Category Archives: transport

Bike Ride Around Taunton – Sun 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC

Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Email if you intend to come.

Taunton Area Cycling Campaign – Sat 26th Nov – 9.15

Please come to the Market House next Saturday (26 Nov) 9.15am-10am to our media photo event to launch TACC – Taunton Area Cycling Campaign.

TACC aims to highlight issues for cyclists in and around the Taunton Area after great feedback from the latest cycling survey.  On Saturday we are highlighting the top 15 cycling hotspots that the survey identified including the cobbled road around the market house.  Others include Station Road, East Reach, all major routes into Taunton ie A38 Wellington to Taunton.

TACC want to make Taunton and indeed the surrounding areas cycle friendly; we want to improve safety, and promote better road design, to make a better Taunton.



Taunton has nearly 10% of people riding to work -imagine the impact on traffic and congestion if these people drove to work instead. And now imagine the impact if this level of cycling could be doubled. Makes you think!
So whether you are a cyclist commuter, a leisure cyclist or someone who would like to cycle but is put off by the roads please come along and join us.
Place: Market House – Centre of Taunton
Date: 26th November
Time: 9.15-10.00
Bring your bike (if you have one) and show Taunton what it like to have happy, joyful cyclists (and soon-to-be cyclists).

A Car Club for Taunton



Co-cars is about to extend into Taunton – part of a project with GWR to add car club cars at some of the main train stations in the SW. As Co-cars is a coop, they are very keen to actively engage with interested people in Taunton and give them the opportunity for greater involvement. Co-cars is an existing co-op (centred on Exeter, but offering cars from Salisbury to Barnstaple)( . Car clubs allow easy access to the use of a car without the hassle and cost of owning one. If you own a car and do less than 5000 miles a year, it is worth considering,

Find out more on Friday 1st July 1 til 3pm –  Co-Cars and Go-op  Somerset Co-operative Hub, 10 East Reach, Taunton TA1 3EW or email


Taunton Cyclists-have your say

A new simple survey has been launched to find out how cyclists and would be cyclists rate cycling in the town. Taunton has the basis of a cycling network now but there are gaps and some difficult sections of road and junctions. An aim is to establish what the priorities for cycling are, which would help in future funding bids by the local authorities.

Mike Ginger of Transition Taunton, who have prepared the survey said “Taunton is an ideal size for cycling and walking, and more cycling could help ease congestion and environmental problems. Many people already cycle with around 3000 trips to work each day. It is vital that the new proposed developments provide good walking and cycling access to the town centre and other services.” A further aim of the survey is to establish if there is interest in forming a cycling group in Taunton to promote day to day cycling.

Please take part in the survey

The survey is at

Campaign for Better Transport – Sat 14th Nov

Campaign for Better Transport, a national transport charity set up to promote sustainable transport, will be launching a new South West group on Saturday, 14 November, 10:30am – 4:30pm at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY.
They hope the Mayor of Bristol will say a few words of welcome and then we’ll hear from two speakers: Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at University of the West of England, and Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive officer, Campaign for Better Transport, before lunch and workshops.

Our vision is a country where communities have affordable transport that improves quality of life and protects the environment

For 40 years, working with hundreds of thousands of inspiring people, Campaign for Better Transport has fought for better public transport, walking and cycling, for the sake of communities and the environment.

An independent charity, we work by providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems, pressuring national and local government to adopt them, and empowering ordinary people up and down the country.   From Campaign for Better Transport website.

The event is free to attend, including lunch.
Attached is a poster if you wish to advertise further..
What’s your beef with transport in the South West?  Join the new transport group being launched on Saturday, 14 November in Bristol – FREE event including lunch.  Register now

Crowd-Fund a Cycle Path

bishops-lydeard-cycleQuantock Eco want you to help them fund a new cycle path from Bishops Lydeard to Taunton.

They are inviting everyone along to a public meeting on Saturday, April 13th at Bishops Lydeard Village Hall from 9.30am.

