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

 MP

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.

 

 

Next TACC meeting Weds 2 May 7.30pm

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.

 

 

 

Be part of the movement

Join the TACC, we're looking for volunteers

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 contact@thetacc.org.uk

Rotary 50/50 Ride is coming on 6 May

TACC is having a stall at the Rotary Charity cycle ride this year. The date for this major fundraising Cycle Ride is set for Sunday 6 May 2018.

TACC is having a stall at the Rotary Charity cycle ride this year. The date for this major fundraising Cycle Ride is set for Sunday 6 May 2018.
This year the  regular 50/50 is a fundraising event for Taunton Communication Hub sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton looking to develop a new Community Hub in the heart of Taunton. The aim is to provide a web and social media platform for all, a Community Corp to provide an effective registration and management system of volunteers and a new open door community facility.
You can donate 50% of your sponsor money to a charity of your choice.

Options include a family friendly 4 mile walk from Richard Huish College to Cotlake Hill and back and 10 mile (16km) 15 mile (24km) 21 mile (34km) and 46 mile (74km) cycle rides. The routes are at Rotary’s website (pdf with map).
Sign up on the website using the 50/50 entry form or contact Jacky Ford on 01823 277057 or ford-jacky@sky.com

Sign our A358 call for cycle provision as part of the proposed A358 scheme

Please support our call for cycle provision as part of the A358 proposals by signing this petition Call for A358 cycle provision. Thanks also to everyone who sent comments directly to Highways England.

As part of Highways England’s £250-£450m scheme to upgrade the A358, we call for:
1. A quality cycletrack between Ilminster and Taunton
2. Safe and attractive crossing to A358/Junction 25 at the M5-a bridge or a tunnel
3. Confirmation that wherever the road cuts across quiet rural lanes, safe crossings will be provided

Why is this important?

There is substantial scope to encourage more cycling to work and for other purposes, in the Ilminster-Taunton A358 corridor. There are numerous communities close by and a major 4000 job development is planned. Taunton is a designated Garden Town which means a bigger emphasis on sustainanble travel. The road scheme is an opportunity to address this. Doing it later will be far more costly. The A358 is a terrifying road to use. Why should people have to be terrified in order to take a simple journey? Instead, a cycletrack along the A358 could become part of the National Cycle Network benefiting families and children, as well as day to day cycling.

Please support our call for cycle provision as part of the A358 proposals by signing this petition. Thanks also to everyone who sent comments directly to Highways England.

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