Our petition calling for proper cycle provision, as part of HE’s A358 scheme, was presented to HE in Bristol yesterday. The Regional Director, Nick Aldworth was due to receive it, but was called to Parliament to meet six South West MPs. Instead, we presented the petition to the Communications Manager Karen Duffet.
The petition has 624 signatures, but you can still sign it here : A358 Petition
The petition asks as part of Highways England’s £250-£450m scheme to upgrade the A358 for:
1. A quality cycletrack between Ilminster and Taunton;
2. Safe and attractive crossing to A358/Junction 25 at the M5-a bridge or a tunnel;
3. Confirmation that wherever the road cuts across quiet rural lanes, safe crossings will be provided.
Our suggestions are line with Highways England’s own Cycling Strategy and the Governmen’ts Cycling Strategy. Highways England have a dedicated cycle budget of at least £100m.
We were told that, among other things, the project team were looking into a separate budget they have access to, in order to make walking and cycling provision. There are likely to be follow up discussions once they announce their ‘preferred route’ and we will be demanding that this takes place.
Early 2018 the Department for Transport has ran a consultation on ways to make cycling and walking safer while supporting the government’s ambition to increase cycling and walking.
There are six topics in this review in relation to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
These topics concern the impact of road signs and infrastructure, laws and rules relating to road safety and their enforcement, training and educating road users, government policy on vehicles and equipment, and understanding and awareness of different types of road users in relation to cycle use.
The Department for Transport is urging the public to take part in a consultation on cycling and walking before the 1 June deadline.
The department’s call for evidence on cycling and walking – Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) safety review in England – and seeks views and opinions on everything from improved infrastructure to education for all road users.
Jesse Norman, the Minister responsible for the review, said: “I want us to become a nation of cyclists, and to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Our call for evidence supports an open, comprehensive and thorough review across government to encourage active travel and improve safety for all road users. We particularly want to hear from vulnerable road users, so if you have ideas for improving road safety then please let us know.”
“We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country. Already this year we have announced an investment of £100,000 each in three innovative cycle safety projects, on top of the recent £7m to improve cycle safety. This is all part of the first-ever statutory ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’.”
Campaign stall providing cycling information and advice for local residents, including Bike Week events in Taunton. Free distribution to local residents of the new Foxglove Trail leaflet produced by Taunton Area Cycling Campaign (funded by Taunton Deane BC Unparished Fund). Promotion of our proposals for the development of the future Taunton area cycle network.
Taunton Foxglove Trail Launch ride
Sunday 17 June @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Trail follows some of the towns traffic free paths and mainly quiet roads.
It is suitable for all participants, particularly families. Children under 14 must be accompanied.
Taunton Area Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group run by local residents with 500 members. Our aim is safer, better and more cycling in the Taunton Area. We are campaigning on a number of key areas:
integration into major new developments such as the North Taunton Development, Coal Orchard and Firepool;
improving design standards so that road and cycling infrastructure is designed in a way that it more user friendly;
seeking more investment, in the short term through Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Scheme programme. We are seeking to work with the local authorities for a major scheme funding bid, in line with Taunton Garden Town aspirations;
promotion and updating the Taunton cycling and walking map.
We believe that, if you cycle in Taunton, you help create a BETTER environment, save time by making QUICKER journeys and you will be FITTER.
Investing in cycling and walking is also investing in health, environment & community. If you would like to see more investment for #TauntonGardenTown sign the @tauntonareacyc1 campaign https://t.co/wml20KC6n3
The lack of gritting has also caused significant delays for public transport users & accidents throughout the County. Many pavements were treacherous making it difficult for people to safely walk/cycle. #gritting #Somerset #cuts @CBTransport @tatworth1 @tauntonareacyc1 https://t.co/6zJsEUaXK9
No child should die or be seriously injured while they walk, cycle or play.
We must return our streets to our children. They have a right to feel safe on them. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO. Global status report on road safety 2018. @MarvinJRees @AandSPCC
Do please sign this important petition and re-tweet
@SWTTaunton @SomersetWT @larkins_simon @holnicoteNT @pow_rebecca @Kit_Chapman @DJAFothergill @tauntonmayor @TAGreenParents @tdlibdems @tauntonareacyc1 https://t.co/jrojek5tQN
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