Cycle improvements along Bridge Street, Taunton

Cycle improvements along Bridge Street, Taunton

Cycle improvements along Bridge Street, Taunton

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CYCLING along a busy road in Taunton will become safer when improvements are made.

People on bikes will have more space along Bridge Street approaching the lights at the junction with Wood Street and Staplegrove Road/Station Road.

Somerset County Council now plans to install an advisory cycle line leading up to the advanced stop box heading out of town.

A council spokesman said currently there is not always enough space for bicycles to safely pass traffic to get into the box.

He added that once the improvements are in place the capacity for other vehicles will not be reduced.

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1:42pm Fri 9 May 14

Slow down! says...

"A council spokesman said currently there is not always enough space for bicycles to safely pass traffic to get into the box.”

That’s because the cars are stuck in traffic caused by poor traffic management by SCC. Please put your efforts into solving that problem before you start worrying about red-light dodging, law breaking aggressive cyclist! ;-)

You couldn’t make this up!
"A council spokesman said currently there is not always enough space for bicycles to safely pass traffic to get into the box.” That’s because the cars are stuck in traffic caused by poor traffic management by SCC. Please put your efforts into solving that problem before you start worrying about red-light dodging, law breaking aggressive cyclist! ;-) You couldn’t make this up! Slow down!
  • Score: -7

2:19pm Fri 9 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

How do they pass the traffic safely on the inside? This is undertaking which is illegal unless there is a dedicated bike lane and how will this work when a bus or buses are in the bus bays?
How do they pass the traffic safely on the inside? This is undertaking which is illegal unless there is a dedicated bike lane and how will this work when a bus or buses are in the bus bays? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -6

8:24pm Fri 9 May 14

boliston says...

I'm a regular cyclist but painted bike lanes on roads simply give cyclist a false sense of security so I would rather they did not bother painting them. I'd rather either have "continental style" bike lanes with a physical kerb separating bikes from cars or NO bike lane at all.

There are some examples of where bike lanes have been properly designed, such as on the Third Way between Hickleys and the new Tone Bridge where cyclists are totally separated from traffic, but mixing cycles and traffic is generally only safe on roads with very little traffic, such as quiet residential roads.
I'm a regular cyclist but painted bike lanes on roads simply give cyclist a false sense of security so I would rather they did not bother painting them. I'd rather either have "continental style" bike lanes with a physical kerb separating bikes from cars or NO bike lane at all. There are some examples of where bike lanes have been properly designed, such as on the Third Way between Hickleys and the new Tone Bridge where cyclists are totally separated from traffic, but mixing cycles and traffic is generally only safe on roads with very little traffic, such as quiet residential roads. boliston
  • Score: 5

11:58pm Fri 9 May 14

mansell5 says...

It is not illegal for a cyclist to pass either stationery or moving traffic on the nearside. Unless someone can quote a specific piece of legislation?

However, I fail to see how the cycle lead in lane can be provided without taking up general capacity as claimed by the SCC spokesperson. The only way to achieve that would be to use part of the footway, which I doubt is what is planned.
It is not illegal for a cyclist to pass either stationery or moving traffic on the nearside. Unless someone can quote a specific piece of legislation? However, I fail to see how the cycle lead in lane can be provided without taking up general capacity as claimed by the SCC spokesperson. The only way to achieve that would be to use part of the footway, which I doubt is what is planned. mansell5
  • Score: -2

6:36am Sat 10 May 14

ladybird14 says...

hey does this mend they will close another road to put some markings right !!
hey does this mend they will close another road to put some markings right !! ladybird14
  • Score: -1

7:45am Sun 11 May 14

swjoduk says...

mansell5 wrote:
It is not illegal for a cyclist to pass either stationery or moving traffic on the nearside. Unless someone can quote a specific piece of legislation?

However, I fail to see how the cycle lead in lane can be provided without taking up general capacity as claimed by the SCC spokesperson. The only way to achieve that would be to use part of the footway, which I doubt is what is planned.
Shouldn't lose capacity. Won't lose any lanes. That was done years ago when they added the huge islands with the junction revamp.

Why they had to do that on the Bridge Street length I don't know. By the olf cinema where there was always 1 lane yes
[quote][p][bold]mansell5[/bold] wrote: It is not illegal for a cyclist to pass either stationery or moving traffic on the nearside. Unless someone can quote a specific piece of legislation? However, I fail to see how the cycle lead in lane can be provided without taking up general capacity as claimed by the SCC spokesperson. The only way to achieve that would be to use part of the footway, which I doubt is what is planned.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't lose capacity. Won't lose any lanes. That was done years ago when they added the huge islands with the junction revamp. Why they had to do that on the Bridge Street length I don't know. By the olf cinema where there was always 1 lane yes swjoduk
  • Score: 0

8:16pm Sun 11 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there.
Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there. GoingGreen
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Sun 11 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

