For those of you that have tried to search for the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign website using Google it will come as no surprise to you that only references to the site and not the actual site itself were found. As our supporter base grew it was becoming more and more frustrating that news items and valuable information featured on the website were not being found and viewed.
That has now all changed as we launch our new website name which is www.thetacc.org.uk A big thank you to our volunteer web master Paolo who masterminded this change.
Unfortunately our promotional material is now out of date so when handing out these items, business cards for example, please point out our new website name.
Interested in seeing improvements for cycling in the Taunton Area? If yes, this meeting will be of great interest and you would be very welcome.
We meet in the bar area of The Crown and Sceptre (Station Road, opposite Ralph Coleman). We then go upstairs for the meeting. Issues we are addressing include planning for an improved cycle network (especially with Taunton Garden Town), Station improvements, Nexus 25 and securing funding for short term improvements.
On Saturday 18 November Sustrans held their annual regional meet-up. The meeting was well attended and was a great opportunity to network with other Sustrans volunteers as well as to gather useful information. Bob Steele (Mid-Somerset co-ordinator) gave a presentation about the work of the group which was well received. There was also a presentation about the Taunton Project from Ruby Tobin.
Representatives of Sustrans, including James Cleeton, Regional Director, reminded and inspired all attendees about the core aims of Sustrans as well as issues around land and the cycle network management. A workshop covering the planning process and how to influence planning decisions was also held.
The day finished with a ride around the Taunton Foxglove Cycle Trail led by Mike Ginger of TACC.
It was a great opportunity to test the trail on another group of people and the response was very positive. Even people who have lived locally for years said that they were discovering green spaces that they didn’t know existed.
TACC have funding for the way marking and we are now seeking funding to produce a map of the route together with a sizeable print run with a launch date hopefully achievable by Spring 2018. This is supported by Visit Taunton who receive lots of requests for cycling information.
On Saturday 18th November members of TACC held another supporter recruitment day. The day exceeded all expectations and a further 89 new supporters were signed up.
Again it was great to hear from local residents, not only from those who cycle but also from non-cyclists who understand the need to encourage cycling in and around the town, who support the aims of TACC.
Our supporter base now stands at 493 supporters which is just seven short of our 500 signed up supporters by Christmas target; a big well done to all those involved!
On Thursday 9th November TACC held another supporter drive to increase numbers towards our goal of five hundred by Christmas. Despite a dull, drizzly day another 61 supporters were signed up.
It is really encouraging the way many people relate to what we are talking about, and put forward their own ideas.
Our supporter base now heads towards the four hundred mark so we still have some work to do.
To that end further drives are planned for Saturday 18th November outside Monsoon in Taunton town centre and Sunday 3rd December along the Obridge link by the bridge over the canal and French Weir.
Taunton Area Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group run by local residents with 500 members. Our aim is safer, better and more cycling in the Taunton Area. We are campaigning on a number of key areas:
integration into major new developments such as the North Taunton Development, Coal Orchard and Firepool;
improving design standards so that road and cycling infrastructure is designed in a way that it more user friendly;
seeking more investment, in the short term through Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Scheme programme. We are seeking to work with the local authorities for a major scheme funding bid, in line with Taunton Garden Town aspirations;
promotion and updating the Taunton cycling and walking map.
We believe that, if you cycle in Taunton, you help create a BETTER environment, save time by making QUICKER journeys and you will be FITTER.
Many European cities used to have a lot of people commuting by bike before the 50s/60s (Dublin here).
Then car-centric planning destroyed it.
Then some cities (Copenhagen, Amsterdam etc.) fought back.
More cities need to do the same now.