APRIL 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter - APRIL 2015

1. Bikeability conference 2015 - workshop information & sign-up sheet now available
2. 10th April: Bikeability research event, London
3. UCAS points for Bikeability?
4. Hazard perception study results published
5. Take action locally - contact your MP

6. Reports, briefings re. children's health and attainment

2015 Bikeability training conference
If you’ve not already booked your place(s) click here for further background and to complete the on-line booking form.  If you have registered, you need to sign-up to select your preferred session choices  on the day – click here for the on-line form. Further information about the wide range of workshops, poster and surgery sessions available here.

Date for diary
Secondary school students to present Bikeability related research @ the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London on Friday 10th April – to book a place or read more click here.   

Member news
Survey winner - Many thanks to those of you who completed our on-line member survey. The winner of the free place at the national Bikeability conference 2015 is Fiona Quinn, Haddenham Cycle Training.
Take action locally!  In the run-up to the election Sustrans are asking people to make a difference in their local area by telling their local candidates what they would like to see to improve walking and cycling (including cycle training) in their constituency.  For more information - take action here. And/or tweet:  In the run up to #GE2015 make cycle training  a key priority #SafeToSchool

UCAS points for Bikeability? TABS is working with the London Borough of Bromley to encourage UCAS to consider awarding university entry points to students who have completed Level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability, as an incentive to students to undertake their Bikeability training as well as gain excellent cycling skills in preparation for cycling at university. We will be raising this issue with our partners and government departments over the next couple of months to see what action we can get.  If anyone has any ideas/suggestions please contact:
Interesting reading
Brain booster
- Australian research into how physical activity enhances children's learning
Protecting Public Health - Public Health England briefing re. link between pupil health, well-being and attainment.

Meetings /Events 
1.  TABS National Training Conference - Tuesday 12th May, Manchester
2.  Friday 10th April - research presentation, London School of Hygiene
Child Safety Week 2015: 1-7th June
4. BeepBeep Day - 8th

2015 Hazard Perception report results
This research was designed to test the hypothesis that Bikeability improves children’s ability to perceive and appropriately respond to on-road hazards faced by people who cycle. The research, undertaken by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), was commissioned by the Bikeability Support Team at Steer Davies Gleave with funding from the Department for Transport and support from former TABS Board member, Michael Frearson.  To read more about the key findings click here. And to read the full report - click here

Belfast City Council launches new public bike share scheme along with free cycle training offered by Sustrans.  For more information about the scheme, click here.

Discussion Forum - new area still under construction

Apologies for the delay but we are still working on the password protected area on the Forum for schemes only. If you would like to join this area please email: by 31st March.

Article by Carlton Reid in driving instructors’ magazine, adiNews about the cycling instruction video
Devon – cycle training for children helps families cycle together
Lincolnshire – Bikeability + pilot
Lincolnshire – Pilot cycling scheme
Cambridgeshire – Peterborough Bikeability
Dunfermline pupils get on their bikes
Bikeability Plus in Cambridge
Call for drivers to take Bikeability test
Fife - cycling pilot scheme rolled out across primary schools
Maidenhead – Students take part in Bikeability course  
Lincolnshire Council Bikeability scheme offer training at Velo Prix

Training / Advice
Details of CPD training courses available here

New courses added to the website this month include:
Cycle Training East CIC will be running an Instructor Training Course in Chelmsford, Essex on 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th May 2015. Please contact Lin Wade on 01376 346848 or
For details of Life Cycle UK’s CPD training – click here   

New TABS members
TABS is delighted to welcome several new members this month:

Bradford Council
Milton Keynes Council 
Birmingham Council
Paignton Community and Sports College
Wokingham Borough Council – for more details about their activities –  newsletter link

Do share your views and news on TABS Forum and
Twitter: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the MAY newsletter, or raised at the next TABS / Bikeability Support Meeting contact:  by Wednesday 6th May 2015. 
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