2018 TABS Regional Training Workshop series – February

TABS is working with our members to deliver a series of 4 regional workshops in February 2018, as follows:

  • Bradford  – Tuesday 13th February 2018
  • London – Thursday 15th February 2018
  • Bristol – Wednesday 21st February 2018
  • Maidstone – Thursday 22nd February 2018

The workshops will run from 10.30 (doors open from 9.30 for networking, refreshments and registration) – 16.00 (room available until 16.30 for networking).  There will be an introduction, providing an update on current DfT, Bikeability Trust and TABS news, plus any other relevant regional elements.

There will be 3 main sessions covering:
Getting good outcomes at Levels 1 & 2 – classroom session
(60 minutes)

  • How NS principles (realistic empowering, positive, progessive, trainee-led training) leads to good outcomes
  • Achieving more active learning/increased riding
  • Using core principles (positioning, awareness and communication) to minimise instructor talking time
  • Working with different ratios / course times – sharing differing practice

Practical session exploring the above  (60 minutes)
Session in 2 groups looking at Level 1 teaching and assessment, then at Level 2 teaching and assessment, sharing good practice

Internal quality assurance
(90 minutes)

  • What is the aim of IQA
  • Understanding the link between IQA and EQA
  • Explore the elements of IQA and the IQA cycle

The workshop will be suitable for both scheme managers and instructors. TABS will review the proportion of instructors/scheme managers at each workshop and try to tailor the agenda accordingly.

There will be a small charge for the workshops to cover TABS costs, of just £50 per TABS member / £80 per non-member.

The training will be delivered by David Dansky (Cycle Training UK – ITO/TABS Board member), in partnership with a local representative(s) in each location.

CLICK HERE for further information / to book a place on one of the workshops.
Please contact: isobel@tabs-uk.org.uk / 07952 786621 if you have any questions at this stage.

Many thanks to Kent County Council, Bristol City Council, Steer Davies Gleave and Bradford City Council for providing the workshop venues.

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Portsmouth City Council wins award for family cycle training scheme

Portsmouth City Council is celebrating the success of its Family Cycle Training scheme after winning an award for the ‘Best Behavioural Change Initiative’ at the national Healthy Street Conference.

Funded by the Department for Transport, the Family Cycle training initiative was created to encourage cycling as a fun family activity. By providing cycle training, parents and children were taught basic cycling and bike maintenance skills to ensure they felt confident on Portsmouth’s roads. To support the initiative, bike grants were awarded to low income families to ensure participation from across the city.

Between November 2016 and January 2017, 30 families took part in the training programme and a total of 80 bike grants were awarded to lower income families. In addition, 14 non-cyclists were taught to cycle and 85 cycle helmets were given out. As a direct result of the training, over half of respondents said they cycled more regularly as a family and over 70 percent felt more confident cycling.

The council submitted its entry in August, and during the recent Healthy Streets Conference the hugely successful scheme took first place in the ‘Best Behaviour Change Initiative’ category.   The judges particularly liked the council’s initiative for its ‘grassroots approach’.

Talking at the awards, jury member Brian Deegan, AltaGO-Europe director, said: “The road to healthy streets is more likely to be paved with thousands of small good deeds rather than a few huge sweeping changes.

“It is in the hands of every man, woman and child on every UK street to bring about this change and the judges want to hold this project up as a shining, achievable example to all.”

The Healthy Streets Awards and Conference recognises those working to make significant improvements in air quality, active travel, health and wellbeing.

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, comments on receiving the award. “Portsmouth is a great city for cycling.  It’s flat, compact and has some lovely scenic rides along the coast – but not everybody feels confident cycling on our roads.  Through the family cycle training, distribution of safety equipment and guided cycle rides we enabled participants to cycle safely and confidently, while working towards our aim to change attitudes towards cycling and improve levels of physical activity. We are delighted with the outcomes of the scheme and pleased to receive national recognition.”

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DfT’s Think! Campaign launches new child road safety resources

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The Think! campaign has developed a series of road safety educational resources and campaigns aimed at children. Iconic campaigns include the family of Hedgehogs, Kevin Keegan, and David Prouse as the Green Cross Code Man.

THINK! is launching new road safety resources for teachers and parents aimed at young children. The resources are expert endorsed, interactive and adaptable for use by teachers, road safety professionals and parents

The new resources are free to access online and include easy to follow lesson plans, a new road safety song and two new films co-created with children, making this the most extensive THINK! child and teen campaign yet. The new song and corresponding lesson plan teach children how to cross the road safely using the ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ mantra.

A new THINK! survey revealed that 67% of children are taught fewer than two hours of road safety education in their whole time at school. The DfT hopes these new, flexible and easy-to-use resources will make it easier than ever to teach children the vital lessons of the road.

THINK! resources for children aged 3 to 6 will be available to access from 20 November. Register your interest here. Resources aimed at ages 7 to 12 and 13 to 17 will be available in early 2018.



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PEand Sports Premium doubles to 320 million pounds – Active Travel to School included

On Tuesday (24th October 2017) the government announced that it was doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320million a year. The funding aims to improve the quality of PE and Sports Provision in schools, supporting children’s health through physical activity.

The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department for Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. The area that is key for the promotion of sustainable and active travel is that the government have outlined that the money can be used to “embed physical activity into the school day through active travel for journeys to and from school”.

This is a great opportunity to promote Bikeability / cycle training, and provide schools with hints, tips and ideas for spending an allocation of their PE and Sports Premium budget on walking and cycling.

Some specific areas that they can spend the funding on include:

  • · Providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PO and sport more effectively
  • · Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • · Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending schools sports and holiday clubs
  • · Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • · Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school

See links below for the full details of the announcement:



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Modeshift STARS – national awards scheme

Modeshift STARS is the national awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.


The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. Schools log activities that promote and support sustainable travel in the Modeshift STARS system. By doing so schools can apply for Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation and the system will automatically generate a brand new national standard School Travel Plan for that school


Local authorities* can link with their schools through Modeshift STARS and support them in delivering their travel action plan and achieving STARS Accreditation. Modeshift STARS has a range of resources and guidance documents to support schools and local authorities using the system and share best practice nationwide. As of October 2017, 64 organisations representing around 13,000 schools in England are signed up to Modeshift STARS.


*Local authorities are subject to a licence fee for use of the Modeshift STARS system

modeshift_stars_national_school_awards_ol  www.scottakoz.com


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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 contactus@bikeability.org.uk 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: isobel@tabs-uk.org.uk

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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) https://youthsporttrust.force.com/YST_EventRedirect?id=a0tb0000006Hz1IAAS

 28th September 2017: Steer Davies Gleave, SE1 9PD (9.30 – 12.30) https://youthsporttrust.force.com/YST_EventRedirect?id=a0tb0000006Hz13AAC

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 Cycletraining@kent.gov.uk

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

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