Dec 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter

1. UPDATE - Spending Review outcomes
2. DATE - 2016 annual training conference
3. UPDATE - 2016 regional workshops
4. NEWS - New TABS Board
5. ACTION - Join the TABS forum
6. REVIEW - TfL/TABS workshop - 30th Nov

UPDATE - Spending Review outcomes
The announcement that Bikeability training will receive £50million over the next 4 years is welcome news, helping to give the industry confidence and some ability to forward plan. It means that Bikeability has received consistent funding for 15 years now giving it greater credibility.
The DfT is developing a strategic delivery plan for the next 4 years looking, inter alia, at how to raise the profile of Bikeability. It will be consulting with TABS on the content. The DfT is also exploring opportunities to provide ongoing funding for Bikeability+ - this would be in addition to core funding for Bikeability training.

UPDATE: 2016 regional workshops
There are still a few places left.
  • Wokingham (18th Jan) - up to10 places
  • Gloucester (20th Jan) - up to 8 places
  • London (26th Jan) - 1-2 places
  • Liverpool (27th Jan) - up to 4 places
If you / a colleague would like to attend please download the application form from TABS website, (background info there too) or email  to request a form.

The new TABS Board
Thank you to everyone who took part in the elections, either nominating, voting or standing for election. The new Board consists of, in no particular order: David Dansky (CTUK), Nick Truran (Hertfordshire County Council), Julie Fox (Cycle Experience), Nick Chamberlin (British Cycling), Liz Clarke (BikeRight!), David Shannon (London Borough of Islington), Greg Woodford (Avanti Cycling).
The new and old TABS Board met on 9th December for a briefing/handover. The new Board will be appointing a Chair, and special advisors in the New Year. The first new Board meeting (3rd February) will be discussing a strategic plan for 2016/17, which we will be consulting with members on in due course. 

Round-up - TfL / TABS workshop
On 30th November TfL and TABS co-hosted a training workshop for London boroughs and schemes. It was well attended and the feedback was very positive. Particularly popular was a discussion between David Dansky (CTUK/TABS) and Brian Deegan (TfL) about new cycling infrastructure design and how to relate to it when delivering cycle training.

A full set of the notes from the sessions, plus the agenda and copy of slides are available on TABS Training webpage (scroll down to below section on 2016 regional workshops).

Y6 Bolton St Catherines 1st BIkeability session underway...
HOLD THE DATE - 2016 Annual Bikeability Training Conference - FRIDAY 20th May
This year the national training conference will be held in Leicester. Bikeability will be a key theme on the Cycle City Active City 2016 conference agenda giving our industry a great opportunity to raise the profile of Bikeability nationally. TABS training workshops will run for a full day as per previous years, but delegates will also get a chance to attend Cycle City conference plenary sessions, exhibitions & events as well as getting discount entry to the Thursday 19th May activities. Further information will be made available in the New Year.

UPDATE - School survey results 2014.15
The survey analysis is underway with the University of Plymouth. So far the results are looking promising, showing skills gain after training. The full report will be circulated in the New Year.
TABS/TfL workshop underway in London - 30th Nov
New Members
We are delighted to welcome Thurstable Sports College to TABS!


Children learn cycle skills in Skegness
Bruntcliffe Academy, Leeds take to their bikes
Pupils at Christchurch Academy show off their cycling skills
North Somerset pupils trained

Cycle Colchester interviews Keeley Ritchie about why she cycles
Evans Cycles adds voice to #Choose Cycling network  - see film with references to Bikeability
Cycling Club member from Nottingham experiences Bikeability

Don't forget to make use of the TABS discussion forum - it is really easy to sign up and post questions, comment on threads etc. The more people who engage with the discussions, the more valuable it is for everyone. Go to:

Some 2016 dates for your diary
- 18-28 Jan - TABS 2016 regional training seminars
- 19 Jan - Vision Zero Road Safety Conference
- 3rd Feb - TABS 1st new Board meeting
- 3rd March - YST Schools Conference, Coventry - programme here
- 20th May - TABS 2016 national training conference, as part of Cycle City 2016 - Leicester
- 15/16 Nov - Annual Road Safety Conference, Nottingham

TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let know and we will add to listings.


Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and
Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the JANUARY 2016 newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Friday 8th January 2016

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