On Taunton Farmer’s Market Day, Thursday 12th October, members of the TACC Communications Committee held another ‘sign up TACC supporters’ campaign. After a tricky start, when we were moved on from the pitch photographed above to a spot outside Monsoon which actually proved advantageous, we had a steady flow of interest throughout the day. Without exception people were very interested in TACC’s aims and were very willing to become supporters.
We also took the opportunity to raise the Firepool ‘Boulevard’ Taunton railway station to the town centre proposal which currently has no provision for cyclists and again people were very keen to express their concerns by signing the petition.
Finally a subject which concerns many cyclists who take to our busy roads – ‘did that motorist actually see me?!’ – was highlighted by giving out the hotline contact details of the Report a near miss campaign run by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Further details can be found here Cycling – Avon & Somerset Police
All in all a very successful day with over 70 new TACC supporters signed up … still some way to go before our goal of 500 supporters is reached so please explain our aims and continue to sign up new supporters whenever you can.
Please support our petition at Firepool petition.
The Firepool development is a once in a lifetime chance to provide a high quality cycle link to Taunton Town Centre from the Station, via the proposed Boulevard. However, TDBC say that cyclists will not be able to use the Boulevard, unless walking. They are proposing an alternative longer route which involves two crossings at the NIDR and which bypasses the main areas of activity (going past the car park). The photograph above (from Bristol) shows how cycling can be accommodated in the context of the Boulevard.
Station Road is one of the 15 hotspots for cyclists, from our 2016 survey. The Boulevard would enable people to avoid it, if heading to the town centre and beyond.
Providing poor quality cycling infrastructure is not consistent with the ambitions of Taunton’s Garden Town status. We ask TCBC as promoters of Firepool, to reconsider their policy for the Boulevard and design it so that it can be safely used by people walking and cycling.
TACC has submitted detailed comments on the Firepool proposal which you can see at TACC Firepool comments.
The bid is for technical support to develop the plan. This could then help to support a major bid for resources to improve the cycling and walking network and be used to influence planning decisions.
In the bid, SCC says:
SCC is being helped by the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign (TACC) to understand the current strengths and weaknesses with the cycling network. TACC has undertaken work identifying ‘hotspots’ to be addressed and is developing a ‘tube map’ style network plan. This work and the knowledge of the group will help to shape the LCWIP.
Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC
Location: Vivary Park Bandstand
A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath. Ideal for families. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.