Please support our petition at Firepool petition.
The Firepool development is a once in a lifetime chance to provide a high quality cycle link to Taunton Town Centre from the Station, via the proposed Boulevard. However, TDBC say that cyclists will not be able to use the Boulevard, unless walking. They are proposing an alternative longer route which involves two crossings at the NIDR and which bypasses the main areas of activity (going past the car park). The photograph above (from Bristol) shows how cycling can be accommodated in the context of the Boulevard.
Station Road is one of the 15 hotspots for cyclists, from our 2016 survey. The Boulevard would enable people to avoid it, if heading to the town centre and beyond.
Providing poor quality cycling infrastructure is not consistent with the ambitions of Taunton’s Garden Town status. We ask TCBC as promoters of Firepool, to reconsider their policy for the Boulevard and design it so that it can be safely used by people walking and cycling.
TACC has submitted detailed comments on the Firepool proposal which you can see at TACC Firepool comments.
Taunton Area Cycling Campaign want to give voice to the many cyclists in the area and make the Taunton area for a haven for leisure cyclists and cycling commuters alike. We want to improve the choice of sustainable transport options including public transport, cycling and walking and make Taunton into a ‘Garden Town’.
With Taunton changing rapidly with plans for 13,000 new homes and accompanying roads under construction or planned, part of our campaign is to offer constructive alternatives to Councillors, planners and developers and make pedestrian and cyclist voices matter. By offering comments on planning applications in our local area we can really make a difference to the walking and cycling environments and infrastructure.
Have your say on the Taunton Centre Improvements to the Public Space. The public consultation ends on Monday 20th March.
Taunton Deane Borough Council is looking at ways of making Taunton town centre more user friendly; creating attractive public space and making the area better for pedestrians and cyclists. They want to create new and improved public areas that are attractive; where people can walk, shop or simply sit and rest awhile, areas with fewer vehicles, less pollution and reduced noise.
Go to www.taunton.uk.com to have your say by filling in the questionnaire or emailing. This is your chance to improve the town centre for everyone.
Artists impression from website taunton.uk.com
Please check out what TACC have written in general in support of the proposal with some suggestions.