Category: Cycling Policy

Taunton’s Transport Plan-Making sure that cycling is a priority

Taunton’s new Transport Plan

This is an opportunity to show that cycling isn’t a peripheral issue but a part of the
solution to Taunton’s transport issues. We need to show support for the active
travel ideas in the plan, and push the local authorities still further. Please respond
to the on line consultation here by Friday 3 August.

Large sums have recently been committed to road schemes locally. The NIDR,
proposed Toneway scheme and the junction 25 proposal together amount to
approximately £40m. The A358 upgade will cost £250-400m. So what is the
budget for cycling/walking? Nothing. Time to change the balance by asking say for
£5-10m investment in walking and cycling, as a ‘major scheme’ bid.

Tell the local authorities that cycling is important via this link.

Petition about A358 scheme presented to Highways England

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.

Petition presented to Highways England

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.

Response to the Government’s Cycle Safety Review

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.

Consultation on safety

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 TACC has responded to each of these six topics comprehensively. Read our response »

What is your big safety bug?

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’.”

To respond, go to www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CWIS-SAFETY/

To find out more seewww.gov.uk/government/consultations/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy-cwis-safety-review

TACC presents its A358 Call for Cycling provision petition to Rebecca Pow MP

On Friday 20th April, members of TACC met Rebecca Pow MP at her office to ask her to present its on line petition to the Secretary of State for Transport and Highways England. She agreed that she will pass on our A358 call to the Secretary of State and also write to the Regional Director of Highways England in support, and also to Somerset County Council regarding Junction 25.

 

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

(The key on all the option maps in the Highways England public consultation document uses the words ‘Possible’ local road crossings).

The petition currently has 562 signatures and can be found on the homepage of the TACC website at www.thetacc.org.uk or at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/provide-a-cyclepath-with-the-a358-upgrading

 Pip Sheard Spokesperson for TACC says: “The A358 is a terrifying road to use. Why should people have to be terrified in order to take a simple cycle  journey? Instead, a cycletrack along the A358 could become part of the National Cycle Network benefiting families and children, as well as day to day cycling.We are very pleased to have Rebecca Pow’s support for our petition.”

Rebecca Pow says: “I am very keen to encourage more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes, but this is only realistically possible if the right cycle network is provided. There is a great opportunity to improve cycle connectivity from Taunton heading East as Junction 25 is improved and the new route for the A358 is planned. I would urge Highways England and Somerset County Council to ensure they make well designed provision for cycling. There are many people in Taunton Deane calling for this to be addressed and I fully support them. I like to get out on my bike myself, but I know how dangerous this can be if the correct infrastructure is not available.”

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