OCTOBER  2016 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter

1. 2017 TABS Conference - New video
2. Welcome to Peter Duggan, DfT
3. Training opportunities - funding pilot & YST seminars
4. NEW - Bikeability Plus Delivery Guide
5. APPCG's fact finding visit, inc. Bikeability

NEW - TABS video: Training Conference 2016
TABS, in partnership with British Cycling, has recently produced  a video showcasing our annual training conference which, in 2016, took place in Leicester.

The video uses footage from this conference to illustrate the value that TABS places on quality training and networking for the Bikeability industry, from individual instructors through to scheme managers.

And the interviews with delegates demonstrates the value they get from attending the conference, as TABS members. To view the video click here.

New Bikeability staff at DfT - Peter Duggan
TABS is delighted to welcome Peter Duggan to his new post in the DfT's Bikeability team and we look forward to working with him. Peter has recently been doing his Bikeability training, and has written a few paragraphs to introduce himself, outlining his thoughts about both Bikeabiity training, and his ambitions for the new role. This introduction can be read in full here.
Peter Duggan doing Level 2 Training, London
PR / Publicity
Funding boost for Bikeability in Birmingham
Schools in Slough benefit from Bikeability funding
Reading school kids given bikes to combat lateness

Bikeability training underway in Leicester

NEW - Bikeability Plus Delivery Guide
TABS are pleased to see that the new Bikeability Plus Delivery Guide, which was co-produced with TABS,  is now available on the Bikeability website    More background here.
We’re keen to hear how you have been putting this into action - any details please contact: TABS has been asked to work with the Bikeability Support team next on the production of CPD training for instructors.

TABS is delighted to welcome new member - Gedling Sports Partnership
TABS letters
TABS wrote to Jeremy Vine following his ‘road rage’ experience and invited him to explore how the media communicate about cycling, addressing genuine issues of harm and danger reduction, such as how drivers behave, or what cyclists could really do to minimise risk to themselves. TABS also offered him a Bikeability training session to understand what is involved.

TABS has written to the DfT regarding the recent THINK! campaign targeting urban commuter cyclists. We expressed our concerns with the content and message of the campaign and offered to work wiht the government to  amend and develop this campaign to better reflect a message of shared responsibility and mutual respect on our roads. Our full response can be read here.

New Lincolnshire CC instructors training

Sustrans Big Pedal – Save the date! The Big Pedal is back for another exciting challenge between the 20 and 31 March 2017.


In 2016 it recorded a huge 1,179,900 journeys to school by bike and scooter in just two weeks. Help Sustrans break the record next year! There will be fantastic prizes up for grabs, ranging from stunt shows to bike and scooter storage. Registration will open in the winter, visit for more information.

A range of vacancies for Schools Go Smarter officers (Durham, Northumberland, South & North Tyneside, Sunderland) - Click here.
Pilot workshop - Help beat the funding blues
Many, if not all of us, are facing significant challenges in the coming years to meet the gap between the positive, growing demand for training and the available funding for Bikeability. So, TABS is looking to develop a workshop to help local authorities address this. Our workshop will explore strategies to access alternative funding for Bikeability, both internally and externally, how to achieve greater efficiencies - so your funding goes further - and the benefits and implications of diversifying our cycle training delivery.
We have 12 places on a pilot workshop, which will be in November and last 3 hours. If you would like to participate please email David Shannon or Nick Truran, cc. Isobel Stoddart with: your name, job title, authority and say which of these locations you would be happy to travel to: Manchester, London, Birmingham.

SEMINAR - What Bikeability can do for your school - SIGN UP
The YST will be running a new seminar ‘Maximising What Bikeability Can do for Your Schools’ in November. This is a free seminar targeted at those engaged in the strategic planning of Bikeability from Local Authorities, private providers and SGO Host Schools.

The seminar will be for 3 hours and held in Chesterfield on 16 November and London on 22 November, 10 am – 1pm.

Please book online following the relevant link: note places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis..


Instructor CPD, Bromley
Engaging with local MPs: Thanks to Cycle Leeds for writing to 7 local MPs explaining how successful Bikeabiilty has been, encouraging them to support more funding for  training and inviting them to experience it first-hand. So far Cycle Leeds have received a positive response from Greg Mulholland MP who wants to meet with Cycle Leeds to talk further. He has also written directly to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport on the issue.

MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group took to the roads of Greater Manchester on Friday 23 September to see for themselves what the city region is doing to get more people on bikes. This included experiencing a Bikeability training course with Year 6 children at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School in Whalley Range. More information here.

APPCG 'fact finding' visit to Manchester
Training courses
Bikeright! NSI courses:
Manchester - Oct 25th – 28th
Birmingham - Dec 6th – Dec 9th
2017 course dates also now on their website here

Cycle Training East Instructor Training:
4 day course - 13th, 19th 20th, 27th Nov 2016 in Chelmsford, Essex.  
Enquiries:, / 01376 346848 / 0771 236 3942.

TO NOTE: If you know of any relevant training / workshop / conference sessions please let know and we will add to listings.

Half term courses in Haringey

2016 Diary Dates
STARS regional award events:
Tuesday 18th October, North East, Yorkshire & The Humber, Leeds
Thursday 20th October, South West, Bristol

28 Oct – East Region ITO Conference
3/4 Nov - Modeshift Convention, Sheffield
16/18 Nov - 2016 National Road Safety conference, Bristol
21-27 Nov - 2016 Road Safety Week
7th Dec - TABS Board meeting
Early Dec- TABS/DfT catch up meeting

2017 Diary Dates
10 May - 2017 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 7th November 2016. 

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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