The Bike Hub levy fund has made a grant of £10,000 to TABS, the Association of Bikeability Schemes. Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. TABS, made up of Bikeability delivery companies, aims to work in the interest of Bikeability schemes, and represents the view of the professional cycle training industry in discussions and decision-making activities with Government agencies and other public bodies. TABS’s ultimate aim is more people taking trips by bike more often and more safely.
Bicycle Association president Mark Bickerton said: “Bike Hub is all about promoting the future of cycling. The Association of Bikeability Schemes is the perfect organisation for us to work with to secure the best possible return on our contribution from Bike Hub members' funds. Cycle training gets results that will last for generations to come."
Isobel Stoddart, the development manager at TABS, said: “TABS is delighted to have been awarded a grant from Bike Hub. This year TABS has invested resources into developing our strategy for future growth, securing partners approval and involvement and building a strong new membership package. The grant from the Bike Hub will go towards essential core costs, including staffing, to expand our range of quality improvement services alongside campaigning activities.”
Earlier this year, British Cycling’s Chris Boardman welcomed the work TABS is doing:
“Being able to ride a bike confidently on road, with minimum risk, is an essential life skill for an active and healthy lifestyle. Bikeability has an important role to play in giving people of all ages, especially the next generation of young people and their parents, the skills and confidence to make everyday trips by bike. If we want to transform cycling in this country we need to do all we can to make a difference and make sure that the government is taking us seriously. I welcome the role of TABS in putting pressure on the government to put Bikeability in the national curriculum, as well as the importance of continued funding for Bikeability beyond the term of this current government.”