Category: Past Event

Foxglove Trail Celebration Ride

Cyclists of all ages celebrated the anniversary of the Foxglove Trail on Saturday 5 October 2019More 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.

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.

Bike Ride – Sun 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC
Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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Easy tour of Taunton’s green routes Sunday, 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC

Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Ideal for families. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

National Bike Week – 10-18th June

As part of National Bike Week TACC will be out on the parade in Taunton on Saturday 10th June to hand out the new Cycling map of Taunton. We will also be offering advice on cycling journeys you can make in and around Taunton.
National bike week 2017

If you have not already joined Taunton Area Cycling Campaign please come along and hear about how you can make a genuine difference to the promotion of cycling in the Taunton area.

National bike week 2017

Other Bike Week events in Taunton

Thursday 15th  June 6-7.30pm Free led Bike Ride organised by Cycle Somerset*
Location: The Weir Cafe, French Weir Park
A ride to explore back routes around Taunton. Lesiurely and fun. Registration essential go to returntocycling@gmail.com.http://www.cyclesomerset.org.uk.

Saturday 17th June 10-3pm Open Saturday and Bike Jumble 3-5pm organised by On Your Bike
Location: on Your Bike, Trinity Business Centre, Off South St, TA1 3BQ.
Free safety checks, advice and tips, free adjustments to brakes and gears, refreshments, ‘try it out’ with tandem, ebikes and a unicycle. Bike powered smoothies. Tombola with lots of cycling related items to be won. http://on-your-bike.org/

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC
Location: Vivary Park Bandstand
A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

All events except * are also at http://www.bigbikerevival.org.uk

Cycling election hustings 10 April 2017 – Our Verdict

What will the different political parties pledge to do to promote and encourage more cycling in the Taunton area? Do they understand what needs to be done?

We got encouraging answers to these questions at the hustings. Key points from the panellists:

  • A serious cycle network plan and funding is needed, although a start can be make using the County Councils Small Improvements Scheme budget (which most would pursue).
  • Design standards need to be improved. Most of the panellists gave examples-difficulties of crossing roundabouts and side roads, unnecessary ‘furniture’. One panellists sited an injury to themselves caused by similar furniture.
  • Most panellists don’t believe that increasing traffic capacity is the answer to congestion, and a number thought it is counter productive.

Panellists also told us about their experience of cycling locally and their favourite rides. All use cycles and their favourites rides showcased the wonderful scenery and network of quiet lanes that surrounds Taunton.

Overall we were encouraged that all the party representatives seemed to ‘get it’. However, a key message to all the parties  must be that we will judge them not on warm words and policies, but on budgets for investment and delivery on the ground.

We thank all the panellists for taking part, our excellent Chair Chris Hutchinson, the audience for taking part and asking questions and TACC members for putting the event together.

There is a good write up of the event by Amy Cole in the Somerset County Gazette: TACChustings