Campaign Bike Week information stall
Saturday 9 June @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free – outside Monsoon, Taunton Town Centre
Campaign stall providing cycling information and advice for local residents, including Bike Week events in Taunton. Free distribution to local residents of the new Foxglove Trail leaflet produced by Taunton Area Cycling Campaign (funded by Taunton Deane BC Unparished Fund). Promotion of our proposals for the development of the future Taunton area cycle network.
On Friday 20th April, members of TACC met Rebecca Pow MP at her office to ask her to present its on line petition to the Secretary of State for Transport and Highways England. She agreed that she will pass on our A358 call to the Secretary of State and also write to the Regional Director of Highways England in support, and also to Somerset County Council regarding Junction 25.
The petition asks as part of Highways England’s £250-£450m scheme to upgrade the A358 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
(The key on all the option maps in the Highways England public consultation document uses the words ‘Possible’ local road crossings).
The petition currently has 562 signatures and can be found on the homepage of the TACC website at www.thetacc.org.uk or at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/provide-a-cyclepath-with-the-a358-upgrading
Pip Sheard Spokesperson for TACC says: “The A358 is a terrifying road to use. Why should people have to be terrified in order to take a simple cycle 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.We are very pleased to have Rebecca Pow’s support for our petition.”
Rebecca Pow says: “I am very keen to encourage more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes, but this is only realistically possible if the right cycle network is provided. There is a great opportunity to improve cycle connectivity from Taunton heading East as Junction 25 is improved and the new route for the A358 is planned. I would urge Highways England and Somerset County Council to ensure they make well designed provision for cycling. There are many people in Taunton Deane calling for this to be addressed and I fully support them. I like to get out on my bike myself, but I know how dangerous this can be if the correct infrastructure is not available.”
TACC 2017 Report on progress
The table below summarises progress in 2017 under 10 headings.
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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 email@example.com