February 2016 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter

1. UPDATE - TABS 2016 Conference 
2  REVIEW - 2016 Regional workshops
3. UPDATE - TABS membership 2016.17
4. UPDATE - TABS activities
5. NEWS - new Bikeability videos, Bristol
6. NEWS - Big Pedal 2016, Modeshare report, Bikeability+ pilots report published
7. NEWS - 2 new TABS members
8. ACTION - Sport England consultation

UPDATE -  2016 NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Friday 20th May
This week you will receive a separate e-newsletter, with further details of the national training conference and how to register. LOOK out for this!

TABS co-hosting Cycle City, Active City
UPDATE - TABS Board members
On 3rd February the new Board had their first meeting. These will take place on a quarterly basis - am for Board admin, and pm for 'task and finish' sessions on relevant topics. Next month we will be sharing our initial ideas with you, asking for your suggestions and inviting you to join the working groups if you have relevant skills/knowledge. More information here on each TABS Director's areas of responsibility / member representation.

NEWS - Modeshare report
The  National STARS School Travel Awards Year 1 Delivery Report is now published, showing some great results - 346 schools have achieved STARS accreditation, and have reduced  their car use by an average of 16% between 2013/14 and 2014/15. Average cycling levels for all STARS accredited schools increased from 3.7% to 5.1% between 2013/14 and 2014/15

UPDATE - 2016.17 Membership renewals
The membership rates for 2016.17 (April to April) will remain the same as last year. TABS will be sending all members a renewal invoice within the next week.

TABS delegates (Gloucester) touring Skills Zone area

UPDATE - TABS / members activities  TABS has sent a presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG), requesting a meeting. TABS sent information to Chris Green  MP  in advance of a debate re cycle funding on 3rd Feb, in response to information about cycle training. Details of this debate, including a transcript and summary highlights here. Robert Goodwill MP addressed the APPCG on 28th Jan - details here To note: Jo Somerset (BikeRight!) raised a question re Bikeability, and will be meeting separately with Ruth Cadbury MP to discuss further. TABS attended an Active Travel Seminar at the DfT in February exploring opportunities for better communication & collaboration amongst the sector. TABS Board members attended an SUD working group co-ordinated by TfL which has now produced national specifications for trainers.

Road Safety Trust grant programme - we'll be keeping an eye on any outcomes

BIkeability+ pilots report - great  to see this published now on Bikeability website - do read it - some very interesting, useful findings!

YST website now has information about, and links through to TABS

REVIEW - TABS regional workshops
Many thanks to all those who took part. There were 81 delegates in total. More information / copies of materials here. Summary of feedback here.
NEWS - Sustrans Big Pedal 2016 (18 - 29 April)
Get schools to Register for the Big Pedal More information here.

Training courses
NSI Course Sheffield 7 - 10 Mar 2016
NSI, NSIT, NSIP courses, London (March, April, May) - Advance Cycle Training
NSI training courses, North West & Wales - BikeRight!
NSI training courses, Reading, York, Oxford, Epping - CTC
Policy/Strategy & Consultation

DCMS Sports Strategy - Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation has recently been published, with aspirations for cycle training - More information. Sports England is now consulting on it's own strategy and issues that will need to be tackled, for the next 4 weeks - More information/link to consultation
New members
TABS is delighted that CyclingforKids and Pedibal have  recently joined - welcome!

NEW Bikeability videos - Bristol Council
Check out these great videos produced by TABS member - Bristol City Council as part of the Bikeability+ pilot. Bristol invite you to share and use these videos, as a resource to encourage parents and children to sign up for training.Further details here And for more info:

Bikeability training for children
Children's experience of Bikeability training

CTC is looking for Freelance Instructors to deliver Ride Leader courses across the UK.  Closing date: Sunday 14th February, 2016. More information here.

Bikeability Fix session, Greenwich, London
In Jan 2016 Highways England, a government-owned company, launched their cycling strategy including a useful Infographic that lists cycling’s many health, social, economic and congestion-busting benefits.
Cycling World ran an article about Bikeability (Feb 2016)
Bike Hub piece on drivers who cycle are more likely to support infrastructure
Bike Biz piece on infrastructure and training
Thought provoking piece from the USA on cycling promotion
Jonah, Bikeability & his Isla Bike

Some 2016 dates for your diary
11th Feb - ITO meeting, Bristol 
27th Feb - 1st Mar Velo City, Taiwan (BikeRight! will be presenting on child cycle training)
3rd March - YST Schools Conference, Coventry (TABS will be displaying materials on DfT stand)
18-29 April - Sustrans Big Pedal 2016
4 May - TABS Board meeting, Birmingham
19/20th May - TABS 2016 national training conference, as part of Cycle City 2016 - Leicester
5th April Promoting Roads Safety / Conditions for Cyclists conference, London
15/16 Nov - 2016 National Road Safety conference, Bristol
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 MARCH 2016 newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Wednesday 9th March 2016

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