September 2015 - TABS newsletter
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Image from Family Adventure Project - lots of ideas for overcoming barriers to family cycling!
TABS Newsletter

1. REQUEST - engaging with your local MP
2. REQUEST - key promotional opportunities
3. NEWS - including  'SPACE' video success
3. UPDATE - School Travel Survey results
4. NEW - ICE research / background reading
5. UPDATE - TABS BOARD Elections

UPDATE: Making Bikeability famous - now engage your local MP!
Earlier this week TABS sent a 'package' of information to members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Committee (APPCG) as well as recently appointed new committee members. This included: TABS encourage you to now contact your local MP (especially if they are new this Parliament) with similar information/offer of free training. And if you can keep posted on your actions, we can keep a central record of responses (including ones we receive directly) which we can discuss with the APPCG / DfT. We will be following up with MPs in a couple of weeks time to remind them.

Comments & suggestions for TABS Action Plan 2015/16 welcome!
TABS has produced a simple Action Plan aimed at training and advocacy activities. We would welcome your thoughts on it, plus suggestions for any other key events at which you think TABS should be represented to promote Bikeability, or people that we should be approaching specifically to offer Bikeability training to? Please email:

"SPACE" - the 3 min video, featuring Chris Boardman, focused on how to overtake cyclists on the road.  / has proved extremely successful, with over 320,000 views in the first week after its launch. It has been featured on Radio 5 Live; in The Times; The Guardian blog, as well as Motoring, and Cycling Weekly and promoted via the DfT's THINK campaign.  British Cycling has, on Chris Boardman's behalf, sent the link to its 92,000 members. TABS Chair, Phillip Darnton wrote to Mark Magee, the Head of the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) and it is looking likely that the video will be incorporated into the DVSA's own training materials and websites and promoted out to driving instructors across the country.

Bikeability Plus pilot project in Peterborough, delivered by TABS member, Outspoken Training makes the finals of the Transport Planning Awards in the Best Behaviour Change project category, attended by Andrew Gilligan and Robert Goodwill MP. The Awards are taking place next week. TABS Chair Phillip Darnton will be hosting the event, and will take the opportunity to promote Bikeability.

Positive Spin - a groundbreaking project funded by Lambeth Council which looks to enables people with dementia to cycle. delivered by TABS member, Cycle Training UK.The aims of the project are to:
  • offer a fun social activity to enhance health and well-being for people with dementia
  • evaluating the benefits of cycling for people and their families

The Rail Delivery Group has produced a useful map showing stations and railway lines in each constituency alongside MP details.

Update from Devon
Devon has trained nearly 42,000 children since 2006 through to August 2015. In 2006 there were only 50 children trained across the whole county then. A great achievement!

Plus a new set of 9 short films from Devon - Enjoy the Ride!

Best-practice guidance
TABS has been asked by the Bikeability Support Team to produce draft content for an IQA CPD module and also to assist with collating information about best-practice guidance for parents riding with children. TABS Task & Finish Groups have almost completed their final draft of Procurement Guidance for Local Authority Officers for BIkeabiilty contracts and work is progressing on a briefing paper for schools about links between Bikeabiity and the curriculum. TABS will consult with members on these documents as soon as finalised.

To note
Isobel will be away for the first few weeks in October so there will be a short update newsletter end of September and then a full newsletter start of November.

UPDATE - Research
School Bikeabiity Survey 2014/15 - The survey collection for Scottish schools is underway, and will continue until the end of September. It is intended that school reports for both English and Scottish schools will be produced in October, and a review of the findings produced by the University of Plymouth by the end of 2015.

New research paper published by the ICE studies the links between cycle training for kids and active travel. TABS has secured permission to reproduce the graph in this paper showing the relative Bikeability delivery 2013/14 across England.

A research paper produced in Jan 2015 concludes that children participating in physical activity are better able to stay focused and remain on task in the classroom.

Hertfordshire Cycling's first session for deaf & hearing impaired cyclists

TABS Elections 2015 - for new directors 
TABS Board member elections will be run this October. There will be a rolling programme of new appointments with half of the directors standing down, half remaining in post. The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) will manage the elections on behalf of TABS. They will be inviting nominations from members wishing to join the TABS Board in early October, along with guidance notes The elections will take place mid November, with the results announced mid December.
Background reading
Interesting reading about how the growth of games on bikes to help with cycle training in Denmark, plus link to resource with suggestions for games.

The CTC have produced some useful briefing notes about cycle training, cycling and schools, full of facts, figures and suggestions. You can download the full briefing note for each from the page links below:
CTC briefing note - Cycle Training
CTC briefing note - Cycling and Schools
CTC briefing note - How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

50% of primary school children want to cycle to school

TABS will have a display stand at each of the 3 Modeshift Stars Regional Awards events on 6th, 15th & 22nd October - a good opportunity to talk to schools and associated organisations about Bikeability.

Free Bikeability training, provided by the CTC as part of Crown Estate funded 'Thrive' events - end September

New Members
TABS is delighted to welcome Hartlepool Council - Safer on the Move as a new member.

Training / Advice

TABS is in the process of collating information about training opportunities in a new shared Google calendar that ITO's can update directly.  In the meantime, information about training courses is available here.

Dates for your diary
Apologies: organisers of the Sustainable Transport conference:Beyond 2015 that was advertised in the last newsletter appear to have gone into receivership.

24 Sept - Haringey Conference (workshops by David Shannon & Mark Tournier, TABS Board
22 Oct - The Future of Sustainable Transport Conference TABS is a supporter of this conference and members get 25% discount. For more information/promotional code to secure discount click here.
23 - 29 Nov- Road Safety Week, co-ordinated by Brake 

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 23rd October 2015. 
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