Benjamin Smith
TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let know and we will add to listings.
2017 Diary Dates
18 April - TABS Board meeting
3 May Cycling infrastructure course, Bristol explores different methods of providing for safe and convenient cycling in the urban environment
9 & 10 May -  National Bikeability Conference, Hull
15 May - DfT / TABS catch up meeting
10-18 June - National Bike Week
22 Sept
- World Car Free Day
9 & 10 Nov - Modeshift 2017 Convention
If there are other key dates that should be in this list please let us know.

Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the next newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support / DfT meeting contact:  by Tuesday 16th May.

If you would like to suggest other contacts to receive the newsletter tell:  And, of course, any comments or queries please do get in touch.  Thank you. 
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