AUGUST 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - AUGUST 2015

1. UPDATE - future funding of Bikeability
2. UPDATE - making Bikeability famous!
3. UPDATE - best-practice guidance, further training workshops
4. NEWS - STARS School Travel Awards open for LA nominations
5. NEWS - Chris Boardman stars in driver awareness video

UPDATE - future funding of Bikeability
Following the announcement a few weeks ago of potential cuts between 25-40% across government departments during this Parliament, TABS met with several DfT officials in July to get a better understanding of what this might mean for Bikeability funding, especially given the forthcoming Spending Review announcement in the Autumn. The discussions indicated that we should be reasonably confident that Bikeability funding is safe, at the very least, for the next year. This is, of course, good news however it remains important for TABS to continue to raise the profile of Bikeability as widely as possible (see Making Bikeability Famous! below).
UPDATE - Making Bikeability famous!
Since the national conference in May TABS has been focused on 2 main areas - Advocacy (see below) and Training (see Update - Training/guidance across).

New set of promotional materials: 
A first step was to overhaul TABS website with updated information, a restructured drop-down menu system with new pages, a twitter feed box (on all pages bar home page), partner logos and more content. 
Any comments or suggestions very welcome -
TABS has updated an infograph with general facts and figures about Bikeability - there are new facts, references and updated graphics.
Following feedback from members on the first draft of a leaflet TABS has now designed 2 separate leaflets:
a. for general purpose at conferences, events, meetings to promote TABS and our relationship with Bikeability - download a copy here., or via the website.  If you would like any hard copies contact
b. for TABS members use - this contains mainly messages about Bikeability and has a blank box for member details. This is available as a print ready, downloadable pdf via the website.

Getting the messages out:
TABS is preparing a pack of information as above, plus a cover letter from our Chair Phillip Darnton, to go to all new MPs in the relevant committees, plus the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) members for when they are back from summer recess. This will highlight the importance of Bikeability and offer free Bikeability training and/or viewing a session on-the-ground. For a list of the recently appointed new committee members click here.  Later this month, TABS will share this pack with all members and invite you to contact your local MP (especially if new this Parliament) with similar information/offer of free training. TABS will also be meeting with the APPCG in September.

TABS held an advocacy 'brainstorming' session earlier this month with a small group of advisors to explore how best to meet our aims of raising the profile of BIkeability, and what partners/resources we need to enlist. We felt there were 3 main audiences to influence - schools, politicians and the DfT. We are now working up a document with key messages / evidence aimed at each group, for consultation with members. Once these messages and evidence have been finalised we will decide how best to publicise them - eg. either through an event, campaign or other.


Chris Boardman OBE with Exeter Wheelers, Carlton Reid  & Devon County Council

Chris Boardman has been working with Blaine Walsh (, Exeter Wheelers, Devon County Council and Carlton Reid to produce a video aimed at drivers showing how to overtake cyclists safely (Highway Code Rule 163 in action)!
News - cont.
There are 2 new Bikeability websites - the main, public site for Bikeability remains at The professionals site is at

The application process for the National STARS School Travel Awards has now opened and local authorities have until 31st August to nominate their schools. Regional STARS School Travel Awards events will take place in October. @ModeshiftSTARS and  #NationalSTARSAwards
2015 Bikeability School survey - UPDATE
The survey collection for English schools has now been completed. This information is currently being collated/analysed - further details to be provided in next newsletter.

UPDATE - Training / guidance
a. Best-practice guidance / case studies
There is a new webpage dedicated to 'resources' - we will continue to add to this content, including an updated version of the IQA guidance notes which will soon be available. If you have suggestions for further briefing notes, contact:

b. Further regional training workshops
Many thanks to those members that provided feedback on what further training they would like this year.  Click here for the original survey. TABS will keep you updated on taking these suggestions forward. The results are summarised below:
1. November, January or February were the most popular times for further workshops
2. Workshop topics selected included: Achieving Consistency, Maximising Delivery Efficiency, Teaching Level 3, Special Needs Training, Training/Developing Instructors.
3. Venues that were offered by members included: Liverpool, London, Eastbourne, Gloucester
4. Some other points raised included getting Bikeability onto the PE department curriculum, providing joint CPD days for instructors with members sharing costs eg. for child protection refreshers or first aid.

Background reading
- Some facts and figures re. cycling and health -
- Introducing Bikeability at the nursery level - A case study from Lanarkshire, Scotland
- An evaluation of cycle training in the UK by Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria (2013)
West Sussex County Council deliver training in Slinford

  • Sheffield 13th August 2015 9am – 5pm
  • Barnsley 27th September 9am – 5pm
  • Wakefield summer date to be confirmed
Contact: for more info and to book.
Details of other CPD training courses available here

Dates for your diary
8 Sept - Sustainable Transport: Beyond 2015, London  (free place for TABS members)
9 Sept - TfL pan-London conference (Phillip Darnton OBE talking about Bikeability & TABS)
9 Sept pm - TABS Board meeting, London
22 Sept - ITO meeting convened by TABS, Birmingham
24 Sept - Haringey Conference (workshops by David Shannon & Mark Tournier, TABS Board

Other national sustainable travel diary dates

Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and
Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the SEPTEMBER newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Tuesday 1st September 2015. 
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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