2019 National Conference announcement

The Association of Bikeability Schemes is pleased to announce that the National TABS Conference for 2019 will be held in Hereford on the following dates:- Wednesday May 15th and Thursday May 16th.

Herefordshire Council have strong and established cycling programmes, which have contributed to very healthy levels of cycling as demonstrated by the 2011 census data.

This year the new off-road cycle route from the station, opened, which connects to the Great Western Way.

Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet Member | Transport and Regulatory Services:-

“We’re delighted to be hosting next year’s national Bikeability conference, especially at such an exciting time for the Bikeability world. Hereford is going through exciting times with the development of a new University, significant investment in transport projects and strong growth of the Hereford Enterprise Zone. Herefordshire Council, with support from the DfT’s Access Fund, is delivering a wide range of exciting active travel initiatives that saw an amazing 26% increase in cycling levels from 2016/17 to 2017/18. I look forward to welcoming TABs members to Herefordshire.”


More details will follow before the end of the year, with registration opening by early January 2019.



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Expression of Interest to Host the National Conference 2019 or 2020!

Applications are now being sought for a TABS member Local Authority organisation to host either the 2019 or 2020 National Conference.

Please read the documents:- Invitation to host file, which details everything you need to know in order to apply, as well as the Expression of Interest file which is where you will be asked to complete a form allowing you to sell your local authority as a host partner for either 2019 or 2020 National TABS Conference.

Expression of Interest Form 2019.2020

Invitation to Host 2019 2020

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Inaugural Bikeability Awards Programme


2018 Bikeability Awards Programme – OPEN for nominations

The Bikeability Trust is delighted to be launching the first ever Bikeability Awards programme for the industry. The primary aim of the Awards Programme is to reward and promote the good work that the Bikeability industry and partners are doing. Secondary aims include collecting a series of ‘case studies’ that can be used both to showcase Bikeability to external audiences, but also provide examples of best-practice for peer-to-peer learning within the industry.

Anyone may submit a nomination form, which is a very straightforward process. The Bikeability Trust encourages as many people as possible to submit a nomination(s) to ensure that the good work taking place within the industry is well represented! And please share this information about the Awards Programme with your colleagues, the organisations and individuals you work with.

All nominations will be assessed by a panel of independent, expert judges against a set of criteria for each award category. Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the National Bikeability Conference, run by TABS in London on Thursday 17th May 2018 at which the winners will be announced and presented with their awards.

To apply – download the nomination form, together with notes on how to apply and Terms & Conditions via the links below.

Bikeability Awards – Nomination Guidance notes
Bikeability Awards – Nomination form
Bikeability Awards – Terms & Conditions

The 5 award categories are:
i. Instructor of the Year
ii. Scheme of the Year
iii. Local Authority /SGO Host School Partner of the Year
iv. School/School Teacher/Governor of the Year
v. Trainee of the Year (Pete Rollings Award)

The timings are:
• Nominations accepted: Thursday 1st March – 12 noon Monday 26th March 2018
• Nominations judged: Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 13th April 2018
• Short list announced: Monday 16th April 2018
• Awards Ceremony: Thursday 17th May 2018


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Schools of the Region are set to star at the National School Travel Awards with Modeshift STARS.

10 schools were awarded School of the Region at the Modeshift STARS Regional awards that took place throughout November. These schools are invited attend to the National School Travel Awards taking place in March 2018 in London where the National Schools of the Year will be announced. Schools from across the country were nominated for the regional awards by their local authority for demonstrating best practice in promoting sustainable travel throughout their school. Schools could be nominated in one of four categories consisting of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).


Modeshift STARS is the national school travel award scheme designed to recognise schools who have shown excellence in promoting walking cycling and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme is open to schools throughout England and is supported by the Department for Transport. Schools were nominated to attend the regional awards and celebrate their success and share best practice.


Nick Butler, Modeshift’s National Awards Manager says “the regional awards are a great opportunity to recognise schools for their commitment to promoting sustainable travel. It’s fantastic to see the varied range of new and creative ways that schools adopt to embed a culture of active travel within their communities.


The schools of the region:

  • Mickley First School, Northumberland – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – North East


  • Turton and Edgeworth C of E/Methodist Controlled Primary School, Blackburn with Darwen – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – North West


  • Barnabas Oley CofE School, Cambridgeshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – East


  • Portfields Combined School, Milton Keynes – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – South East


  • Footsteps Day Nursery, Brighton and Hove – Modeshift STARS Early Years School of the Region – South East


  • Calton Primary School, Gloucestershire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – South West


  • St Mary’s C of E VC Primary School, – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – Yorkshire and The Humber


  • Riddings Infant & Nursery School, Derbyshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – Midlands


  • Turves Green Boys Secondary School, Birmingham – Modeshift STARS Secondary School of the Region – Midlands


  • Holbrook School for Autism, Derbyshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – SEND


If you would like to find out more information about Modeshift STARS please visit www.modeshiftstars.org of find us on Twitter or Facebook by searching for  @ModeshiftSTARS for more details.

