Our goal of signing 500 supporters by Christmas has been achieved with a few weeks to spare; our supporter base now totals 504!
Needless to say the more supporters we sign up the more chance we have, hopefully, of achieving our aims of Better – for the environment and the Garden Town of Taunton and surrounding area, Quicker – door to door and no need to find a parking space and Fitter – feel fitter and healthier so work will continue to expand our supporter base.
For those of you that have tried to search for the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign website using Google it will come as no surprise to you that only references to the site and not the actual site itself were found. As our supporter base grew it was becoming more and more frustrating that news items and valuable information featured on the website were not being found and viewed.
That has now all changed as we launch our new website name which is www.thetacc.org.uk A big thank you to our volunteer web master Paolo who masterminded this change.
Unfortunately our promotional material is now out of date so when handing out these items, business cards for example, please point out our new website name.
On Saturday 18 November Sustrans held their annual regional meet-up. The meeting was well attended and was a great opportunity to network with other Sustrans volunteers as well as to gather useful information. Bob Steele (Mid-Somerset co-ordinator) gave a presentation about the work of the group which was well received. There was also a presentation about the Taunton Project from Ruby Tobin.
Representatives of Sustrans, including James Cleeton, Regional Director, reminded and inspired all attendees about the core aims of Sustrans as well as issues around land and the cycle network management. A workshop covering the planning process and how to influence planning decisions was also held.
The day finished with a ride around the Taunton Foxglove Cycle Trail led by Mike Ginger of TACC.
It was a great opportunity to test the trail on another group of people and the response was very positive. Even people who have lived locally for years said that they were discovering green spaces that they didn’t know existed.
TACC have funding for the way marking and we are now seeking funding to produce a map of the route together with a sizeable print run with a launch date hopefully achievable by Spring 2018. This is supported by Visit Taunton who receive lots of requests for cycling information.
On Saturday 18th November members of TACC held another supporter recruitment day. The day exceeded all expectations and a further 89 new supporters were signed up.
Again it was great to hear from local residents, not only from those who cycle but also from non-cyclists who understand the need to encourage cycling in and around the town, who support the aims of TACC.
Our supporter base now stands at 493 supporters which is just seven short of our 500 signed up supporters by Christmas target; a big well done to all those involved!
On Thursday 9th November TACC held another supporter drive to increase numbers towards our goal of five hundred by Christmas. Despite a dull, drizzly day another 61 supporters were signed up.
It is really encouraging the way many people relate to what we are talking about, and put forward their own ideas.
Our supporter base now heads towards the four hundred mark so we still have some work to do.
To that end further drives are planned for Saturday 18th November outside Monsoon in Taunton town centre and Sunday 3rd December along the Obridge link by the bridge over the canal and French Weir.
Cycling to work reduces your likelihood of an early death by over 40%. Research published in @bmj_company shows cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer. https://t.co/D2s5q4C5or
Check us out in the County Gazette this week! Remember to keep posting your journeys to win prizes! https://t.co/pBHMEutdW2