Bridgwater cyclists to light the streets with neon colours

This is The West Country: Patrick Williams, Sim Benson, Flo Marshall and Chris Hutchinson show off how bright everyone will look at the Neon Bike Ride. Patrick Williams, Sim Benson, Flo Marshall and Chris Hutchinson show off how bright everyone will look at the Neon Bike Ride.

THE streets of Bridgwater will be neon-lit by cyclists as they ride through the town this month.

The Neon Bike Ride will see 50 people cycle through residential and commuter routes through the down while wearing bright reflective clothing.

Cyclists will also be painting themselves in neon face paint and attaching glow sticks on their bikes and covering the bikes with lights.

The ride is being run by the Bridgwater Way, a £4 million project to provide better walking and cycling routes for the area, and they are looking for cyclists for the ride.

With only 50 places available, people need to sign up now to take part, although you can always cheer on the cyclists at the start and finish point at Blake Statue.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is a fun and exciting way to show how being well lit, well trained and cycling in groups can significantly increase safety.

“Group cycling is fun and healthy and The Bridgwater Way is helping people get back into the spirit of cycling and being active through a variety of interventions.”

The route starts at Blake Statue, goes around Showground Roundabout, up through Hamp, up by the Clink and back to the Blake Statue.

The ride takes place on March 28 from 6pm to 7pm.

To take part in the event, sign up at thebridgwaterway.co.uk/event/neon-bike-ride Riders will need to be at least 18 years old with experience of cycling in a group environment, being both competent and confident cycling close together in the dark.

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9:26am Tue 18 Mar 14

mikeymike says...

Lets hope they stick to the highway code and don't act like a lot of cyclists do!
Lets hope they stick to the highway code and don't act like a lot of cyclists do! mikeymike
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10:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

