Neon Bike Ride hits Bridgwater this Friday

Cyclists outside the Blake statue promoting the Neon Bike Ride

Cyclists outside the Blake statue promoting the Neon Bike Ride

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NEON lights will light up the Admiral Blake statue this Friday as 50 cyclists ride around Bridgwater.

The cyclists will be dressed up in neon colours and perform a five mile trip around Bridgwater, starting and finishing at the statue.

Town Mayor Dave Loveridge will be giving the official send off at 6pm as the riders start their neon-lit journey.

The Neon Bike Ride is to promote the Bridgwater Way project, an initiative aimed at encouraging more cycling and walking in Bridgwater.

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10:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

twinkles says...

So far I've seen signs around the town announcing a 'cycling event' and to 'expect delay'. What an awesome way to promote an event, yeah that'll get Johnny Motorist on your side.

When will this SHAM "The Bridgwater Way" actually deliver something of value to the town?

From their own admission it's highly focussed on creating "safe and sustainable routes from the new housing developments between Bridgwater and North Petherton". Completely avoiding the MASSIVE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. No REAL provision for the cyclist.

A38 Bristol Road - where a cyclist was killed outside Crypton not so long ago. Traffic hurtles along at 50mph, it's really narrow by the junction outside the VW dealer and there's ZERO provision for cyclists. Worth noting that at Express Park, you have over 2000 workers - a healthy slice of the working population.

A372 Westonzoyland Road. The bridge over the railway is too narrow to safely pass a cyclist while driving. But that doesn't stop car, truck or bus drivers. The provision for cyclists along that route is frankly hilarious. Where the road is at it's widest, there's a marked cycle path. Yet at the narrow points, ZERO PROVISION again.

All the fanfare and trumpeting about the work they've done for the cycle path along A38 Taunton Road is pish. Where you really need a cycle path (Crossing by junction to Somerset Bridge down to the row of shops on Taunton Road) you have to fend for yourself.

So, this SIX MILLION POUNDS seems to be purely marketing and self gratification if you ask me.
So far I've seen signs around the town announcing a 'cycling event' and to 'expect delay'. What an awesome way to promote an event, yeah that'll get Johnny Motorist on your side. When will this SHAM "The Bridgwater Way" actually deliver something of value to the town? From their own admission it's highly focussed on creating "safe and sustainable routes from the new housing developments between Bridgwater and North Petherton". Completely avoiding the MASSIVE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. No REAL provision for the cyclist. A38 Bristol Road - where a cyclist was killed outside Crypton not so long ago. Traffic hurtles along at 50mph, it's really narrow by the junction outside the VW dealer and there's ZERO provision for cyclists. Worth noting that at Express Park, you have over 2000 workers - a healthy slice of the working population. A372 Westonzoyland Road. The bridge over the railway is too narrow to safely pass a cyclist while driving. But that doesn't stop car, truck or bus drivers. The provision for cyclists along that route is frankly hilarious. Where the road is at it's widest, there's a marked cycle path. Yet at the narrow points, ZERO PROVISION again. All the fanfare and trumpeting about the work they've done for the cycle path along A38 Taunton Road is pish. Where you really need a cycle path (Crossing by junction to Somerset Bridge down to the row of shops on Taunton Road) you have to fend for yourself. So, this SIX MILLION POUNDS seems to be purely marketing and self gratification if you ask me. twinkles
  • Score: 7

3:47pm Tue 25 Mar 14

twinkles says...

I humbly apologise, I checked my facts, and I have got the figure wrong. It's £4,000,000 they're spending, not £6,000,000.

Makes it much more palateable, no?

No, thought not.
I humbly apologise, I checked my facts, and I have got the figure wrong. It's £4,000,000 they're spending, not £6,000,000. Makes it much more palateable, no? No, thought not. twinkles
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

*Chrissie* says...

The Bridgwater Way is a project funded by the Department of Transport (DfT), to improve routes to work, school and education through the south of Bridgwater. The other areas highlighted by Twinkles are all issues, but unfortunately are not ones that the DfT will fund within this programme. Our route map shows the areas the routes will cover http://www.thebridgw
aterway.co.uk/the-ro
ute .
But cycle routes are just one element of the project, we are working with schools, businesses and residents across the town offering practical ways to get about without the car.
We run Bike It training in 14 Bridgwater schools so children can safely bring cycling into their lives. Dr Bike has fixed nearly 500 bikes, taught cycling skills and maintenance to 30 adults. This has increased the number of roadworthy bikes in Bridgwater and people’s confidence to use them.
We have a team dedicated to working with Hamp residents on street design projects to make it easier and safer for people to walk or cycle.
We also work with businesses to implement sustainable travel options within their organisations, plus we hold monthly business forums to share information and ideas.
We fund Sky Ride local, which are launching another guided 50 rides in May (check the website www.goskyride.com) providing an opportunity to learn routes and practice cycling in a guided environment.
We also run a number of events throughout the year to bring communities together to share information and gain practical experience of how to bring walking and cycling into everyday routines. Check out our Neon Bike Ride on Friday, which has been planned to have the maximum impact with as little disruption to traffic as possible. Nevertheless, using road signs to forewarn road users is a courtesy we feel important to do.

