MARCH 2015 - TABS newsletter
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TABS IQA seminar - Manchester, 16th February

TABS Newsletter - MARCH 2015

1. 2015 CONFERENCE,12th May
2. 2014 Member Survey - open for feedback
3. Discussion Forum - password protected site
4. 2015 membership renewals - reminder
5. CPD training opportunities


TABS national training conference will take place on TUESDAY 12th May 2015.This all-day training conference, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, will be hosted by British Cycling at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester M11 4DQ.
Within the next fortnight we will provide more information about the day’s content, and also start taking bookings for the conference (hopefully on-line this year!). My colleague, Lily Evans, who is working 2 days a week from now to help organise the event will be in touch shortly.

The focus of the conference this year will be solely on training, with a wide range of practical workshops and different types of discussion forums.   And then, in the Autumn 2015, post elections, TABS hopes to hold another event this time focusing on the promotion of Bikeability to key decision makers and funders, at which the achievements of Bikeability schemes can be show-cased.
TABS is currently in the process of collating the conference content and are keen to get input from our members. Please do get in touch ASAP if you:
  • have any suggestions for workshop topics,
  • would be interested, in-principle, to host a discussion group of some kind,
  • would be interested, in-principle, to showcase a particular innovative or best-practice issue, and be willing to talk about the experience.
If you can email and we will try to work your suggestions/contributions into the conference agenda. For further information click here.


Help get Bikeability into election manifestos 
Last month we invited members to contact their local MPs inviting them to include targets for training and funding in their Election manifestos and send them a fact sheet -  Click here for info sheet  and suggested text for a cover email, plus general guidance on engaging with MPs (including PR hints and tips). TABS would love to hear from any members who have received feedback from their MPs (email:, and if you've not yet done so, do contact them!

2015 Survey Last month TABS iinvited feedback about our membership services. We have had some responses but would welcome more! We would also like to collect information about the experience and skills of our members, for instance, in marketing, research, training etc., plus your interest in contributing to future TABS projects and working groups. This survey is now available for you to complete, using Survey Monkey - just click here.  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete. The names of all those who respond will be entered into a prize draw to win a free, additional place at this year's training conference.

Meetings /Events 
1.  TABS National Training Conference - Tuesday 12th May, Manchester
Child Safety Week 2015: 1-7th June
3. Bikeability regional conferences, Scotland, March

2015/16 Membership renewals Recently you should have received an email with invoice attached for 2015/16 membership. The membership rates have stayed the same as last year, and will also include a free conference space. I hope that you will renew your membership this year, and many thanks to those that have already renewed. If you did not receive an email with invoice attached please contact:

2015 Regional Seminar series - Exploring Internal Quality Assurance
There are a couple of places left for the last seminar in the current series - on Tuesday 31st March in London. TABS members £20/person, non-members £45/person. Please let know if you are interested in attending/to request application form.  Notes from the seminars will be available for everyone afterwards.
Discussion Forum - NEW AREA
TABS has had a request to set up a password protected area on the Forum for schemes only. If you would like to join this area please email: by 31st March.

TABS Tweeting  - don't forget that you can also communicate via TABS twitter feed - @TABSbikeability

News story - 100's more children in Aberdeen receive Bikeability training - find out more here  


Wokingham Council given £25,000 grant to get families cycling as part of Bikeability + pilot
Durham County Council's Bikeabiliity training numbers reach 20,000, since 2009 

And another story about Durham Council success
Dorset school girl ​makes award-winning progress with Bikeability

Training / Advice
Details of CPD training courses available here
New courses added to the website this month include:
Cycle Confident are running a series of CPD modules including Safeguarding Children, Giving and receiving feedback, Dealing with conflict and de-escalation.
The courses (9am – 5pm) are open to all, in Kennington, London. Register at: (under ITO tab) or call: 02030316730
Wiltshire Council ITO, based in Melksham, Wiltshire are running a series of CPD courses (9.30am – 4.30pm) on:
April 14th,15th,21st,22nd 2015;
15th,16th,22nd,23rd 2015;
10th,11th,17th,18th 2015.
To book/inquire about the above courses or for a full list of CPD courses on offer for 2015 contact Tina at / Tel: 01225 701970

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

Erewash SSP
Coventry City Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Urban Vision Partnership Limited - a partnership between Salford Council and Capita
Cycling Age
Castles Cycles

Care in Mind

Jobs available
Cycle Training UK, London are looking to recruit a new Head of Finance - click here for further details
BikeRight! is looking for an experienced Operations Manager to lead the company's range of cycle training services in Merseyside - click here for more details on Operations Manager – Merseyside post

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