Video interviews with Chris Boardman are available for download here.

British Cycling’s policy adviser, Chris Boardman, believes his appointment as Greater Manchester’s first Cycling and Walking Commissioner is the perfect way to promote the interests of cyclists and walkers across Britain.

Boardman was appointed by Mayor Andy Burnham in July, and will begin his role officially on 1 September.

“In a sense, I’ll be enhancing my qualifications and be able to advance the cause, which is just allowing more people to ride bikes and get around by bikes and walking.

“This is probably the best mechanism that we at British Cycling could ever have had given to us to get the job done.”

Boardman has been a policy adviser for British Cycling since 2013, and will continue to hold this role alongside his new commissioner duties.

“With all the work at British Cycling I’ve come to get an understanding of the challenges of cycling and walking, like why people don’t do it, why people don’t create the infrastructure for it and the politics that are in the way.

“Now I’ve got an opportunity to be on the other side of the fence and help to clear some of those obstacles away.”

Commenting on Boardman’s appointment British Cycling’s CEO, Julie Harrington, said:

“Chris Boardman’s passion in campaigning for better places to live and work for all road users over the last five years as British Cycling’s policy adviser make him ideally placed to take on this role. He will be a fantastic asset to the mayor’s team.”

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A review of the National Standard for Cycle Training imminent

What is the National Standard (specifically)?
The National Standard for Cycle Training (commonly just called the National Standard) is the series of Outcomes that describe effective cycling and cyclist instruction and contribute to getting more people cycling, more safely, more often.
The National Standard consists of the following:

  • The Outcomes that trainees demonstrate in training at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (the ‘trainee outcomes’);
  • The Outcomes that trainee instructors must demonstrate when learning how to be a National Standard Instructor (the ‘instructor outcomes’);
  • The Outcomes that trainee instructor trainers must demonstrate when learning how to be a National Standard Instructor Trainer (the ‘Instructor trainer outcomes’).

What’s within the scope of the National Standard Review?
All the above outcomes are within the scope of the review, as are the centralised courses to deliver them.

What’s the difference between the National Standard and Bikeability?
The National Standard is the set Outcomes that underpins the skills necessary for cyclists and instructors.  Bikeability is the DfT-funded award scheme through which the DfT promotes the National Standard in England.

Why does the National Standard need to be revised?
A 5-year cycle of review is in place to ensure that the National Standard can continue to evolve to respond to changing circumstances and remain relevant. As the National Standard was last revised in 2012 it is now timely to look at it once again.

How can I get involved?
The industry will have a key role in the revision, both in setting the direction of travel for the changes that need to be made to the National Standard, and the detail of it. Other stakeholder organisations outside of the industry, such as disability or motoring organisations, will also have a valuable contribution to make.

Contributions from the industry will be via registered Bikeability Schemes, and via these stakeholder organisations.  This means that it will be important for schemes and stakeholder organisations to consult with their instructors/members to canvass their views, before submitting their collective response.  It is hoped that this will encourage debate amongst organisations about the role and the detail of the National Standard.

The overall timetable for the review is as follows:

  1. Mid August to early October 2017: Stage One engagement.  Schemes and stakeholder organisations will be able to provide their response to a series of key question prompts regarding the overall direction of travel for revisions to the National Standard, via an online form;
  2. September 2017: A number of regional workshops will also be held for schemes and stakeholder organisations to provide their views
  3. Early October – end December 2017: All submissions will be analysed and the National Standard will be redrafted in accordance with the views received.
  4. Early January – end February 2018: Stage Two engagement: Schemes and stakeholder organisations will be able to provide their response to the revised National Standard, via an online form
  5. March 2018: Final changes to the National Standard will be made.
  6. End March 2018: We envisage that the new National Standard will be in place by the end of March 2018.

Please look out for a further message from the Bikeability Support team to let you know that the formal review process has started which will direct you to a new National Standard Review website where all the information you need will be provided.

In the meantime, please do start to think about the changes to the National Standard that you would like to see, and how your ideas can be discussed with colleagues within your scheme or stakeholder organisation.

