SEPTEMBER  2016 - TABS newsletter
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TABS Newsletter
September 2016

1. 2017 TABS Conference announced
2. Funding for Bikeability - update / call to action
3. Joint response to DVSA - update
4. Our Healthy Year! initiative
5. Modeshift STARS regional awards

Funding for Bikeability - update
TABS has produced a short briefing note with our views on the current funding situation, with demand for Bikeability dwarfing government funding.
We have also produced a letter that lays out what TABS has, and will be doing to try and secure additional funding, including seeking a meeting with the new Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP to demonstrate how the cycle training industry has grown, in professionalism, delivery capacity and its aspiration to train more children.
In this letter TABS urges members to take action locally - write to your local MP and encourage them to press the DfT for more short term funding for Bikeabilty training. We have prepared some suggested draft text plus a table of MPs divided by local authority.

Essex youngsters enjoying Bikeability training

Ebike CPD training / Action Plan - update
Thanks to those who provided details of the work they are doing around ebike training and feedback on the TABS Action Plan.  TABS is working up  a first draft of advice for ebike users, plus a CPD training module which we will share shortly. We will have an update in October newsletter on progress with the Action Plan.

DVSA consultation re driving test 
TABS, British Cycling, Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, and the London Cycling Campaign were all signatories to the final response to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on proposed changes to the driving test.TABS then issued a press release.  Full details / link to letter here.
PR / Publicity
Phillip Darnton, Chair of TABS champions Bikeability in discussion aimed at convincing Andrew Jones MP about the potential of cycling

 David Dansky, TABS Board member, defended cyclists and cycle training on Sky TV

Bedfordshire children learn from Bikeability
Institute of Advanced Motorists stages female bike skills day
Bikeability attributed with contributing to successes for cycling in Liverpool
Council chief promotes cycle training in Swindon
May reboots 'northern powerhouse' with £24m cycling pledge
Guernsey to introduce Level 1 & Level 2 to local schools
Warrington announces Bikeability grant funding
Cheshire East announces Bikeability grant funding
Hertfordshire announces Bikeability funding
Staffordshire kids continue to benefit from Bikeability

Wokingham Level 3 trainees get to sit in HGV to learn about blindspots

TABS is delighted to welcome new member - Newcastle City Council.
2017 National Bikeability Conference, HULL - save the date!
TABS is pleased to announce that the 2017 conference is being hosted by Hull City Council, during their City of Culture Year. The conference will take place in the Guildhall on Wednesday 10th MAY 2017. Please make a note in your diaries for now. NB there will also be a social event / ride on Tuesday 9th evening. Further information, accommodation and travel details to follow in due course. Many thanks to First Step Sports and Hull City Council for their generous sponsorship of the conference!
The grand Reception Room at the Guildhall, Hull

 New Change4Life initiative – Our Healthy Year
This will be focusing on encouraging Reception/Y6 teachers to build healthy eating and moving habits in children, and will provide resources for curriculum-linked activity. Schools will be receiving these resources from 13th September. Find out more/download resources.

New Young Active Travel Charitable Trust launches
Schools and parents in Birmingham will be able to apply to the trust for grants (up to £1,000 per grant) to support school travel plans, including cycle training. Further information here

New trainees in Weston-super-Mare
TABS membership - update
The TABS member page has been updated recently – members are now ordered alphabetically by region, with links through to their websites. Please let know if you need your entry amending.  
It’s great to see how many members are promoting their involvement with TABS – for example, Gloucestershire Council . Download TABS member logo  to add to your website / publicity materials.

STARS assistant, Swindon

Training courses
Outspoken Training NSI courses
- w/b 19th September 2016 (Cambridge)
- w/b 26th September 2016 (Lincoln)
- w/b 17th October 2016 (Cambridge)

Kent County Council NSI training (with Cycle Training UK):
10,11,17 & 18th Oct 2016 (Ashford)

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

2016 Diary Dates
16-22 Sept – European Mobility Week (website inc. series of materials to help promote sustainable transport)
23-25 Sept – Bike Show, NEC (TABS member, Pedibal will have stand there) 
29 Sept - TABS Board meeting

STARS regional award events:
Tuesday 4th October, East & South East, London
Wednesday 12th October, North West & Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent
Tuesday 18th October, North East, Yorkshire & The Humber, Leeds
Thursday 20th October, South West, Bristol

11 Oct - ITO meeting, Manchester
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
1 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 October 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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