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Sharing Ideas and Experience

This month, our Head of Training, Kieron, had the pleasure of heading up to Nottingham for the latest East Midlands Bikeability meeting.

The gathering includes a mixture of scheme managers from Local Authorities and private companies, with a range of different backgrounds and a wealth of different experiences.

Before the meetings, attendees add items onto the agenda including successes they have had, challenges they are facing and good practice which they wish to share. With the attendees having an extensive knowledge and experience of delivering Bikeability locally, we have always found the agenda items insightful and helpful with developing our scheme and Bikeability training throughout the area.

Overlooking Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, attendees discussed:

  • An update on the National Standard review
  • An update on the Instructor Training review
  • Possible implications and future benefits of the reviews
  • A TABS update
  • A Bikeability Trust update including the future of Bikeability support services and marketing
  • How best to award certificates and badges


The meetings are organised every 6-months by Tracy Graham from VIA East Midlands who commented:

"I certainly feel that our meetings are informative and useful.  We have been meeting together for probably 3-4 years.

We are able to discuss our local issues, share information re: recruitment, retaining staff, best practices, charging for services – as well as topical issues such as the National Standard Review, Instructor training and implications."

It was also brilliant to welcome Sally Redman-Davies who was attending her first meeting on behalf of Rutland County Council:

I really felt that it provided the opportunity for the attendees to:  question, raise issues, exchange ideas and inform others.  Due to the backgrounds of the attendees, items were able to be discussed and debated constructively which was very refreshing and certainly superseded my expectations.

We are very much looking forward to attending the next meeting in July to share ideas before the introduction of the new National Standard and would encourage other areas to organise these fantastic meetings too.

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