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JULY  2016 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter
July 2016


HIGHLIGHTS
1. New campaign - Public Health England (PHE)
2. Briefing notes - PHE, UK Faculty for Public Health
3. DfT funding sources
4. Bike Week Bikeability display for MPs
5. Call for School Travel Award nominations

Bikeability display for Bike Week’s Parliamentary Bike Ride
Cycle Confident presented a display of Bikeability Level 1 skills with a group of children from The St Marylebone CE Bridge School. The Bridge is a school for students with statements or EHC plans for Speech, Language and Communication.  This was held by the Albert Memorial, Hyde Park, London, as MPs and cycling organisations gathered for their annual photo there. Another great opportunity to showcase Bikeability!  
 
10 Minute Shake Up campaign
Public Health England
has launched a new campaign to encourage kids to get active over the school holiday. There is an overview, series of teaching resources and background PR/social media info to be downloaded (see images below) via their School Zone site, if you want to encourage your schools to use this to promote cycling.


10 Minute Shake Up resource images 
 
School Travel Awards 2016 - nomination process launched
Local authorities have until Friday 12th August 2016 to complete nominations. There are 7 categories including: Promoting Cycling, Promoting Public Transport, Pupil Led Initiative, Effective Partnerships, Reducing Car Use, Promoting Road Safety, Promoting Walking. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Bikeability and what it can achieve. More information & link to nomination form here.

Jobs
Cycling Scotland is looking for a Bikeability Officer. Closing date: 17th July. More information here.

PR / Publicity
Summer holiday Bikeability courses in Malvern
Bikeability training in Leamington
Cycle training extended in South Gloucestershire
 
Member news
Bikeability Fix success in Co.Durham – the sessions was fantastic and the children were fully engaged for the whole 2 hour session. The children also rushed up to me to show me their 'goodies' of spanners and puncture repair kits! We have one child in Year 5 who, for the last two years, has refused to learn to ride a bike, but after your session he said he was going straight home to learn to ride it!! Amazing!! I think the fact that you engaged him in the maintenance of the bike, rather than focussing on the skill of riding, took all the fear away from him.’
Training at Royal Kent School, Oxshott, Surrey
 
Holiday Bikeability
A quick search showed loads of summer holiday Bikeability courses on offer such as:
Devon courses
Plymouth courses

If you want to share details about holiday courses you are running do send us details.
 
 
Working together to promote active travel
Public Health England has produced a briefing note for local authorities about the importance of cycling (and walking). It has been written for transport planners, public health practitioners and those involved with the built environment and contains some useful evidence that might help build a case for Bikeability delivery.
 
The UK Faculty for Public Health has produced a briefing document on how to mitigate the health impact of cars by taking local action. It offers a range of evidence led practical advice, aimed at local authorities and on Page 5 under the Heading Promoting Active Travel there are a range of recommendations, including providing cycle training in schools. Again, there might be some useful information in here for you to use to promote Bikeability.

Cycle Confident lined up at the MP's Bike Ride

DfT funding source: Access Fund (£60m from 17/18 to 19/20)
The DfT has written to all local authorities informing them of the next opportunity to bid to the Access Fund, which covers the period to end March 2020. This information is on the LEP Network website https://www.lepnetwork.net/news/2016/dft-access-fund-60m-competition/
 
One of the two objectives of the fund are to “actively promote increased levels of physical activity through walking and cycling”, so again it will be eligible for local authority promoters to bids for funding for cycle training, whether it be for adults, families or children.

APPCG activity
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) has published a report into the DfT’s draft ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’. Press release here. To note – on final page there is a ‘Green’ rating to provide cycle training at all primary and secondary schools. TABS will be following up with the APPCG to understand the implications of this.
 
Highway Code for Cyclists
Last month the Automobile Association (AA) published A Highway Code for Cyclists. It contains the cycling-specific information from the standard Highway Code as well as cycle maintenance tips and guidance for new cyclists based on Bikeability training (and mentions TABS). Some further opinions/background re. the publication:
 
Why did the AA publish the Cyclists Highway Code?
The Guardian’s opinion on the publication
Bike Biz views on the publication  
 
Recent publication by AA
 
2016 Diary Dates

11 Oct - ITO meeting, Manchester
3/4 Nov - Modeshift Convention, Sheffield
16/18 Nov 2016 National Road Safety conference, Bristol
21-27 Nov 2016 Road Safety Week

TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let isobel@tabs-uk.org.uk know and we will add to listings.

FEEDBACK
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: Isobel@tabs-uk.org.uk  by Friday 5th August 2016. 

If you would like to suggest other contacts to receive the newsletter tell: isobel@tabs-uk.org.uk  And, of course, any comments or queries please do get in touch.  Thank you. 
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