FAQs

  1. What is the Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS)?
  2. Why should a Bikeability Scheme join TABS?
  3. Who can join?
  4. How can I join TABS?
  5. How much does it cost to join?
  6. What will happen at the TABS launch conference?
  7. I’m already registered as a Bikeability instructor, can I join TABS?
  8. I’m a Bikeability instructor, the Bikeability Scheme I’m registered with is joining TABS. Am I covered by their membership fee or do I need to join independently?
  9. As a cycle trainer whose Bikeability Scheme is registered, can I attend the conference even if I don’t want to join TABS?
  10. I’m not a cycle trainer but I cycle and I am interested in cycle training, can I attend the TABS Launch Conference?
  11. I have provisional National Standard Instructor status, can I join TABS or do I need to wait until I have full instructor status?
  12. I’m a National Standard Assistant Instructor, can I join TABS?
  13. How do I find out more about registering as a Bikeability Scheme?

1. What is the Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS)?

The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) is a Community Interest Company which, in addition to the Bikeability aims of getting more people making trips by bike, more often and more safely, TABS aims to work in the interests of its members.

Working with relevant government agencies and public bodies TABS will act to ensure the delivery of high quality cycle training to the national standard. The Association will also serve the sector by offering benefits and services to members.

 

2. Why should a Bikeability Scheme join TABS?

By joining TABS, or renewing your membership for 2014, a Bikeability Scheme can get views represented to government as TABS will be on the Cycle Training Standards Board (CTSB). TABS will consult members, giving you the chance to influence the future arrangements for cycle training.

Government funding for cycle training is agreed up to the end of 2016. TABS will represent the views of the cycle training industry so that informed decisions can be made regarding future funding.

However to do more, we need more members – to be a louder voice, and to promote and expand Bikeability more effectively. As with any trade association, as membership grows so will the authority of TABS, along with our ability to provide more services for our members, to secure more funding and have a greater influence on government policy.

More information about the benefits of membership.

 

3. Who can join?

Any currently registered Bikeability scheme, including sole traders or Bikeability grant provider can join. Currently registered schemes need to have completed their annual update with the Department for Transport. TABS also welcomes applications, to be a supporter, from non-delivery partners, including local authorities and any organisation or business interested in Bikeability. *

* Supporters (ie. anyone that is not a registered Bikeability scheme) will not have voting rights.

4. How can I join TABS?

Please download, complete and return the Membership Application.  

Once you’ve completed the form, you will need to either pay by BACS or post a cheque, payable to “The Association of Bikeability Schemes” to:

The Association of Bikeability Schemes TABS, c/o 2 Abbey Coach House, Back Lane, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR

For queries please e-mail info@tabs-uk.org.uk

 

5. How much does it cost to join?

The membership / supporter fee depends on the size of the scheme (by Bikeability annual turnover).  For more information click here.

2015/16 membership rates
 Per annum
Turnover of £0 – 10k  £50
Turnover of £10k – 80k  £150
Turnover of £80k – 200k  £300
Turnover of £200k – 300k  £400
Turnover of £300k+  £500
Supporter (non-delivery local authorities, 3rd party schemes, charities)  £250
Corporate/national member  £400

6.What will happen at the annual national Bikeability conference, organised by TABS?

The Annual Bikeability Conference – promoting excellence and professionalism, organised by TABS takes place every year, normally during SATS week in May. 

The aim of the day is to provide both deliverers on-the-ground, as well as commissioners of Bikeability services a series of training experiences across various aspects of Bikeability. It is also a chance to network with  colleagues, share and discuss good (and bad-practice)  with others in the cycle training industry, and get an update on the latest national issues.

For background about previous conferences, in 2012, 13,14 and 15 click here.

 

7. I’m already registered as a Bikeability instructor, can I join TABS?

TABS membership is open to schemes rather than individuals, so if you are a sole trader or your scheme is registered, you can join TABS.

 

8. I’m a Bikeability instructor, the Bikeability Scheme I’m registered with is joining TABS. Am I covered by their membership fee or do I need to join independently?

TABS membership is open to schemes rather than individuals. So membership is only open to you if you have registered your Bikeability scheme as a sole trader.

If the Bikeability scheme you are registered with has joined TABS, it is worth checking as you are certainly welcome to attend the TABS annual conference, as a guest of the scheme.

 

9. As a cycle trainer whose Bikeability Scheme is registered, can I attend the conference even if I don’t want to join TABS?

Yes, you are welcome to just attend the annual conference and you will need to register with us to attend and pay a fee – for further information click here.

Although if your Bikeability Scheme is registered, it is cost effective to also join TABS this year. As a special offer to encourage schemes to join TABS, depending on the size of your scheme, attending the conference without joining may cost more than joining and attending the conference.

 

10. I’m not a cycle trainer but I cycle and I am interested in cycle training, can I attend the annual Bikeability Training Conference?

Places will be limited to those registered as delivering Bikeability Schemes but if you are not in this category, you can go on a waiting list which will be reviewed once the annual registration deadline has passed and if places remain, we will contact you and you can register and attend.

 

11. I have provisional National Standard Instructor status, can I join TABS or do I need to wait until I have full instructor status?

TABS is open to schemes not individuals and only registered Bikeability Schemes can join TABS. So, you need to have full instructor status and then register your Bikeability Scheme before your scheme can apply to join TABS.

 

12. I’m a National Standard Assistant Instructor, can I join TABS?

No, only registered Bikeability Schemes can join TABS. So you cannot join, however, if you are interested in coming to the conference, please contact us to be put on the waiting list which will be reviewed once the annual registration deadline has passed.

Initially, we are limiting places to people working with registered Bikeability Schemes but if places remain after the deadline, we will be in touch to see if you wish to register for and attend the conference.

 

13. How do I find out more about registering as a Bikeability Scheme?

Please visit the Bikeability website
http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability/delivering-bikeability/bikeability-registration/