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Phillip Darnton (OBE) stands down as Chair of TABS

Phillip Darnton (OBE) has generously given his time to TABS as Chair for the last 5 years.

He has decided to step down from the post, from December and has the following words to say:

“At the time of the election of new board members, it is also a requirement that the chair should stand down, to give the opportunity for a new chair to be appointed.

I have given the matter some considerable thought, and feel that this would be an appropriate moment for me to step aside, and not put my name forward for consideration for reappointment.

I hope that the next phase of TABS’ development will be a positive and dynamic one, alongside the strengthening of the Bikeability Trust. I am hopeful, too, that the funding of the Association may be placed on a more secure footing, and that the Instructor Training recommendations will soon be put into effect.

All this marks a new chapter in the life of TABS, and suggests that the time is right for new thinking and new ideas from the chair. As I hope that you know, I have enjoyed the experience of working with you all and the annual conference has always been a highlight for me. Hull this year was, in my view, the best event that you have staged so far, and challenges us to do even better in 2018!”

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Case study – Bike Club to encourage more regular cycling habits, pre/post Bikeability training

Clive Eve from Cycle Experience runs a Bike Club for Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington on Wednesdays after school and was recently involved in the school’s annual Hike and Bike fundraising event on 13th November 2017.

The challenge was to Bike or Hike from school to Blyth Beach, a distance of 3.5 miles.  The hikers set out first accompanied by staff, Governers and two community police offers.    The bikers were accompanied by Clive and staff and some members of the Vintage Cycle Club.

Everyone enjoyed fish and chips when they reached the beach before the Hikers returned to school by coach and the Bikers cycled all the way back.

Seven of the bikers were going to hike but Clive got them involved in the Bike Club and loaned them bikes for the challenge.

The Bike Club has grown since it started up and many children hadn’t been involved in Bikeability training previously so now enjoy the courses provided by Cycle Experience each year.

Eastlea Bike and Hike event

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New Directors appointed to TABS Board

The new Directors are:
Caroline Lane (West Berkshire Council)
Kieron McNab (Outspoken Training)
Pauline Roby (Cycle4Life)

TABS is delighted to welcome them to the Board – the range of skills and experience that they have will be a fantastic contribution to TABS.

Many thanks to all of TABS members that voted, and also particular thanks to Paul Lowe (Cycling Instructor) who took the time and effort to stand.

A huge thanks also to the Directors who will be stepping down from the TABS Board at the meeting on 6th December – David Dansky (Cycle Training UK), Liz Clarke (Bike Right!) and David Shannon (London Borough of Islington).

They have been involved since the organisation was first formed and have been the ‘backbone’ of TABS since then. It is impossible to calculate just how much time David, Liz and David have given to TABS – their contribution has been enormous and they will be greatly missed. Hopefully they will continue to play an active part in the work that TABS does, including the forthcoming regional workshops in February and the 2018 National Bikeability conference!

Thank you to Liz, David and David for their amazing and generous contribution to TABS over the past years.  And welcome again to the new Board members!

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Jesse Norman MP visits Level 2 Bikeability pupils at Lord Scudamore Academy, Hereford


Herefordshire Council’s Bikeability team welcomed Jesse Norman MP to Lord Scudamore Academy in Hereford on 24 November 2017. Mr Norman met a group of Level 2 Bikeability pupils at the academy to see their first on-road cycle training session.

Mr Norman was visiting as part of his new ministerial role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport. Paul Robison, Chief Executive of the national Bikeability Trust, explained how the DfT funding is used in Herefordshire to improve cycling confidence and safety.

Councillor Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads, said:

“Bikeability is a high quality cycle training programme which gives confidence and skills to those who wish to cycle safely. Our scheme provides free practical cycle training to over 1,000 pupils and adults across Herefordshire each year, enabling our residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives.”

Earlier this year, Herefordshire Council secured a £1.5m share of the government’s Sustainable Travel Access Fund. Through this funding, Herefordshire Council works closely with schools and the wider community to deliver scooter and cycle skills, bike maintenance sessions, led rides and walks.

Find out more about Herefordshire Council’s cycling provision at

www.herefordshire.gov.uk/cycling or email move@herefordshire.gov.uk

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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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