Launched the ‘Turn the network blue’ campaign with mass launch at the Market House. Petition has 1100 supporters, 6 parish councils have written in support. Presented to Somerset County Council/Taunton Deane Borough Council (SCC/TDBC) full councils. Rebecca Pow MP is providing political support.
A358 Expressway. Petition submitted to Highways England (HE) in Bristol. HE are studying options for J25 in detail and seeking funding to study Taunton – Ilminster. Meeting has been promised.
Staplegrove (including Kingston St Mary – Town). Fruitful discussions with land promoters on various aspects. SCC have failed to provide a meeting to discuss key issues although promised twice. Have written to Cllr Woodman and action planned for 27 April 2019.
Great Western Railway (GWR) have introduced 30 additional cycle parking spaces at the station, following our campaign and discussions with them.
Articulated support for experimental closure of St James Street with impromptu flash mob in the rain. We were thanked for this. Experimental scheme expected to start in May 2019.
Supermarket parking. Put on hold due to workload but plan to present Lidl/Tesco with wooden spoon or broken pedal and Aldi with a golden pedal (or equivalent).
Station Road. Councillor Coles committed to putting forward our cycle improvement suggestions for Small Improvement Scheme funding, but didn’t. He hasn’t replied to our emails and phone messages so we don’t know what happened. However, we met Councillor Hunt, who has committed to promoting a scheme under the next round of funding.
Commented on a variety of proposals including Rowbarton gyratory.
Foxglove Trail launched in Bike week with leaflet, way marking and launch ride. Way marking is often vandalised at a limited number of locations (mainly in middle class areas).
Application for GWR funding not successful.
Application for Road Safety Trust funding successful. Project includes bikeability training, close pass hi viz materials, close pass signs and bike camera to load footage onto police website.
Funding secured for feasibility study of Wellington-Taunton cycle route and study scope agreed with Sustrans.
Took Councillor Woodman (SCC, Transport lead) on tour of cycling infrastructure and design problems.
TACC surveys/data used to input into Local cycling and walking infrastructure plan (LCWIP). Review of network session using City Science report.
Liaison group with SCC Road Safety and Police. We have been pushing for ‘close pass’ campaign but police are not supportive of free standing campaign. They ran an operation on Station Road in response to high collision rate there but only really focussed on footway cycling – a major missed opportunity. Generally disappointed with lack of progress.
Survey of students at Taunton Academy resulting in advisory 20 mph zone and other areas of collaborative work.
Meeting and support to Bishops Lydeard cycle route group.
Support and advice in setting up of Bridgwater Area Cycling Campaign.
TACC had stalls at 5 events. Supporters have grown to 700.
Approx 12 newsletters sent out and regular postings on fb/twitter.
Featured numerous times in local media and via radio interviews (BBC, Apple FM).
We are dead chuffed to have received a grant for £602 from store chain One Stop’s Carriers for Causes fund. This has significantly increased our campaigning capacity.
Pip Sheard, TACC member, said: “TACC is extremely busy promoting cycling and we have to raise all our own funds. It is great to receive funds and support from the One Stop Shop group raised by their sale of plastic bags.”
The table below summarises progress in 2017 under 10 headings.
1 Taunton cycle and walking map
Updated and published.
In conjunction with Sustrans, TDBC financial support. Strong demand. Promoted at TACC stalls especially in town centre.
2. Major Scheme Bid for major network improvements (over £5m)
SCC have agreed to work with TACC on this. SCC have won funding to start technical work on local cycle and walking improvement plan.
Awaiting growth fund allocations to the LEP.
3. Staplegrove Urban extension
Statements at two planning meetings and meeting with developers. Commitment to ongoing engagement.
Petition for change of policy on no cycling on the Boulevard got 540 signatures. Resulted in change of policy.
Needs agreement of many details including demarkation of the cycle provision.
5. Coal Orchard
Direct engagement with TACC on details of NCN and other design aspects, following on from TACC’s reps at planning committee.
Going forward as SIS bid following TACC representations. Promoted by Cllr Coles and supported by Cllr Hunt.
SCC have collision reduction proposals for station acces.
TACC site visit. Six members compiled a table of suggested improvements. We met councillors on site to explain our ideas.
Injury collisions still occuring. Opportunity through public realm improvements.
Bid for funding put forward by SCC. Potential HE funding. HE are funding options study.
Vital link to Nexus 25.
No significant progress.
Needs major scheme bid. Mount Vets access has damaged existing cycle path.
Parish council cycling group still considering if to consult land owners.
