Oct 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter

1. INFO - NEW TABS procurement guide 2015
2. ACTION - 2015 Bikeability Survey live
3. NEWS - Public Health Briefing paper out
4. NEWS - TABS elections update
5. NEWS - Millennium Cohort research
6. NEWS - TABS member I Cycle West Oxon

INFORMATION: NEW - TABS Procurement Guide 2015
Please take a look at/download a guidance note produced by TABS for local authority officers aimed at providing relevant background information to help compile tender documents to commission Bikeability training. The DfT has said they will be informing local authority officers /SGOHs that receive grants to deliver cycle training in 2016/17 about this guidance. If you have any comments & suggestions please contribute to the ongoing discussion on TABS forum 

ACTION: Calling all registered Bikeability scheme organisers!
The 2015 Bikeability scheme survey is now live.  This is an opportunity for scheme organisers of Bikeability registered schemes in England to highlight ways in which Bikeability works well, or could be made better. This year the chosen focus is increasing participation in Bikeability.  Please do participate by Friday 6th November – all scheme organisers who complete the survey can enter themselves into a prize draw to win an exciting prize for them and their Bikeability delivery team.  Scheme organisers have already been sent a link to the survey - if you are a scheme organiser and have not received a link, then please get in touch with the Bikeability Support Team at

Public Health England briefing launched
On 19th October Public Health England (PHE) launched a briefing about what works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity. It has been endorsed by the DfT, showing some cross-departmental collaboration. One of the 8 key principles for practice includes encouraging active travel. Download here: the Executive Summary and Full document TABS will be following up with PHE about how the report will be used.

TABS inputs to TfL strategy documents
This month TABS has provided feedback on TfL's Road Danger Reduction Plan and has been supporting the production of an online cycle offender programme.

UPDATE:  TABS Elections 2015
The call for nominations closes on Monday 2nd November. The Electoral Reform Society will be in touch shortly about voting for candidates - this will start on 9th November for 3 weeks. The close of voting will be 30th November with results announced around 3rd December. The first Board 'handover' meeting for new/old directors is now Weds 9th December.

 A Balanceability session underway! 

2016 Regional Workshops - UPDATE
As mentioned in the Sept/Oct interim newsletter there will be a series of training workshops in January. Thank you to those who have emailed so far expressing an interest, in principle, in attending. A specific mailing about the workshops will be issued shortly.

NEWS: Isla Bikes riding to school guide
TABS has received a positive response from Isla Bikes offering help getting information about Bikeability included on their Riding to School page.

NEWS: TABS Meetings
On 22nd October TABS attended an All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) meeting to discuss cycling priorities. The issue of funding and long-term security for Bikeability & Bikeabiilty+ was raised. TABS has requested a follow-up meeting to discuss Bikeability in more detail, and offered to run a practical session.
TABS will be attending Modeshift's national conference on 5th November (courtesy of a free place from British Cycling - thanks!).

Recent research - Millennium Cohort Study (July 2015)
This study looked at what schools offer Bikeability, what types of children participated and evaluated what the impacts were - link here to the full report. To note, of interest:
The Bikeability programme has increased participation and reduced inequality of access to cycle training and thus strengthens the argument for a centrally-funded and co-ordinated scheme. This potentially strengthens the case for Bikeability Plus and targeting younger children as well – the researchers suggest helping children to acquire the prerequisite motor skills at an early age would help less-sporty children to participate.

Eastern Region ITO training session - Paul Robison/Greg Woodford are guest speakers

Background reading / viewing
Bike Life survey into attitudes to cycling in the UK: Take a look at the results from Sustrans collaboration with 7 cities in the UK
STARS National Awards - six finalists announced for national award in March 2016
Sustrans launches a pilot award scheme for secondary schools 
Lord Adonis to chair national infrastructure commission
Local students scoop vouchers in Weymouth

New Members
TABS are delighted to welcome I Cycle West Oxon to TABS as a new member.

Training / Advice
SAVE THE DATE: London Workshop 30th November 2015 (9am - 2pm approx) This will be hosted by TABS / TfL at 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD for London boroughs and schemes. An agenda and invite will be issued by TfL shortly.

Information about forthcoming instructor training courses is available here.

Devon's next National Standard (Bikeability) Cycle Instructor Course runs from 23-26 November in Exeter. It covers all aspects of cycle training, especially how to deliver all three levels of National Standard (Bikeability) Cycle Training. Included in the cost of the course is one free Post Course Assessment in Devon, when undertaken within six months of the four day course.Book your place now!

Dates for your diary
5/6 Nov - Modeshift national conference, Birmingham
11 Nov - ITO meeting, Birmingham, co-ordinated by TABS 
11/12 Nov - Cycling Scotland Conference 2015
23 - 29 Nov- Road Safety Week, Brake
30th Nov - TfL/TABS London workshop
9th Dec - TABS Board meeting ('handover' from old to new board)
18-28 Jan - TABS 2016 regional training seminars

Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and
Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the NOVEMBER newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Friday 20th November 2015.

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