It was reported recently, that SCC thro a Freedom of Information enquiry, had spent less on Cycling Infrastructure than any of the Surrounding Authorities, despite being Awarded £4 Million from Sustrains for " Cycling improvements.
This latest News Report, of A Cycle Ride with " Neon Lights " is just another waste of Time Money, and Resources.
Spend the £4million, put cycle Paths on Broadway Bridgwater, on the entire length of the Duel Carriage way, in addition put a designated Cycle way over Westonzoyland rd Railway bridge So cyclist are safe, in cycling into Town from 3 housing Estates to the East Bridgwater., no that means spending some of the £ 4 million in Bridgwater, when I as a former Cllr was involved in Highway matters, it was accepted that we ,in Bridgwater had a higher proportion of cyclists, than any other Town in Somerset. surely, one would therefore expect us in Bridgwater to get the most Benefit from some of this Funding, as a cynic, I will tell you now , Who Will Get the Most Spent in their Districts, County Town Taunton and The Second Town of Yeovil, as they are thought of more by SCC, than us in Bridgwater, just look @ the lack of General Highway / Repair Spend annually, supposed to be 17% of the Annual Budget from Central Government, as Taunton. Just go and see their nicely Coated Tarmac Roads, as against our "Potholed " unsafe highways in and around Bridgwater.
With the Exception of the newly laid Cranleigh Grd's, which only took 14 months to get relaid, despite January 2013 I was promised it would be done as a priority, funny it is now down at the end of the 2013-14 Budget Monies, as they obviously had no more Projects to spend the Money on @ County Hall.
New Budget due in April, Answers on A Postcard as to what we get next !!!!
Oh, of course they have to re lay the New Cycle Route Down West Quay Smedley Way, as it is in conflict with those al-Fresco Users of the Fountain Inn, and the Greek Restaurant, whose patrons are in the way of the Precious Cyclists, going down West Quay. Towards the New Wooden Gate, £16.000 which Oops !! Can not be Closed, another Cllr ( Brian )Smedley and SCC Cllr Siggs ( Harvey).
Still very soon Bridgwater will be A No Go Zone for Cars, especially if The Eastover Project, is not Challenged by Bridgwater Residents, or Cllr Smedley will be able to claim that " It Was He That Did It " What you Ask ????
Ruin any Possibility of Eastover Becoming A Viable Shopping Area !!!!! With his visions of Traffic Free Zone, precinct !!!!
One Question, I put to him and no doubt the Bridgwater Forward Group ????
Just who is going to Finance the Regeneration of Eastover ???????
My estimate is £30- 50 Million needed, almost all the Properties are in Private Ownership, so therefore, where is the Compulsory Purchase Money coming from, not Central Government, there's no money there after the Blair / Brown Stewardship, of Labours Reign in Downing St.
The Hospital Site, which has part listed buildings status, will almost certainly go for Housing, or Nursing Home.even, Town Centre Location.
We already have the "RopeWalk Vision" some 20 years ago which to most residents was a complete waste of Money !!! Achieved little if anything, did not link the two areas, as was supposed to be the Idea, !!!
Now we have the" Something Mile " Eastover, , complete with Vision ,design Statements, traffic free zones, cycle ways, etc, moving a perfectly good Bus / Coach Station, to another Location the otherside of Asda....Why !!!! Oh yes, nearly forgot a " Metal Archway @ the Monmouth St Junction with Eastover.
Spend our money on the TOWN hall refurbishment! internally! as you will not be able to use the NEW College facility on College Way, for Carnival, Operatic, Shows, as their Curriculum will make sure there will be no ,or little shared access, as the Previous head Fiona, stated before her retirement, some years ago.......
£40.000 of Bridgwater Town Council Civic Enhancement Fund, so 16k spent what is the other £24 thousand for.
I Post this for Two reasons, to enlighten the readership, to cause debate, and of course to give ammunition to my fellow Posters, who without my imput, would have no one to vent their feelings at. Cheeeeeeeers
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
It was reported recently, that SCC thro a Freedom of Information enquiry, had spent less on Cycling Infrastructure than any of the Surrounding Authorities, despite being Awarded £4 Million from Sustrains for " Cycling improvements. This latest News Report, of A Cycle Ride with " Neon Lights " is just another waste of Time Money, and Resources. Spend the £4million, put cycle Paths on Broadway Bridgwater, on the entire length of the Duel Carriage way, in addition put a designated Cycle way over Westonzoyland rd Railway bridge So cyclist are safe, in cycling into Town from 3 housing Estates to the East Bridgwater., no that means spending some of the £ 4 million in Bridgwater, when I as a former Cllr was involved in Highway matters, it was accepted that we ,in Bridgwater had a higher proportion of cyclists, than any other Town in Somerset. surely, one would therefore expect us in Bridgwater to get the most Benefit from some of this Funding, as a cynic, I will tell you now , Who Will Get the Most Spent in their Districts, County Town Taunton and The Second Town of Yeovil, as they are thought of more by SCC, than us in Bridgwater, just look @ the lack of General Highway / Repair Spend annually, supposed to be 17% of the Annual Budget from Central Government, as Taunton. Just go and see their nicely Coated Tarmac Roads, as against our "Potholed " unsafe highways in and around Bridgwater. With the Exception of the newly laid Cranleigh Grd's, which only took 14 months to get relaid, despite January 2013 I was promised it would be done as a priority, funny it is now down at the end of the 2013-14 Budget Monies, as they obviously had no more Projects to spend the Money on @ County Hall. New Budget due in April, Answers on A Postcard as to what we get next !!!! Oh, of course they have to re lay the New Cycle Route Down West Quay Smedley Way, as it is in conflict with those al-Fresco Users of the Fountain Inn, and the Greek Restaurant, whose patrons are in the way of the Precious Cyclists, going down West Quay. Towards the New Wooden Gate, £16.000 which Oops !! Can not be Closed, another Cllr ( Brian )Smedley and SCC Cllr Siggs ( Harvey). Still very soon Bridgwater will be A No Go Zone for Cars, especially if The Eastover Project, is not Challenged by Bridgwater Residents, or Cllr Smedley will be able to claim that " It Was He That Did It " What you Ask ???? Ruin any Possibility of Eastover Becoming A Viable Shopping Area !!!!! With his visions of Traffic Free Zone, precinct !!!! One Question, I put to him and no doubt the Bridgwater Forward Group ???? Just who is going to Finance the Regeneration of Eastover ??????? My estimate is £30- 50 Million needed, almost all the Properties are in Private Ownership, so therefore, where is the Compulsory Purchase Money coming from, not Central Government, there's no money there after the Blair / Brown Stewardship, of Labours Reign in Downing St. The Hospital Site, which has part listed buildings status, will almost certainly go for Housing, or Nursing Home.even, Town Centre Location. We already have the "RopeWalk Vision" some 20 years ago which to most residents was a complete waste of Money !!! Achieved little if anything, did not link the two areas, as was supposed to be the Idea, !!! Now we have the" Something Mile " Eastover, , complete with Vision ,design Statements, traffic free zones, cycle ways, etc, moving a perfectly good Bus / Coach Station, to another Location the otherside of Asda....Why !!!! Oh yes, nearly forgot a " Metal Archway @ the Monmouth St Junction with Eastover. Spend our money on the TOWN hall refurbishment! internally! as you will not be able to use the NEW College facility on College Way, for Carnival, Operatic, Shows, as their Curriculum will make sure there will be no ,or little shared access, as the Previous head Fiona, stated before her retirement, some years ago....... £40.000 of Bridgwater Town Council Civic Enhancement Fund, so 16k spent what is the other £24 thousand for. I Post this for Two reasons, to enlighten the readership, to cause debate, and of course to give ammunition to my fellow Posters, who without my imput, would have no one to vent their feelings at. Cheeeeeeeers David L Preece Blue- Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -9

6:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Owl,

I'm not going to comment on this entire diatribe but will just ask one legitimate question. On what basis did you arrive at the following statement?

