Here is the first official announcement about this:
The Association of Bikeability Schemes is a new body, being set up to represent the cycle training industry. There are now well over 350 Bikeability Schemes registered and more than 6,000 people have trained as instructors. Between them, they are delivering Bikeability training to more than a quarter of a million children each year.
The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) will act as an industry body to give a greater collective voice to Bikeability Schemes. Like any industry, there is of course competition between members, but most mature industries have realised that there is also a lot of common ground and that they are stronger when they unite on this common ground.
TABS has been set up by a sub-group of the Instructor Training Organisations as a Community Interest Company and will soon invite applications for membership. All active Bikeability Schemes that hold a current up-to-date registration will be eligible to join.The Department for Transport has been very supportive of this initiative.
A primary motivation for setting up TABS is to help ensure the quality of delivery of Bikeability across the country. There will be a launch conference in Birmingham on Thursday 21st June. This will include a chance to elect a board for the Association and there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved: this is an industry body run by the industry, for the benefit of its members. The conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss all sorts of aspects of cycle training and, of course, the chance to meet people from all over the country who, like you, are dedicated to delivering excellent Bikeability cycle training. Put this date in your diary and watch this space for more details.
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