Category: Safety / Health

Safe Cycling in Winter

In these dark winter days with challenging weather and road conditions it’s wise to pay attention to a few safety measures before you hit the road. In a video made by Avon and Somerset Police, TACC’s Bikeability Instructor Nick Warner gives winter cycling tips about clothing, lights, the technical condition of your bike and your position on the road. A must-watch with a good checklist.
 

Getting the ‘safe pass’ message out

As part of our campaign to pass safely, we have been getting the ‘safe pass’ message out with our vests and back pack covers during the summer months. Users of these hi-viz vests and covers have answered a short survey about their experience.

  • All but one of the 43 respondents found the vests/covers to be significantly or slightly positive in terms of influencing driver behaviour (60% significantly positively);
  • All users felt safer, of whom: 21% a lot, 60% moderately and 19% a little;
  • A very large majority of 90% would recommend the vests/covers to other cyclists.
Our safe pass vest

Getting the safe pass message out with our vests and back pack covers


Road Safety Fund for a successful campaign

TACC successfully applied for a grant from the Road Safety Fund for a campaign to increase awareness of safe passing and improve local cyclists’ confidence on roads. Mike Ginger explains how TACC used the money.
 

Close Pass!

You can report any close passes on the special website  about near misses.

We know that most drivers are considerate of other road users, and that cycling is much safer than many people think. However sometimes a driver will pass us much closer than is ideal or safe.

Avon and Somerset Police would like to know about these incidents so they can educate and plan enforcement activity.

You can report any close passes on a special web page of Avon and Somerset Police.

Read more about Near Misses and how to avoid them.

Want the confidence to cycle? Help is on hand

Want the confidence to cycle?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.

Boost your health, save money, cut your carbon footprint and have fun!

Report a Near Miss

Report a near miss is an Avon and Somerset Constabulary initiative to enable the police to gather information so that they can focus their safety campaigns efficiently.

Educating drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists.
Educating drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists.

 

It also educates drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists. This follows on from the work carried out by other police forces including the West Midlands, who were the first police force to champion this, under their ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign.

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