January 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - January 2015

1.TABS 2015 Seminar Series - Exploring Internal Quality Assurance -NOW BOOKING
2.Heads up - 2015 membership renewal/member survey
3. New member - Parkwood Leisure
4.Bikeability Stakeholder map
5.Poole and Southend - Bikeability stories

2015 REGIONAL SEMINAR SERIES - Exploring Internal Quality Assurance
TABS, with DfT support, is offering a series of day-long, interactive seminars intended to explore issues around managing IQA for a scheme and sharing good practice. The seminars are open to all staff involved in Internal Quality Assurance whether a manager, experienced senior instructor responsible for supporting the Internal Quality Assurer, or the Assurer themselves. The seminars will run from 11am to 5.00pm as follows:

1. National Cycling Centre, Manchester  - Monday 16th February
2. Chesterfield Football Club, Chesterfield – Wednesday 18th February
3. Steer Davies Gleeve, London - Friday 27th February
TABS members £20/person, non members £45/person. For further details and to download an application form click here.

January: Member's stories
Poole Council significantly increases training numbers
Poole Council is a very small scheme, but they have managed to increase the amount of level 1 & 2 training in Poole just 80 trainees 2012 /13, to 250 in 2013 /14 and 425 people  in 2014/15. Further details here.  For more information:

Cycling Safaris at Southend
Cycle Southend, in partnership with Sustrans is using Bikeability to help deliver a programme that embeds cycling in the curriculum. One element of the programme is ‘Bikeability Safaris’. A team of instructors and teachers lead whole classes to local parks, open spaces or historic sites. On arrival, they are met by local experts and ride around the area receiving lessons in the History and Natural History of their local community. Pupils receive both positive cycling experiences and opportunities to practice Bikeability skills.
Further details here. For more information:
Cycling Safaris in Southend

Driver Instructor Video - fantastic uptake!
This video, which TABS helped to produce has had over 19,000 views on YouTube since it was first aired in November 2014 This is in addition to the views on the pay-to-view Driver Instructor TV website of Blaine Walsh.
 Driving-instructor TV has 20,000 driving instructors and learners on its mailing list. Blaine said: "We have had the best response we have ever had to a video. We are asking instructor to share with pupils." Blaine says the advice and information on his site can influence up to 300,000 learner drivers. The video has also been shown at meetings of the London Association of Driving Instructors.
Member News / Consultation
New member
TABS is delighted to welcome Parkwood Leisure, as a new member.

Moving on.....

Dr. Michael Frearson, TABS Director and Dan Cook, CTC advisor to the Board are both moving on to new jobs.  TABS would like to say a huge thank you to them both for all their input to TABS, in particular for the fantastic work that Michael has done with the Driver Instructor video, Bikeability surveys and campaigning work.

A NEW diagram showing the relationship between key Bikeability Stakeholders is now available to view/download here.

TABS 2014 Annual Report will be available for download in the next couple of weeks.

2015 Member Survey - HEADS UP:
TABS is keen to receive feedback about our membership services. We would also like to collect information about the experience and skills of our members, for instance, in marketing, research, training etc., plus your interest in contributing to future TABS projects and working groups. All members will receive an email with link to this survey in the next fortnight. The names of all those who respond will be entered into a prize draw.

Membership renewal - HEADS UP:
TABS will be writing to members in February inviting you to renew your membership for 2015/16. The membership rates will stay the same this year and will also include a free conference space. TABS will be asking existing members to act as Ambassadors, and to recruit at least one other scheme/local authority for 2015/16. If every member did this it would be a huge boost to our numbers, and would enable TABS to provide more services for everyone!

Before Xmas TABS wrote to AXA expressing our concerns regarding the local road safety index - see letter. Since then we have also been liaising with Road Safety GB on the issue. TABS has received a positive acknowledgement from AXA but await a fuller response.

In December TABS launched the 2014 School Cycle Travel report (England). Some coverage included an article in Bike Biz .
Plymouth School Sports Partnership work in Plymstock
Bikeability in Fife helps tackle traffic congestion around school
Cornish School children complete Bikeability course
Torbay Council deliver more Bikeability training

Meetings /Events 
1. TABS / Bikeability Support Team meeting: 21st January, London 
2. TABS Regional Seminars: February in Manchester, Chesterfield and London
3.  ITO meeting: Tuesday 3rd March, Telford
4. TABS Board meeting: Monday 10th March, London
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 FEBRUARY newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Monday 9th February 2015. 
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