TACC has been asking the leader of Somerset County Council to introduce space for walking and cycling to enable social distancing. We particularly suggested that they consider these routes:
- Fore Street and East Reach. East Street has been closed to motor traffic previously. The pavements are of variable width and, even with reduced numbers of shoppers, social distancing is not always possible.
- A38 Wellington Road from the Bishop’s Hull roundabout to County Hall. Again this is a major route into the town with three lanes.
- Cheddon Road and Station Road. This is another normally busy and uncomfortable cycle and walking route that is now relatively quiet.
Somerset County Council has responded to TACC’s request.
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Thanks to Magic Little Grants, TACC can now offer more one to one confidence sessions. They are aimed at people who want to build confidence and skills in doing say to day bike journeys. They are provided by our qualified cycle training instructor, Nick Warner, and typically are 1 to 2 hours.
This is what one person said: “Nick who carried out the session is an experienced cyclist and he tailored the session to meet my specific needs. It was carried out in Taunton for 90 minutes and I now feel much more confident around bike safety and care, and also being safe on the roads. I would highly recommend this session to those who can already ride but lack the confidence to ride on the roads.”
If you would like to take advantage, please email us.
As part of our campaign to pass safely, we have been getting the ‘safe pass’ message out with our vests and back pack covers during the summer months. Users of these hi-viz vests and covers have answered a short survey about their experience.
- All but one of the 43 respondents found the vests/covers to be significantly or slightly positive in terms of influencing driver behaviour (60% significantly positively);
- All users felt safer, of whom: 21% a lot, 60% moderately and 19% a little;
- A very large majority of 90% would recommend the vests/covers to other cyclists.
Road Safety Fund for a successful campaign
TACC successfully applied for a grant from the Road Safety Fund for a campaign to increase awareness of safe passing and improve local cyclists’ confidence on roads. Mike Ginger explains how TACC used the money.
TACC has taken an important step towards joining up the fragmented network of cycle routes in and around Taunton – Turning the Cycle Network Blue!
In 2017 the Department for Transport published guidance for local authorities to produce local plans for improved cycling and walking infrastructure. To complete this work in Taunton the most important routes needed to be audited and reported on in detail.
TACC volunteers spent lots of their time in the summer months completing 40 of these audits, identifying some excellent routes and infrastructure along with significant gaps where work is urgently needed to make cycling direct, safe and comfortable for everyone.
This work has recently been presented to an officer of Somerset County Council to support their work in improving transport in and around Taunton, and will be submitted to the Department for Transport in late November 2019. There are high hopes that the plan will attract national and local funding.
More than thirty cyclists of all ages met at the bandstand in Vivary Park to celebrate the anniversary of the Foxglove Trail on Saturday 5 October 2019.
The group made its way around the 11 miles of the trail circling Taunton town centre on a mixture of shared paths and dedicated cycle trails, and found time to get to know each other.
Thanks to the ride leaders who helped a varied and large group stay safe and cause as little disruption to other trail users as possible.