Category cycling

Ambitious 10-year blueprint for cycling and walking network in Somerset launched

Somerset County Council has unveiled plans for major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for Yeovil and Taunton are the first to be published – they’ll be followed by plans for Bridgwater and Frome and […]

Green light for next phase of £11.6m traffic signals recovery programme

A multi-million-pound operation to renew traffic lights and crossings across Somerset heads to Yeovil early next year. Work to replace signals in Taunton’s Rowbarton area, the first stage of a major investment in the county’s network infrastructure, completed this autumn and now the focus turns to other towns across the county. The team is currently […]

Project is a real boost for town’s economy

A vital scheme to link Taunton’s Firepool development and new station car park to the town’s road network with cycling provision has moved a step closer. Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Great Western Railway and Network Rail are working together to deliver a new junction access from Trenchard Way to the crucial […]

Rowbarton switch-on signals green light for next chapter in £11.6m programme

New traffic signals installed in Taunton’s Rowbarton area as part of a multi-million pound county-wide package are now operational. Work to carry out a major upgrade of 40-year-old signals at key junctions and pedestrian crossings commenced in the spring.The Council’s contractor Griffiths removed the old equipment and replaced it with new state-of-the-art traffic signals, including […]

Pupils rise to the latest active travel challenge

Primary schools across Bridgwater are competing to see who’s the best when it comes to getting to school on foot, bike or scooter.   The Bridgwater Schools Challenge is kicking off the next phase of Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative. The three-week inter-school event which started this week will see primary schools taking on […]

Taunton residents travel 62,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than five thousand parents, teachers, and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, travelling more than sixty-two thousand miles between them. The giant game, which has swept the streets of Taunton in the last month, is being run by Somerset County Council, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) […]

A metre and half is the safe way to pass

Overtaking too closely endangers the lives of cyclists and horse riders – that’s the key message behind a major new campaign this October, backed by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team, Avon and Somerset Police, and Taunton Area Cycle Campaign. Operation Close Pass involves taking action against motorists who endanger cyclists and horse riders by […]

Areas identified for further improvements to support Cycling and Walking in Somerset

More permanent measures are planned across Somerset to install further, more permanent schemes to cement cycling and walking habits. In a bid to secure the second tranche of funding from The Department for Transport’s £250m emergency active travel fund*, The Active Travel Group has worked together and taken onboard community feedback to identify opportunities for […]

£120k for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling

Somerset has been allocated £120,000 in emergency funding for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling. The Department for Transport has now confirmed details of the first £45m from its £250m emergency active travel fund*. The five Local Authorities in Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of […]