Thank you,

The Bikeability Team

General Bikeability Enquiries
If you need support with your Bikeability scheme, anything from finding your login details to increasing delivery in your area, then please get in touch with the Bikeability team:
Please call the free-phone helpline on 0800 849 1017.
Please email your enquiries to and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

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TABS holds elections in August 2017 for 3 new directos

TABS is holding Board elections in 2017. The timetable is as below:

Nominations start: 23rd August 2017
Close: 18th September 2017
Voting starts: 3rd October 2017
Ends: 2nd November 2017
Results: By the 6th November 2017

The week commencing 21st August all members will receive an invite to nominate people to stand for a Board position. This is being sent by the Electoral Reform Society who are running the elections for TABS.

TABS encourages members to participate in the elections – either by submitting nominations for the Board and/or to vote. TABS needs a good selection of nominees for the 3 new Board places, and lots of votes to ensure we get the best candidates.

Representing the Bikeability industry as a TABS Director has a number of benefits – it is an opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and professionalism of the industry. It can also be considered of value to the organisation you work for, showing their commitment to the business. And, of course, it is a great personal development opportunity, illustrating your personal commitment, ability and aspirations.

The TABS Board needs directors with skills such as: marketing/communications; finance and fundraising; training (inc quality assurance); campaigning, business development; membership recruitment and services, governance, event management, stakeholder engagement/partnerships and research.  Ideally the Board should reflect the diversity of schemes and organisations involved with Bikeability (eg. small, medium and large schemes; independent schemes, local authorities that either deliver in-house or outsource etc.)
For any questions please email:

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FREE seminars – What Bikeability can do for your school

The Youth Sport Trust are running two free seminars, exploring ‘What Can Bikeability Do For Your School?. These are extremely useful for both scheme managers and instructors.

Further details, and the link to register for each seminar below:

25th September 2017: Manchester, The National Cycling Centre, M11 4DQ (9.30 – 12.30)

 28th September 2017: Steer Davies Gleave, SE1 9PD (9.30 – 12.30)

You will need to create an account if you don’t already have one and the courses are limited to 25 delegates per session.

All schemes that attend will be eligible to receive free hard copies of the ‘What can Bikeability do for your school?’ guide to give to all the schools in their area that they deliver to.

If you have any questions about the seminars please contact:
Lucy Townley
Project Officer – Physical Education & Achievement, Youth Sport Trust

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Cycle Training UK National Standard Cycle Instructor (NSI) Course – September

On: 18,19, 25 & 26th September 2017.

At : Ashford, Kent.


The four day course covers all aspects of National Standard cycle training including:

  • In-depth exploration of the National Standard Levels
  • Instruction on how to teach individuals and groups
  • Theory of assertive cycling
  • Bike and helmet fitting
  • How to check if a bike is roadworthy
  • Risk assessment and emergency procedure
  • Child protection awareness
  • Cycling games
  • Peer teaching practical sessions
  • Moving trainee cyclists on road between locations (snaking)
  • Lesson booking procedure, paperwork and feedback
  • Free copy of our Instructor manual and workbook


To join the course you must:
  • be a competent cyclist — i.e. ability to manoeuvre in complex infrastructure such as multi-lane roundabout (up to Level 3 NS Bikeability). If you are not sure of your skill level it may be useful to experience a 1:1 cycle training session before taking part in the course. Your own cycling skills will be continuously assessed throughout the course.


  • Possess a roadworthy bike which you can bring to the Instructor course, as the course includes practical sessions as well as classroom activities.


On successful completion of the course you will be a provisionally accredited Cycle Instructor. The course price is £500, which includes the cost of 1 x post course observation and 1 x post course assessment (which should be sufficient to achieve full qualification within 12 months of the course.)

Enquiries / bookings to

A £50 non-refundable deposit will be required for each booking.

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The One Show promotes Bikeability

Earlier in June Cycle Confident was busy teaching non-cyclists how to cycle on The One Show.

