November 2014 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - November 2014

  • Driving Instructor video launched on U-tube
  • TABS welcomes 2 new members
  • 2 new 'Task and Finish' Groups 
  • November case study - Dorset County Council
  • New MA research into Bikeability
November case study: Level 3 training / 'Bikeability Star' scheme
Dorset County Council is now offering Level 3 training, after successful pilot schemes. They are also running a scheme to reward Bikeability pupils. Find out more here.
For further details:

Level 3 training at St. Oswalds School, Dorset
Best-practice guidance
The ITO working group, coordinated by TABS has set up 2 'Task and Finish' Groups to look at the issues of:
  • Instructors Professional Development (including specific module re. Driver Training)
  • Procurement Guidance
Discussion papers will be presented at the December meeting, and then circulated to TABS members for feedback, before being presented to the Bikeability Support Team as industry guidance.

TABS Forum
Share your views and news on TABS Forum. New thread: Procurement Procedures

Robert Goodwill's response to Guy Opperman MP re. inquiry re. Bikeability's future


MA research on Bikeability - Nicola Hamilton (University of Central Lancashire) is embarking on an MA - read her research proposal here.  This emerged from a journal article on a qualitative study of Bikeability. She is currently looking for funding, support, contacts and feedback:

Andrew Pendleton, MP for Pendle  taking some Bikeability training
Member News
TABS are delighted to welcome 2 new members: Wheelability - based in North East Derbyshire and Halfords - as a corporate member

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

Read Dan Carlin/Nick Truran's conference paper: Bikeability - cycling for the 21st Century in Britain, on 18/19th Nov, Gothenburg, Sweden

Cycling Weekly
- driver training video
British Cycling - Chris Boardman talking about how cycle training can help tackle kids obesity.
Birmingham Mail - Bikeability training rolled out
BBC Radio Lancashire did an interview with Go Velo & St. Michaels School, Pendle
Training / Advice

Take a look at the Driving Instructor video just launched, and going viral on U-tube. Over 13,000 views already.....

The Bikeability Support Team has 2,471 instructors so far on their new database. An email has just been issued reminding all instructors to register with the new database. Instructors should email: Please pass this message on to instructors as appropriate.

TABS has offered to advise on the government's Cycling Delivery Plan, which is open for informal consultation, ending on 13th November.

Details of training courses available here Email: if you want to add details courses to TABS website.

TABS met with the Bikeability Support Team on 5th November to discuss a range of operational issues, including Bikeability newsletter content, CPD courses, Post Course Assessment Forms, and training opportunities.

Cycling Scotland Conference 2014: 13-14th November TABS director, Michael Frearson will be speaking at this conference about his research.
National Road Safety Conference: 26-27th November
Road Safety Week: 17-23rd November
TABS Board & ITO meeting: 11th December, hosted by Cycle Training UK.
TABS / Bikeability Support Team meeting: 21st January – please send through any items you would like raised.

Cycling Scotland conference - speaking about Bikeability

Do use Twitter to share your thoughts: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the DECEMBER newsletter contact:  by Monday 8th December  2014.  
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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