Needs major scheme bid.
Compass Hill Gyratory
SCC are looking for ideas.
Still waiting promised 1:500 plan from SCC.
SCC looking at scheme to tighten up the roundabout.
Obridge viaduct and low level route
Scheme put forward for SIS funding following TACC representations.
To include link from Wickes cycle path, more effective signing and lining.
Leycroft Ave subway
Not machine laid.
South Road/Shoreditch Road
Improvements proposed as part of TDBC public realm consultation and as part of Firepool.
Creech Castle junction
Improved at grade crossings proposed including single stage crossing of Toneway.
SCC hosted design workshop where TACC’s ideas were examined.
6. Grow TACC membership supportbase to 500
490 supporters mid Nov 2017.
TACC have run 6 successful stalls.
7. TACC Website
Website created. Further work needed to change domain name and get file hosting to ensure higher prominence on Google.
8. Bike Week
Bike Revival Funding secured and first led ride of proposed ‘Foxglove Cycle Trail’. First successful town centre events with newly printed cycle maps
9. Building group publicity and information resources
TACC business cards, 2 banners, key rings and poster designed and produced. 15 hotspots and 50 issues maps and survey report.
Produced and presented to Taunton Deane and Somerset County Councils. TACC polo shirts produced.
Established recognition from the local authorities.
10a Political engagement
Taunton Deane Council
TACC statement and map presented to Taunton Deane with survey report. Statement to Taunton on Firepool. Statement to Taunton Planning Committee on Firepool, Coal Orchard and Staplegrove.
Distribution to Councillors and officers Making Space for Cycling report.
10b Political engagement
Somerset County Council
TACC statement and map presented to Somerset County Council with survey report. Meeting with Councillor David Fothergill and Councillor Roger Habgood. Regular meetings with David Mitchell and other Highway officers. Liaison with Councillors Hunt, Coles and Willliams on SIS schemes.
Distribution to Councillors and officers Making Space for Cycling report.
10c Political engagement
Meeting with Rebecca Pow MP April 2018 to discuss A358, cycle network development and design issues.
Develop quality network tube map
Draft map produced and used at various meetings with councils etc.
Our next meeting will be at the Crown and Sceptre on Station Road. Our supporters are invited to come along and help us with putting the case for more and safe cycling. We are a friendly group and you will be very welcome.
We will be holding our AGM in the first 20 minutes of the meeting.
We are looking for new members of our ‘core group’ to help bolster our campaign for better and more cycling in Taunton. We are a friendly and enthusiastic group and we have built good (and challenging) relationships with the local authorities. By getting involved, there is an opportunity to make a difference using your own skills.
We have around 20 Core Supporters working on current campaign issues and looking at future local developments but we need more helpers to ease the pressure.
There are three groups: Infrastructure, which looks at current plans and presents our views in emails and at Council meetings. Communications, involved in increasing the supporter numbers, funding and stalls to promote our group. Police Liaison, which deals with issues like near misses, badly parked vehicles and legal issues.
They are lots of ways you can help:
Join one of the Core groups – you do not have to attend all meetings.
Show your support at Council planning meetings where TACC is representing local cyclists.
Help at one of our supporter recruitment stalls.
We need help with graphics
We need help with putting news and articles onto our website
We need help with writing letters/emails
If you are interested, we would love to have an informal chat over a cuppa. There is no commitment! We can explain how the group works and how you might get involved. Simply email us and we will get back to you firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal of signing 500 supporters by Christmas has been achieved with a few weeks to spare; our supporter base now totals 504!
Needless to say the more supporters we sign up the more chance we have, hopefully, of achieving our aims of Better – for the environment and the Garden Town of Taunton and surrounding area, Quicker – door to door and no need to find a parking space and Fitter – feel fitter and healthier so work will continue to expand our supporter base.
For those of you that have tried to search for the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign website using Google it will come as no surprise to you that only references to the site and not the actual site itself were found. As our supporter base grew it was becoming more and more frustrating that news items and valuable information featured on the website were not being found and viewed.
That has now all changed as we launch our new website name which is www.thetacc.org.uk A big thank you to our volunteer web master Paolo who masterminded this change.
Unfortunately our promotional material is now out of date so when handing out these items, business cards for example, please point out our new website name.
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.
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TACC will be outside Monsoon, North St, Sat 20 July. There will be a Dr Bike 11-3pm. If you would like to book a 15 min slot, email email@example.com with your name, contact number and approx preferred time. The Dr Bike is part of Big Bike Revival
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