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Petition for more funding cycling infrastructure presented

Supporters of TACC presented their petition to Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways at Somerset County Council on 10 January. The petition (both paper and online) is signed by 1800 local residents. The petition asks Somerset County Council (SCC) and Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) to prioritise and develop a major bid for Government funds for cycling infrastructure.

Presentation of TACC petition to John WoodmanPip Sheard, Chair of TACC said: “Our work shows that many people would like to cycle but safe infrastructure is needed to enable them to. More cycling will create large environmental, health and social benefits.

In their Climate Emergency Framework documents, both local Councils identify more cycling as a way to reduce local CO2 emissions from transport calculated at 50% of all Somerset West and Taunton’s emissions. Swopping the car for a bike on a local journey reduces your carbon emissions to zero.

Over the summer, TACC supporters spent a considerable amount of time working with Somerset County Council officers and cycling the town looking at current cycling routes and how they could be improved. Some of this work has been sent to the Government in a document called the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) but now the proposed improvements need funding.”

TACC asks SCC to:
1. Lobby the Government working with our MP to ask them to set up a national dedicated cycling fund as part of the Government’s developing Infrastructure Plan.
2. Ask the Government that this national cycling fund be sufficient so towns like Taunton, Bridgwater and Yeovil all have a serious chance of getting funds.
3. To support the bid for a Somerset County Council budget for cycling at the Council’s February budget meeting.
4. To write to his officers to ask them to adopt the new proposed Department for Transport Cycle Design Advice and Chapter Six of Traffic Signs Manual, which reflects some of the guidance.

Safe cycling in winter

In these dark winter days with challenging weather and road conditions it’s wise to pay attention to a few safety measures before you hit the road. In a video made by Avon and Somerset Police, TACC’s Bikeability Instructor Nick Warner gives winter cycling tips about clothing, lights, the technical condition of your bike and your position on the road. A must-watch with a good checklist.
 

More bicycle racks needed and installed at Taunton station

Great Western Railway have installed 22 new cycle spaces at Taunton station in January 2019. This is in respons to our call for additional ‘interim’ spaces in August 2018.
More cycle racks installed at Taunton railway station.
Hundreds of people arrive at Taunton railway station every weekday and many who commute to work often find that all bike racks are taken.

In total 150 new cycle spaces are proposed but the rest are part of the major scheme for the station, and the current interim provision might be moved as part of this.

Report a Near Miss

Report a near miss is an Avon and Somerset Constabulary initiative to enable the police to gather information so that they can focus their safety campaigns efficiently.

Educating drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists.
Educating drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists.

 

It also educates drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists. This follows on from the work carried out by other police forces including the West Midlands, who were the first police force to champion this, under their ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign.

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Victoria Park Summer Fair

Taunton Area Cycling Campaign will be out and about on Sunday 23rd July in Victoria Park, Taunton from 12.00 to 16.00.
We will be joining the fun at Victoria Park Summer Fair.
Want to find out more about what we do, or join up to our mailing list. Come on down.
Pick up a new cycling map of Taunton and find out the great places you can visit on your bike in and around Taunton.

The Victoria Park Summer Fair:

Featuring the Blackdown Hills Steel Band, Kingston Reptiles and the Local Flower and Produce Show – come and see the longest carrot.

FREE ENTRY – 12 noon to 4pm.

Inflatable slide, Photographic competition, Somerset Fitness Free Class, Hot Food, Cream Teas and plenty of stalls.

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