  • There were three women and two children.
  • None of the women knew how to ride a bike.
  • The two children, aged 4 and 6 could not either ride a bike at all or ride without the help of stabilizers.
  • The 6 yr old learned how to ride without stabilizers. The 4 year old learned how to ride a balance bike.
  • The session took place in a Kennington Sports Complex, within a gym.
  • Sessions were delivered on Tuesday, June 6th for broadcast at BBC’s Oxford studios June 7th, which was held in the studio with a live audience.

All participants were able to ride a bike after approximately 1 hour of instruction, which was provided by Michael Corden and Philippa Robb, two Cycle Confident instructors.

The BBC filmed the session and the results can be seen on the June 7th episode of BBC’s One Show. It was great fun for both instructors and trainees. Take a look starting at 15:35 seconds on iPlayer, which is free to view.

If you would like more information on Cycle Confident’s various cycling programmes, call 0203 031 6730 or email

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Kingston upon Thames case studies – how cycle training meets council objectives

The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames has used cycle training to help meet council objectives to:

  • get people to achieve wellbeing, independence and live healthy lives
  • create a safe and resilient community

For more information about the projects please contact:
Objective – Help people achieve wellbeing, independence and live healthy lives
Case study 1 – Get Active – Kingston Exercise referral programme.

The Kingston Get Active exercise referral programme has successfully been helping those who live, work and study in Kingston to become more physically active since 2008.


As an extension to the current range of physical activity opportunities provided by the referral programme, teams from Kingston’s public health department and the Sustainable Transport Team joined forces to develop an innovative solution to support the wider active travel agenda to patients referred to the programme through a cycling for health project.  By utilising the expertise and resources from both teams, patients can feel confident that they are receiving the proper care and training by qualified and competent staff in a safe environment.


Many patients are either new to cycling or have not been on a bike for years and want to refresh their skills and renew their enjoyment of cycling.  The programme is free of charge for a duration of 12 weeks which include a number of fixed appointments with professional cycle coaches and qualified instructors from the referral scheme. To support sustainability, weekly group cycle rides are offered to enable further development of cycling skills and encourage the use of bikes as a mode of travel for routine daily journeys.


Since the project started in September 2016, 14 patients have successfully taken part in this pilot scheme.  Upon successful evaluation they hope the programme will be fully rolled out in September 2017.


Objective: A safe and resilient community where everyone is welcomed and which supports the most vulnerable

Case study 2 – Malden Manor Cycling Club – Sheephouse Way Estate

The Sustrans Local People project in Malden Manor is a 28 month community street design project which is delivered in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Kingston Sustainable Transport Team provided 4 instructors to deliver the cycle skills training activities and led rides of the Malden Manor Cycling Club.


The Club has been funded by Cycle Grants London with the aim of supporting adults who are either complete beginners or have not ridden for a long time to learn to ride a bike with confidence. It started in April in a local school playground with 1-1 support from Kingston instructors and Sustrans officers, bikes to borrow and children’s activities alongside, to support parents to participate. We have worked with 14 adults and 9 children in total and the club has evolved to fortnightly led ride sessions in the local area to help new cyclists learn routes and build their confidence and fitness. Several of the participants have started going on rides independently with each other and most of them now have a bike and all the accessories they need to continue cycling.


Sustrans are using the TfL/GLA Healthy Street approach and indicators to frame the project as both an engagement tool and as a means of measuring the success of the project. This tool will enable the community to build a picture of what is required to realise a healthy neighbourhood at Sheephouse Way.

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Case study 3 – Aiming High

Aiming High Cycle training is funded by Achieving for Children (AfC, Kingston Children Services)) and offers short breaks activities to children with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream education. The Kingston Sustainable Transport Team has successfully delivered this programme for the past 5 years.


This specialist training is offered in small group ratios to young people who are unable to learn how to ride a bike in a large group and therefore have difficulties to enrol on our standard Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2 courses. This is generally in the form of one-to-one sessions which allow them to progress at their own rate with reduced peer pressure. The ultimate goal is for them to achieve Bikeability Level 1 and possibly Level 2 and join the standard Bikeability programme. Kingston train 45 children each year.



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Modeshift School of the Year 2017 announced at the Houses of Parliament

The 2017 National STARS School Travel Awards took place at the Houses of Parliament last month. Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable school travel.