They need to raise about £7,500 to pay for the study into the proposed cycle route and they have already secured about £4,000, half of which has come via our local County Councillor’s Health and Wellbeing Fund.

They are inviting our MP (who has accepted our invitation), County Councillors, District Councillors and Parish Councillors from the parishes of Bishops Lydeard, Cotford St Luke and Norton Fitzwarren. We are also hoping to welcome lots of local supporters of the project.

The event will open at 9.30am for teas/coffees and perusal of relevant material about Quantock Eco and the proposed cycle path. At 10.30am they will commence a series of presentations to explore the benefits, problems and likely expenses of the whole project if we are able to proceed.

If you want to find out more about the plans and how you can donate to make it happen please download it here….

Pedal-Powered Cinema

Join Somerset’s first free pedal-powered cinema screening

Cycle Powered Cinema Event
Photo: mike ambs (Flickr Creative Commons)


On Friday 19th August*, community cycling forum Cycling Somerset will be hosting Taunton’s first ever bicycle-powered cinema screening.

Once darkness falls, members of the audience can take turns to pedal 12 bicycles to power the 8’ by 12’ screen, or simply relax with picnics and ice creams.

The screening is completely free – just meet at Vivary Park bandstand with your bicycle, something to sit on and refreshments of your choice at 8pm. There will then be a short guided cycle ride to the cinema location.

Until Monday 8th August, you can also vote for the film you would most like to see by visiting the Cycling Somerset Facebook group on Help them to  choose from one of these fantastic film favourites:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Back to the Future
  • ET
  • Toy Story 3
  • Time Bandits
  • Austin Powers
  • Terminator 2

More information is available on the Facebook link above, or by contacting Hannah on or 07824 460576.

Anyone considering bringing young children should check the final choice of film after 8th August to make sure it is suitable for them.

*Please note that the screening will be outdoors. If it rains heavily, we will either postpone the screening to Saturday 20th August, or cancel completely. Please check in advance.

Taunton Car Club News

The new car for Taunton Car Club will arrive next week. A Toyota Yaris 5 door hatchback will based at Taunton Deane Borough Council car park and will be available for bookings from week commencing Monday 8th November.
To join up and start using the car, please email to request a membership form or download the form from the website.
Co-Cars is a not for profit co-operative enterprise based in the South West aiming to bring pay-as-you-go cars to towns and villages alike.  If you would like this scheme to come to your town or village please email to register your interest.  The more enquiries, the more chance for  Co-cars to come to your area.

Taunton Car Club

Co-cars is a successful car club that runs 7 cars in Exeter, Topsham and coming soon to Taunton, are now interested in expanding its services to the Blackdowns Hills area of East Devon and Somerset. From Wellington to Sidmouth and Woodbury to Axminster and all towns in between!

Car Clubs offer ‘pay as you’ go motoring with access to hatchback and estate cars available 24/7 via online booking with their own dedicated parking space. The car is maintained and fuelled by us, all you do is book it and use it and pay 23p a mile and £3.95 per hour, with the first 10 miles free. They cover purchase, servicing, insurance, tax and all fuel costs etc.

They would be keen to hear from any person, group or business that would be interested in a car club in this area in the next few weeks up until mid November, and would be happy to come and meet, do a talk or help you promote the idea to others.
They are a 5 year old not for profit co-operative company based in Exeter, which aims to encourage sustainable transport, access to mobility, help people reduce there car costs and carbon emissions. Their satisfied customers range from many private households to small businesses and large organisations.

More details of how the car club operates can be found on our website: This website will be updated with Taunton car club details in the next few weeks.

If you are interested, please let Co-Cars know by replying to the email address or telephone number below.

Alternatively, if you know anyone who may also be interested in Co-Cars in their area, please forward this info.  You may have some contacts or ideas for publicising the car club, in which case please let us know. If you are interested in the car club but are outside the Blackdowns area please do get in contact anyway. And please contact them if you are interested in cutting your carbon emissions in the Taunton area. The more interest raised will increase the likelihood of more car club cars.

Co-cars: the co-operative car club

a not for profit social enterprise

0845 345 2544