There has been a really positive response from Bridgwater residents and businesses to be part of something different and positive for the town.
And we offer all of these elements free within The Bridgwater Way project.

Regarding specific routes, our remit unfortunately does not extend up to Westonzoyland Road or Bristol Road. The cycle path from the town centre to North Petherton is currently planned to run from the town centre, along the A38, then exit the A38 onto Old Road then through Pilot’s Helm. From Blake Gardens, down Old Taunton Road onto the Canal path heading South until you get to Hamp Bridge, where you join the current cycle path on the A38. Other than the stretch on Old Taunton Road and Old Road, the path will be off-road and segregated where it abuts the A38. The path as part of the Stockmoor development - the developers will be completing a stretch of the route on the A38, the section that links Gateway to Showground roundabout benefiting those in the new Wilstock and Stockmoor developments.
A considerable amount of planning takes place when road works takes place and we are advising the community as works are underway.

We welcome the community to get involved by visiting our website www.thebridgwaterway
.co.uk for the latest information and joining us in any of our activities.
The Bridgwater Way is a project funded by the Department of Transport (DfT), to improve routes to work, school and education through the south of Bridgwater. The other areas highlighted by Twinkles are all issues, but unfortunately are not ones that the DfT will fund within this programme. Our route map shows the areas the routes will cover http://www.thebridgw aterway.co.uk/the-ro ute . But cycle routes are just one element of the project, we are working with schools, businesses and residents across the town offering practical ways to get about without the car. We run Bike It training in 14 Bridgwater schools so children can safely bring cycling into their lives. Dr Bike has fixed nearly 500 bikes, taught cycling skills and maintenance to 30 adults. This has increased the number of roadworthy bikes in Bridgwater and people’s confidence to use them. We have a team dedicated to working with Hamp residents on street design projects to make it easier and safer for people to walk or cycle. We also work with businesses to implement sustainable travel options within their organisations, plus we hold monthly business forums to share information and ideas. We fund Sky Ride local, which are launching another guided 50 rides in May (check the website www.goskyride.com) providing an opportunity to learn routes and practice cycling in a guided environment. We also run a number of events throughout the year to bring communities together to share information and gain practical experience of how to bring walking and cycling into everyday routines. Check out our Neon Bike Ride on Friday, which has been planned to have the maximum impact with as little disruption to traffic as possible. Nevertheless, using road signs to forewarn road users is a courtesy we feel important to do. There has been a really positive response from Bridgwater residents and businesses to be part of something different and positive for the town. And we offer all of these elements free within The Bridgwater Way project. Regarding specific routes, our remit unfortunately does not extend up to Westonzoyland Road or Bristol Road. The cycle path from the town centre to North Petherton is currently planned to run from the town centre, along the A38, then exit the A38 onto Old Road then through Pilot’s Helm. From Blake Gardens, down Old Taunton Road onto the Canal path heading South until you get to Hamp Bridge, where you join the current cycle path on the A38. Other than the stretch on Old Taunton Road and Old Road, the path will be off-road and segregated where it abuts the A38. The path as part of the Stockmoor development - the developers will be completing a stretch of the route on the A38, the section that links Gateway to Showground roundabout benefiting those in the new Wilstock and Stockmoor developments. A considerable amount of planning takes place when road works takes place and we are advising the community as works are underway. We welcome the community to get involved by visiting our website www.thebridgwaterway .co.uk for the latest information and joining us in any of our activities. *Chrissie*
  • Score: 3

10:29am Thu 27 Mar 14

Anonymous Me says...

Don't bother emailing 'The Bridgwater Way' for info, they don't read them or don't send replies, sent one last month, no reply so far!
Don't bother emailing 'The Bridgwater Way' for info, they don't read them or don't send replies, sent one last month, no reply so far! Anonymous Me
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

*Chrissie* says...

Anonymous Me, we’re sorry to hear that was your experience. This has been raised with our Programme Manager Daniel Offord and if you would like to contact him his email is DOfford@somerset.gov
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Anonymous Me, we’re sorry to hear that was your experience. This has been raised with our Programme Manager Daniel Offord and if you would like to contact him his email is DOfford@somerset.gov .uk *Chrissie*
  • Score: 1

7:42am Fri 28 Mar 14

Anonymous Me says...

*Chrissie* wrote:
Anonymous Me, we’re sorry to hear that was your experience. This has been raised with our Programme Manager Daniel Offord and if you would like to contact him his email is DOfford@somerset.gov

.uk
Thanks for the reply*Chrissie* and good luck with tonight, I hope it stays dry for you all.
[quote][p][bold]*Chrissie*[/bold] wrote: Anonymous Me, we’re sorry to hear that was your experience. This has been raised with our Programme Manager Daniel Offord and if you would like to contact him his email is DOfford@somerset.gov .uk[/p][/quote]Thanks for the reply*Chrissie* and good luck with tonight, I hope it stays dry for you all. Anonymous Me
  • Score: 1

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