Andrew Jones MP who presented the awards said “It is inspiring to learn about the creative and innovative ways schools are promoting sustainable travel. The STARS scheme ensures that young people and their families are more active and helps to reduce congestion on our roads, particularly at peak times. “This government is absolutely committed to improving how people travel and ensuring that people’s journeys are cheaper, safer and better for the environment.”
Ladycross Infant school won National STARS Primary School of the year for their commitment to best practice in sustainable school travel. Working closely with Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart Programme the school have shown an 11% decrease in car use in 3 years, with only 16% of journeys to school being made by car. Mr Hancock, Class teacher says “To be presented with this award is a real honour, this highlights the commitment from all of the pupils, staff, local authority and wider community. Taking part in Modeshift STARS has really helped our school embed a culture of sustainable travel within our curriculum and this award just shows that.”

The Grammar School at Leeds won the National STARS Secondary School of the year Secondary reducing car use by 9%, they have done this by using an innovative approach in creating GSAL Transport Limited providing an in-house bus service for students to use for school travel within a 30mile radius.

The competition was hard fought between the six current STARS Schools of the Region, these were:

  • North East – St Augustine’s RC VA Primary, Darlington
  • Yorkshire & The Humber – Boothferry Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Midlands – Ladycross Infant School, Derbyshire
  • South West – Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon
  • East of England – The Meads Primary School, Luton
  • South East – Wendover CE Junior School, Buckinghamshire
  • Yorkshire & The Humber – The Grammar School at Leeds
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New funding to boost school facilities and healthy lifestyles

Schools are to receive £415 million to help pupils benefit from healthier, more active lifestyles, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced today (28 February 2017).

Primary, secondary and sixth-form colleges will be able to use the funding to pay for facilities to support physical education (PE), after-school activities and healthy eating.

Schools will also be able to use the new healthy pupils capital programme to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues.

Alongside the funding for the PE and sport premium, breakfast clubs and universal infant free school meals, it represents over £1.3 billion investment in the 2018 to 2019 academic year to help young people live healthier lifestyles. This builds on wider government work such as the recent sports strategy.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

Schools can really help our children get a healthy start in life from exercise and sport, and also from knowing what a healthy diet means. It’s not only good for them while they’re in education, but the health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime.

That’s why we’re investing £415 million in facilities to support sports, after-school activities and promoting healthy eating, so we can secure the future health of our young people.

Local authorities and larger multi-academy trusts will receive an allocation for schools and will make decisions locally on how this money is invested. Smaller multi-academy trusts (MATs), individual academies and sixth-form centres will be able to bid for grants for specific one-off projects.

The money – from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy – will be available to schools in the 2018 to 2019 financial year and more details on how the fund will be distributed will be published later this year. Government has also pledged to ensure that the amount schools receive will not fall below £415 million regardless of the funds generated by the levy.

The healthy pupils capital programme will build on the government’s plans for schools to provide a longer school day by changing the focus of the scheme to provide new facilities or improve existing ones to make it easier for a range of extra-curricular activities to be provided.

Notes to editors

The new healthy pupils capital programme funding will be available in 2018 to 2019. All state-funded primary, secondary and sixth-form schools in England will be eligible to receive funding through one of two mechanisms, as follows:

  • all local authority community, foundation and voluntary-controlled schools will receive an allocation to their responsible body through a central formula which will account for pupil numbers. Voluntary-aided schools will also be funded in this instance as part of the local authority allocation. Also eligible will be MATs that currently qualify for a direct school condition capital allocation. Responsible bodies will then make spending decisions based on local context
  • smaller MATs, single-academy trusts and sixth-form centres will be eligible to bid for funding through a new healthy pupils capital fund.

Information on the allocation formula, spending guidance and bidding criteria will follow in the summer.

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Training Course available – East Sussex: 27 Feb – 2 Mar

East Sussex County Council, in partnership with The Royal Borough of Kingston are running instructor training on:

  • Monday 27th February
  • Tuesday 28th February
  • Wednesday 1st March
  • Thursday 2nd March

At Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF


Tel: 01273 335795  mobile 07881 282725


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