JANUARY 2017 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - JANUARY 2017

1. UPDATE - 2017 Bikeability Conference
2. NEW - TABS guidance notes: Marketing series No. 1 (Twitter)
3. REGISTER NOW - February training seminars
4. NEWS  - Bikeability Plus Award materials available
5. NEWS - DfT innovation fund grants

TABS Training Workshops - February 2017: REMINDER TO SIGN UP 
Before Xmas TABS sent out an eshot with details of our regional workshops in February.  The York and London workshops are filling up fast (London only 2-3 places left) but there are still plenty of spaces for the Exeter session - we need more participants to be able to run this workshop.

This is a reminder to sign up soon for the sessions - deadline is: Friday 27th January . Please do feel free to forward this email to your colleagues/other contacts who you think may be interested. The workshops are great opportunities not only to share ideas and best-practice on key topics, but also to network with others in your region.

For further information / to book a place on one of the workshops click on the following link:

Sacred Heart Y6
TABS/TfL Training workshop - London
TABS is co-hosting a workshop with TfL on Thursday 2nd February. If you are a London-based borough or scheme and would like to attend please email TfL:  Download agenda
PR / Publicity
Children in Staffordshire get cycling!
Story of an NSI and her work
Camden video promotes adult urban cycle skills

Cycle training cuts nos of children injured on Darlington Roads
Bikeability in Cumbria

Downend School, South Gloucs.

DfT School resources TABS has been in touch with a contact at the DfT who is working on the production of school resources on road user education. We have shared the What Bikeabiilty can do for Schools leaflet, and offered advice/feedback on what is being produced. Further information to follow.

TABS has attended  a  round table discussion convened by The Motor Cycle Industries Association chair, Steve Kenward, but it was emphatically not specific to motor bikes, but about all road users. The theme was 'road user education', and was hosted by the RAC Foundation. Participants included: Road Safety GB ( Honor Byford); the Road Haulage Association; Public Health England; Highways England; DfT; Association of Ambulance Chief Executives; Office of the Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire; the Fire Service for Yorkshire. TABS presented ‘What Bikeability can do for your school’ which was well received.  A statement of intent/ next steps is in draft form, but it is really a long term educational objective. Their vision is:  To save lives and to reduce injuries on the roads, by making responsible, courteous and safe road use an essential and permanent part of education in all our schools.

TABS is developing a series of guidance notes on marketing for schemes, as per our Action Plan for 2016/17.  The first in the series is on Using Twitter to best effect. A link to the guidance note is here (also available on TABS website).  TABS hope this is useful, and welcome any feedback – how it has helped, if you have any suggestions for changes/additions. Email: We will circulate the next in the series shortly.
TABS wondered whether members would be interested in paying for a social media training workshop, run by a professional. If you are interested please email:


Bramhope Primary School Y6
2017 National Bikeability Conference - update
Registration for the conference will open in the next 1-2 weeks - keep a look out! Many thanks to those that submitted suggestions for workshop topics.
The new Bikeability Plus Award Materials are now available to order on the Bikeability website at: Award materials have been created for specific modules (certificates for Bikeability Balance, Bikeability Fix and Bikeability Learn to Ride, and stickers for Bikeability Balance). 

DfT has launched a new innovation challenge funding competition to support research projects cycling. The Innovation Challenge Fund is open to micro, small and medium-sized businesses, academia and other organisations. The DfT is keen to support creative and innovative research proposals which support their strategic aim to boost cycling in England. This competition will close on 13 February 2017. Full details and guidance can be found at: Webinars are being held in January – booking via link.

To note: In last month’s edition there was a link to “The National Standard guidance for ebike riding”. This document is just draft guidance and has not yet been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT). TABS is meeting with DfT on 17th Jan and will raise this with them.

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
Bikeright! NSI courses -  2017 course dates also now on their website here
Life Cycle UK – CPD training for NSIs in 2017:
Cycling Instructor - London training courses
Cycle Training UK - NSI courses in Feb / March & CPD/NSID courses in 2017
Devon County Council - NSI course in March

TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let know and we will add to listings.
2017 Diary Dates
17 January – TABS Bikeability presentation to APPCG
17 January - TABS / DfT catch up meeting

7 February – APPCG meeting with Andrew Jones MP (Minister for Cycling)
21 February  - TABS Regional Workshop - York 
22 February - TABS Regional Workshop - London
28 February - TABS Regional Workshop - Exeter
16 March -      Symposium (London) re boosting cycling activity & improving safety
9 & 10 May -  National Bikeability Conference, Hull

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 Monday 6th February.

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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