NOVEMBER  2016 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter

1. 2017 TABS Conference - Outline programme
2. UPDATE - Monitoring update
3. NEWS - Eastern Region ITO workshop
4. NEWS - DfT strategic plan progress
5. NEW - Parent's Guide - register your interest now!

2017 National Bikeability Conference: programme outline
Further, initial details about the conference on 10 May 2017 are available on TABS website including a summary of activities on the afternoon/evening before the conference, a link to a dedicated website with details of accommodation offers, and an opportunity to register your ideas for workshop topics/volunteer to assist. Schemes - to note: this year there will be a special rate for instuctors who will be able to attend independently - we are keen to get more representation at the conference - spread the word to the instructors who work for you!.  Conference fees and the booking service will be announced/open in the New Year.
Eastern Region ITO training workshop underway!

PR / Publicity
Cycle training for Weston-super-Mare
Level 3 Bikeability promoted in Thurrock
Sole Cycling encourages businesses to sponsor Bikeability in North Somerset
Cycle Training in Manchester
National Sustainable Travel Award 2016 winners announced

Coombeshead Academy training

UPDATE - Bikeability Strategic Plan
TABS met with the DfT and the Bikeability Support Team on 4th November to discuss their draft strategic plan and proposed actions in 2017. Peter Duggan (DfT) explained that they are working on a number of possible marketing initiatives. They are also keen to engage more organisations that work with young people in discussions about how they can promote/offer Bikeability, and work with the driving sector to encourage more collaboration around cycle training and awareness as part of driver training. TABS has a follow up meeting with the DfT on 14th December to review progress.

Messages for Schools
Youth Sports Trust has produced a short video to promote the benefits of activity for young people – is 3 minutes long and has some very powerful messaging for schools.  The video will be shown at Active School events with about 1,000 schools over the next few months. 

UPDATE - Monitoring and Evaluation contract

In September, the Department for Transport commissioned SQW economic development consultants to evaluate the impact of the Bikeability programme.  By November, almost 100 local authorities, SGO Host Schools and London Boroughs had confirmed their support for the evaluation.  Before Christmas, SQW will email primary schools in which Bikeability is delivered in these areas, inviting them to register their interest in providing data for the evaluation.  Should a sufficient number of school registrations be received, SQW will then guide the participating schools to administer and disseminate short e-surveys for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and parents in January and October 2017.  SQW will prepare a cross-sectional analysis of the January 2017 survey data by Easter, and a longitudinal analysis of the January and October 2017 survey data early in the new year 2018.


Parent's Handbook - Registering demand
A brand new Parent’s Handbook, the content of which TABS contributed to, has been developed to add to the current set of Level 1, 2 and 3 handbooks for trainees. It is designed especially for parents, guardians or carers of young cyclists who have just completed their Bikeability training to Level 2. Its aim is to provide advice on how to cycle as a family or group, according to the principles of Bikeability. The Bikeability Support Team need to know, ASAP, how many schemes are likely to want to purchase copies. Further details here

UPDATE Pilot workshop - Help beat the funding blues
This pilot workshop to explore available funding for Bikeability is now full. It will be held in Camden, London on 30th November from 11am - 3pm. We will be continuing the discussion and sharing insights on TABS forum, which we'll raise in the December newsletter. The workshop will be refined further for additional regional training sessions early in 2017 (further details of 2017 training in Dec newsletter).

SEMINAR - What Bikeability can do for your school - SIGN UP
The YST's new seminars ‘Maximising What Bikeability Can do for Your Schools’ in November are now full.  Depending on feedback there may be additional sessions next year. TABS is attending and will provide an update in the next newsletter.

Lazonby School, Cumbria
Eastern Region ITO Conference / CPD day, 28th October - This ran, for the 5th year, in Stevenage, with CPD sessions, networking and discussion groups, and provided a fantastic opportunity for organisations in the region to learn from each other, and share ideas. Among the topics covered were Level 3 theory, Level 1 Games, Risk Assessment,  learn to ride session, new infrastructure, how we use words to convey meaning.

Driverless cars, the future? - TABS has initiated a discussion among national cycling groups and motoring organisations, such as the Institute for Advanced Motoring, about where driverless cars are heading, in terms of technology and regulation. And what the potential implications are for cycle training. TABS will continue these discussions and welcomes any input from TABS members at this stage. Contact:

Training courses
British Cycling
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, Cumbria:  4 - 7 April 2017   Further details and booking
National Cycling Centre, Manchester:  30 - 31 March & 1 - 2 April 2017  Further details and Booking

Life Cycle UK – Level 2 Cycle mechanic course starts 12 Feb th Jan,ends 10th More info/to book here
Bikeright! NSI courses - Birmingham - Dec 6th – Dec 9th. 2017 course dates also now on their website here
Cycle Training East Instructor Training: 4 day course - 13th, 19th 20th, 27th Nov 2016 in Chelmsford, Essex.  
Enquiries:, / 01376 346848 / 0771 236 3942.

TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let know and we will add to listings.
2016 Diary Dates
16/18 Nov - 2016 National Road Safety conference, Bristol
21-27 Nov - 2016 Road Safety Week -
More information / free action pack here
30 Nov - TABS pilot funding workshop (London)
7 Dec - TABS Board meeting
14 Dec- TABS/DfT catch up meeting

2017 Diary Dates
10 May - 2017 Bikeability Conference, Hull
February 2017 (date tbc)  - TABS Regional Workshops

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 Friday 9th December 2016. 

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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