"it was accepted that we in Bridgwater had a higher proportion of cyclists than any other town in Somerset"
Owl, I'm not going to comment on this entire diatribe but will just ask one legitimate question. On what basis did you arrive at the following statement? "it was accepted that we in Bridgwater had a higher proportion of cyclists than any other town in Somerset" freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 7

3:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Oh dear Owlie you do get yourself in a pickle about things all that was missing from your overlong diatribe was your usual bash at the Environment Agency you are letting your standrards slip. The problem is old chap that you very rarely research the subject matter before holding forth. The Bridgwater Way Cycling Project was site specifie ie to develop a route betyween Bridgwater and North Petherton whilst at the same time encouraging more people to get off their backsides and out of their cars and actually start cycling. I know you would find this concept difficult to understand but actually its a win win situation in that the more people who get out of cars the more space there is on the roads for car loving petrol heads like you simple really.
Oh dear Owlie you do get yourself in a pickle about things all that was missing from your overlong diatribe was your usual bash at the Environment Agency you are letting your standrards slip. The problem is old chap that you very rarely research the subject matter before holding forth. The Bridgwater Way Cycling Project was site specifie ie to develop a route betyween Bridgwater and North Petherton whilst at the same time encouraging more people to get off their backsides and out of their cars and actually start cycling. I know you would find this concept difficult to understand but actually its a win win situation in that the more people who get out of cars the more space there is on the roads for car loving petrol heads like you simple really. Bridgy old Boy
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

artful280 says...

Anything to get them off cycling on the pavement and being a total hazard. Cant count the number of times been sworn at walking down Bristol road with a pushchair picking up my boy from nursery at Express park by ignorant cyclist that think all pavements are cycle paths.
Anything to get them off cycling on the pavement and being a total hazard. Cant count the number of times been sworn at walking down Bristol road with a pushchair picking up my boy from nursery at Express park by ignorant cyclist that think all pavements are cycle paths. artful280
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Thu 20 Mar 14

BaldCarl2 says...

Can think of much better things to spend 4 million pounds of tax payers money on but I suppose that is how councillors get their kicks - by spending other people's money on their own pipe dreams.
Can think of much better things to spend 4 million pounds of tax payers money on but I suppose that is how councillors get their kicks - by spending other people's money on their own pipe dreams. BaldCarl2
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Sun 23 Mar 14

twinkles says...

In response to artful above - A38 Bristol Road in Bridgwater is one of the accident blackspots. It's HORRENDOUS for cyclists - cars, trucks and busses pass at close proximity approaching 50mph before even the 40mph limit posted by Express Park.

I think if you asked the cyclists what they would rather do, they'd be on a cycle path, but the bottom line is that there are thousands of workers using that piece of road, and NO provision for cycling whatsoever.

"The Bridgwater Way" are not even slightly interested in this, neither are the local council. In fact, the only people who care seem to be you and I.

So, I ask you to complain. Make as much noise as you can, to Express Park, Bridgwater Town Council, "The Bridgwater Way", Somerset County Council, Sustrans, etc, etc.

I have, and so far, NONE of the above have shown even the slightest morsel of care.

It's going to take ANOTHER fatal accident involving a cyclist before the subject comes up. Until anything happens, I'll be on the pavement - courteously and politely letting you go past.
In response to artful above - A38 Bristol Road in Bridgwater is one of the accident blackspots. It's HORRENDOUS for cyclists - cars, trucks and busses pass at close proximity approaching 50mph before even the 40mph limit posted by Express Park. I think if you asked the cyclists what they would rather do, they'd be on a cycle path, but the bottom line is that there are thousands of workers using that piece of road, and NO provision for cycling whatsoever. "The Bridgwater Way" are not even slightly interested in this, neither are the local council. In fact, the only people who care seem to be you and I. So, I ask you to complain. Make as much noise as you can, to Express Park, Bridgwater Town Council, "The Bridgwater Way", Somerset County Council, Sustrans, etc, etc. I have, and so far, NONE of the above have shown even the slightest morsel of care. It's going to take ANOTHER fatal accident involving a cyclist before the subject comes up. Until anything happens, I'll be on the pavement - courteously and politely letting you go past. twinkles
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Mon 24 Mar 14

swjoduk says...

I agree with some of the comments above, Bridgwater needs more cycle routes particularly Broadway, Westonzoyland Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Quantock Road, all the main routes actually.

West Quay works are not good for cyclists unless you enjoy getting your bones shaken!

Not sure how the cycle route to N Petherton via the A38 will work. The one being constructed between Stockmoor and the A38 turns right away from the A38 by the Daws Cottages. Cyclists will not be interested if they have to make a detour down to Charlois Drive and back over the hill to the roundabout and will continue to use the A38. It will need to follow the A38 route to be appealing to cyclists.
I agree with some of the comments above, Bridgwater needs more cycle routes particularly Broadway, Westonzoyland Road, Bristol Road, Bath Road, Quantock Road, all the main routes actually. West Quay works are not good for cyclists unless you enjoy getting your bones shaken! Not sure how the cycle route to N Petherton via the A38 will work. The one being constructed between Stockmoor and the A38 turns right away from the A38 by the Daws Cottages. Cyclists will not be interested if they have to make a detour down to Charlois Drive and back over the hill to the roundabout and will continue to use the A38. It will need to follow the A38 route to be appealing to cyclists. swjoduk
  • Score: 1

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