We have written to all the declared Parliamentary candidates for Taunton Deane with a set of questions concerning various aspects of cycling in and around Taunton. In short, these questions touch a Dutch-style cycling network for Taunton, up to date design guidance for cycling infrastructure, creating high quality safe cycleways, spending to improve bus services, walking and cycling, and working with TACC.
We have made a summary of proposed policies from the candidates.
There are many people out there who would like to cycle but don’t feel confident to use the road and in their own skills. To help with this, free one to one cycling confidence sessions are available until 27 July 2019. The sessions typical take an hour and are provided by a qualified cycle instructor. They are tailored to the needs of the person taking part.
In Bristol, thousands of people have done these sessions and many now cycle to work, to shops or for other purposes. One person taking part said “I am now fully committed to cycling to work and I have enjoyed every minute so far. Thank you all!”.
Local instructor Nick Warner said “Taunton is a compact town and for many the town centre and work are only a couple of miles away, a perfect cycling distance. The cycling sessions build confidence and road awareness to make local journeys by bike”.
If you would like to take advantage of this, fill out our contact form and we will be able to arrange a time to suit. We advise you to book by 10 July 2019.
The project is being funded by ‘Big Bike Revival’, which is all about overcoming those little barriers and to help people feel more confident about cycling. Information at www.cyclinguk.org/bigbikerevival. This local project is being organised by Taunton Area Cycling Campaign.
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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.
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.
On 29 September we launched the ‘Turn the Network Blue’ campaign – calling on the local authorities to support a bid for £10m so that the cycling network can be transformed in the Taunton area. This is just what our Garden Town needs.
The response to our call to wear something blue was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was a strong demonstration of support for better cycling in the Taunton area. We made statements at Taunton Deane BC and Somerset CC on 2 October.
Thanks to people who have contacted us since the event. We really welcome people to become involved in our campaigns.