Category: Survey

What is your big safety bug?

The Department for Transport is urging the public to take part in a consultation on cycling and walking before the 1 June deadline.
The department’s call for evidence on cycling and walking – Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) safety review in England – and seeks views and opinions on everything from improved infrastructure to education for all road users.
Jesse Norman, the Minister responsible for the review,  said: “I want us to become a nation of cyclists, and to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“Our call for evidence supports an open, comprehensive and thorough review across government to encourage active travel and improve safety for all road users. We particularly want to hear from vulnerable road users, so if you have ideas for improving road safety then please let us know.”

“We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country. Already this year we have announced an investment of £100,000 each in three innovative cycle safety projects, on top of the recent £7m to improve cycle safety. This is all part of the first-ever statutory ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’.”

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What we did in 2017

TACC 2017 Report on progress

The table below summarises progress in 2017 under 10 headings.

item progress comments
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.
4. Firepool 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.
6. Hotspots
Station Road 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.
Market cobbles No progress. Injury collisions still occuring. Opportunity through public realm improvements.
J25 Bid for funding put forward by SCC. Potential HE funding. HE are funding options study. Vital link to Nexus 25.
Wellinton-Taunton link No significant progress. Needs major scheme bid. Mount Vets access has damaged existing cycle path.
Bishops Lydeard-Taunton 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.
Crescent Roundabout SCC looking at scheme to tighten up the roundabout.
Tangier Way No progress.
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.
Silk Mills No progress.
Leycroft Ave subway Resurfaced. Not machine laid.
East Reach No progress.
South Road/Shoreditch Road No progress.
Canal towpath 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 support base 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.



We need your views

Please complete our new TACC survey to tell us where you would like future cycling funds to be spent

In 2018, we plan to work with Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council on developing a new cycling network plan for the Taunton area. The government has provided funding for consultants to work with Somerset County Council officers this year to develop a long term cycling plan.

We want to contribute to this. This work will be a necessary stepping stone to applying for new funding from the Government. What would you like to see in the plan?

Please tell us by doing this short confidential survey

Call for cycle parking at Lidl, Roman Road

We are calling on Lidl to install Sheffield racks close to the entrance to the their store, so that cyclist have somewhere to secure their bikes. Lidl came bottom of our recently compiled league table of supermarkets in Taunton cycle parking at supermarkets

We have contacted Lidl twice to ask for discussions.  They have not replied, which seems highly disrespectful. Taunton has above average levels of cycling and cycle theft is a real risk. There is ample car parking and it is probably unthinkable that the store would be allowed to operate without it. Cyclists also spend money at the store, so why shouldn’t they also have some convenient provision?

A group of TACC members recently visited the store to highlight the issue.

Lidl has no cycle parking facilities.There is ample car parking but no cycling parking at Lidl's as TACC shows in survey






Aldi tops cycle parking league table

Thanks to all TACC supporters who did the supermarket cycle parking survey providing data for 11 supermarkets. The new Aldi at Bathpool just edged it on the scoring. They have provided easy to use ‘Sheffield’ type racks, properly spaced, close to the entrance. Well done to Aldi.

Aldi supermarket tops the league in cycle parking facilities
Aldi Bathpool

The survey showed that some very basic errors are being made. Lidl at Castle Street has put its racks too close to the wall, there is a kerb to go up, it is some distance from the store entrance and you have to mix it in the car park.

Tesco have provided oddly shaped racks which are more difficult to secure a bike, and they are too close to a wall.

Lidl, Castle Street, has racks too close to the wall
Lidl, Castle Street

Parking a bike at Tesco Castle Street causes difficulties with securing the bicycle
Tesco, Castle Street

Worst of all, Lidl in Halcon and Tesco Express on Priorswood Road offer absolutely no cycle parking. Taunton Deane Borough Council are supposed to be ensuring that 1 cycle parking space is provided for every 80m2 of retail space, which in the case of some recent supermarkets has not been achieved. We need to ask the question – what is going wrong?
The full league table shows the results.

Cycle parking facilities near supermarkets (2018, n=11)
Supermarket Points scored Comments
Aldi Bathpool 20 This is a new store so it may get busier.
As the newest supermarket in town seems to have done a good job.
Morrisons Riverside/Firepool 19 More capacity needed here. It would also be good to have an official cycle access point at the northern end of the car park. There is a slope and footway access that I use.
Waitrose Wellington 17 They occasionally get blocked by trolleys.
Tesco Castle St 17 It’s poorly positioned with trolley racks and no passing space for wheelchairs.
This store has two bike parking areas. The one to the right of the main entrance has no easy access or egress other than on foot. The racks Tesco uses are a poor design. Their trolley racks are much better quality!
Cycle racks crowded and inadequate jammed in near a trolley park.
Sainsbury Hankridge 15
Sainsbury Town Centre 14 Numbers of cycle racks insufficient.
Asda near Toneway 14 There’s a sign near the racks indicating cycle parking.
Co-op Welllngton Road 12
Lidl Castle St 7 There is a large step up to the cycle parking requiring dismount to access.  A cyclepath runs past this store, yet a separate cycle access has not been provided from this lane, only a pedestrian access.  The railings by the main entrance are a better facility than the racks provided which are too close to the wall.
Lidl Halcon 0 No cycle parking. It has space to provide decent bike facilities but there is nothing present for cyclists, other than the trolley barriers, which will damage bikes.
This is a fairly recent store. It appears that TDBC didn’t check that their own standards had been met.
Tesco Express Priorswood Road 0 No cycle parking. Rack is turned on its side and not secured, and thus not safe.
Data were collected in December 2017 and January 2018. Scores are based on features like capacity, type of rack, space between racks and wall, availability of cover, distance to store and ease of access. A maximum of 21 points could be scored.


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