Over the summer TABS sent an email appeal to our members asking them to collate evidence from parents and children, in the form of drawings, poems, letters – something visual and memorable, about how Bikeability has ‘changed their lives’ for the better and contributed to their sense of excitement and fun.
We want to get this evidence in front of relevant Ministers and local MPs. We believe this action could be a powerful weapon in attracting their attention and support for Bikeability into the future, at a critical time for funding decisions.
The intention is simple – to bring the human side of cycle training and its local impact to the attention of key decision makers.
We want schemes to write to their local MP and send him/her a selection of the best feedback they have received from children, and their families that have been trained which proves the value of the investment that the government has made in funding Bikeability training.And to urge him/her to lobby the Secretary of State for Transport and also the Minister to ensure that funding will continue, and that Bikeability is written into Department budgets for the next 5 years.
We have asked that schemes copy TABS into the communication with their MP so we know which MPs have been contacted, and by which scheme @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download a template letter to send to your MP.
There is also a very useful site to find ones local MP – http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
TABS will be keeping an updated record of all the correspondence – by whom and with whom here, along with links to examples of the materials being shared.
Letters sent to:
The Rt.Hon. Jeremy Browne, Somerset, Andy Slaughter MP, Hammersmith (positive response received), Andrew Stevenson MP, Pendle (and positive response received – attending Bikeability session on 15th Sept), Owen Paterson – Shropshire, Sarah Champion – Rotherham, Theresa May – Maidenhead, John Redwood – Wokingham, Adam Afriyie – Windsor, Anne Main – St Albans, Ian Mearns – Gateshead, Theresa Villiers – LB of Barnet, Matthew Offord – LB of Barnet, Mike Freer – LB of Barnet, John Cryer – LB of Redbridge, Mike Gapes – LB of Redbridge, Lee Scott – LB of Redbridge (positive response received) , Seema Malhotra – LB of Hounslow , Mary Macleod – LB of Hounslow , Bob Blackman – LB of Harrow , Gareth Thomas – LB of Harrow , Fiona McTaggert – Slough , Phillip Lee – Bracknell , Guy Opperman – Northumberland, R Campbell – Northumberland , Sir Alan Cheeseman – Northumberland, Ian Lavery – Wansbeck, Stephen Mosley – Chester, Graham Evans – Cheshire West, George Osborne – Cheshire West, Stephen O’Brien – Cheshire West; Andrew Miller – Cheshire West (positive response received), Rosie Winterton – Doncaster, Ed Miliband – Doncaster, Meg Munn – Sheffield, David Blunkett – Sheffield, Clive Betts – Sheffield, Paul Blomfield – Sheffield