Taunton Area Cycling Campaign

Taunton Area Cycling Campaign formed in September 2016 with around 50 members, to promote and campaign for better recognition of cycling in Taunton and on the approaches to it (e.g. From Wellington).

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  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread


    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people

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  • Taunton 15 hotspots #1 identified in 2016 survey of cyclists

    Created by mikewg // 1 thread

    Numerous people responding to the survey experience safety issues with this location. Some comments here:
    Town centre around the monument, the cobbles are a night mare and shake you badly, I have had my bike lights shaken off before, and had to save them from being run over. You cannot cycle quickly over the cobbles.

    Taunton Town Centre - cobbles & volume of traffic

    I go through the centre of town. I have had a couple of accidents on the cobbled surface outside the market house over the years of cycling this route. Both resulted in injuries including concussion, facial injuries requiring stitching, a shoulder and hip injury which required physio and steroid injections to resolve. The second of these happened on a wet day, when I was forced to brake because a bus driver, having seen me coming, decided to pull out in front of me. He was relatively remorseful, but it was an accident that would not have happened if 1, he hadn't taken the decision that a cyclist didn't matter, and 2, the road surface was smoother as the braking action unsteadied me on a rough surface - the fall was inevitable as soon as I touched the brakes really. As a consequence, I now cycle along the back of the market house as I cannot bring myself to cycle across the cobbled road surface.

    Cobblestones around parade

    High Street; ridiculous cobbled roundabout making town centre very dangerous

    Cobbles in front of Market Hall

    Cobble stones on roundabout in centre of town feels unsafe and dangerous for cyclists.

    COBBLES on the main parade

    cobbles in town centre

    'cobbles ' Market house - dangerous surface - traffic in a hurry .

    Cobbles at Market House roundabout,

    Cobbles around Burma Memorial make it impossible to take hand off handlebars to signal and are treacherous at best of times

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