Author: mikeginger2

Aldi tops cycle parking league table

Thanks to all TACC supporters who did the supermarket cycle parking survey providing data for 11 supermarkets. The new Aldi at Bathpool just edged it on the scoring. They have provided easy to use ‘Sheffield’ type racks, properly spaced, close to the entrance. Well done to Aldi.

Aldi supermarket tops the league in cycle parking facilities
Aldi Bathpool

The survey showed that some very basic errors are being made. Lidl at Castle Street has put its racks too close to the wall, there is a kerb to go up, it is some distance from the store entrance and you have to mix it in the car park.

Tesco have provided oddly shaped racks which are more difficult to secure a bike, and they are too close to a wall.

Lidl, Castle Street, has racks too close to the wall
Lidl, Castle Street

Parking a bike at Tesco Castle Street causes difficulties with securing the bicycle
Tesco, Castle Street

Worst of all, Lidl in Halcon and Tesco Express on Priorswood Road offer absolutely no cycle parking. Taunton Deane Borough Council are supposed to be ensuring that 1 cycle parking space is provided for every 80m2 of retail space, which in the case of some recent supermarkets has not been achieved. We need to ask the question – what is going wrong?
The full league table shows the results.

Cycle parking facilities near supermarkets (2018, n=11)
Supermarket Points scored Comments
Aldi Bathpool 20 This is a new store so it may get busier.
As the newest supermarket in town seems to have done a good job.
Morrisons Riverside/Firepool 19 More capacity needed here. It would also be good to have an official cycle access point at the northern end of the car park. There is a slope and footway access that I use.
Waitrose Wellington 17 They occasionally get blocked by trolleys.
Tesco Castle St 17 It’s poorly positioned with trolley racks and no passing space for wheelchairs.
This store has two bike parking areas. The one to the right of the main entrance has no easy access or egress other than on foot. The racks Tesco uses are a poor design. Their trolley racks are much better quality!
Cycle racks crowded and inadequate jammed in near a trolley park.
Sainsbury Hankridge 15
Sainsbury Town Centre 14 Numbers of cycle racks insufficient.
Asda near Toneway 14 There’s a sign near the racks indicating cycle parking.
Co-op Welllngton Road 12
Lidl Castle St 7 There is a large step up to the cycle parking requiring dismount to access.  A cyclepath runs past this store, yet a separate cycle access has not been provided from this lane, only a pedestrian access.  The railings by the main entrance are a better facility than the racks provided which are too close to the wall.
Lidl Halcon 0 No cycle parking. It has space to provide decent bike facilities but there is nothing present for cyclists, other than the trolley barriers, which will damage bikes.
This is a fairly recent store. It appears that TDBC didn’t check that their own standards had been met.
Tesco Express Priorswood Road 0 No cycle parking. Rack is turned on its side and not secured, and thus not safe.
Data were collected in December 2017 and January 2018. Scores are based on features like capacity, type of rack, space between racks and wall, availability of cover, distance to store and ease of access. A maximum of 21 points could be scored.


Update on Taunton Station

We recently met Mark Youngman, integrated transport manager for GWR. We requested the Travel plan and station development plans. Apparently the plans haven’t been finalised yet partly because of a funding gap’. They have guaranteed funding for 150 additional cycle spaces, that must be spent by Dec 2018. They also have a community based fund that could be used to fund access improvements to the station, although the budget has been allocated up until 2019. Mark said that he would meet us again in the near future, so that we can look at station-town centre linkages, in the context of the station redevelopment, Firepool and the NIDR missing cycle link.

Next TACC meeting 7.30pm Thursday 18 January

Interested in seeing improvements for cycling in the Taunton Area? If yes, this meeting will be of great interest and you would be very welcome.

We meet in the bar area of The Crown and Sceptre (Station Road, opposite Ralph Coleman). We then go upstairs for the meeting. Issues we are addressing include planning for an improved cycle network (especially with Taunton Garden Town), Station improvements, Nexus 25 and securing funding for short term improvements.