GoingGreen wrote:
Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there.
Also an awful lot of cyclists who believe they are above the law, especially the older ones who are like reps on bikes.
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there.[/p][/quote]Also an awful lot of cyclists who believe they are above the law, especially the older ones who are like reps on bikes. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -5

8:52am Mon 12 May 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
GoingGreen wrote:
Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there.
Also an awful lot of cyclists who believe they are above the law, especially the older ones who are like reps on bikes.
Based on your previous posts, I wouldn't want to meet you in a dark alley if I were a 50+ male cyclist. Saying that, you wouldn't see me as accordingly to you I wouldn't have any lights!
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Jeez, there are some bitter drivers out there.[/p][/quote]Also an awful lot of cyclists who believe they are above the law, especially the older ones who are like reps on bikes.[/p][/quote]Based on your previous posts, I wouldn't want to meet you in a dark alley if I were a 50+ male cyclist. Saying that, you wouldn't see me as accordingly to you I wouldn't have any lights! GoingGreen
  • Score: 3

9:17am Mon 12 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing.
So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.
You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing. So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -3

10:22am Mon 12 May 14

topcataj says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing.
So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.
Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs....

Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently....
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing. So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.[/p][/quote]Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs.... Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently.... topcataj
  • Score: 2

10:43am Mon 12 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

topcataj wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing.
So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.
Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs....

Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently....
Another middle aged cyclist I presume?
[quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing. So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.[/p][/quote]Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs.... Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently....[/p][/quote]Another middle aged cyclist I presume? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -2

11:34am Mon 12 May 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech you are quite an angry person. Not surprising given the traffic conditions you choose to drive in I guess. I am not middle aged by the way before you really let rip.
FreeSpeech you are quite an angry person. Not surprising given the traffic conditions you choose to drive in I guess. I am not middle aged by the way before you really let rip. GoingGreen
  • Score: 4

12:22pm Mon 12 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Not angry in the slightest as I'm a professional driver, just pointing out observations that the unblinkered amongst us have no problems seeing.
Have also cycled and used that quaint old custom of hand signals before carrying out a manoeuvre, not the two fingered ones you middle aged riders do after cutting someone up.
Not angry in the slightest as I'm a professional driver, just pointing out observations that the unblinkered amongst us have no problems seeing. Have also cycled and used that quaint old custom of hand signals before carrying out a manoeuvre, not the two fingered ones you middle aged riders do after cutting someone up. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -3

12:32pm Mon 12 May 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Not angry in the slightest as I'm a professional driver, just pointing out observations that the unblinkered amongst us have no problems seeing.
Have also cycled and used that quaint old custom of hand signals before carrying out a manoeuvre, not the two fingered ones you middle aged riders do after cutting someone up.
Unblinkered? Classic!
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Not angry in the slightest as I'm a professional driver, just pointing out observations that the unblinkered amongst us have no problems seeing. Have also cycled and used that quaint old custom of hand signals before carrying out a manoeuvre, not the two fingered ones you middle aged riders do after cutting someone up.[/p][/quote]Unblinkered? Classic! GoingGreen
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Mon 12 May 14

topcataj says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
topcataj wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing.
So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.
Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs....

Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently....
Another middle aged cyclist I presume?
Amazingly some of us are able to do both! I've had more problems with car drivers as a cyclist than I've had with cyclists as a car driver.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: You really are having difficulty grasping the point aren't you, I have no problem with cyclists who obey the rules of the road and cycle sensibly the same goes for drivers of vehicles. You seem to have this them and us attitude when anyone mentions road problems in Taunton and seem to think all drivers are lazy, crazy and should make way for you and your buddies on bikes and judging by your attitude writing on here you could well be one of those cyclists that bend the rules to suit you. Cyclists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road put themselves, pedestrians and other road users at risk but unlike drivers of vehicles they have little protection and no insurance, when accidents occur and they are at fault they often will not give their details or will ignore requests to stop but quick to do the opposite when they can see a claim in the offing. So to put the record straight I have no problem with considerate cyclists but would love to see those who break the law dragged before the courts just as other road users are.[/p][/quote]Yet more outlandish speculation and exaggeration probably again based on a minority of cases. Not sure what your attitude suggests about you if you're so willing to make assumptions about other people based on theirs.... Cyclists who follow the rules of the road are in constant danger of ignorant drivers, let alone those that bend them. If a cyclist screws up and gets hit, they might die. If a driver screws up and hits a cyclist they grumble about insurance apparently....[/p][/quote]Another middle aged cyclist I presume?[/p][/quote]Amazingly some of us are able to do both! I've had more problems with car drivers as a cyclist than I've had with cyclists as a car driver. topcataj
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Tue 13 May 14

Slow down! says...

Middle aged cyclists are the worst they seem to think its a game, whilst the Younger cyclist are just unaware of the dangers as they are in their own little worlds with their headphones in, hoods up and txting at the same time.
Middle aged cyclists are the worst they seem to think its a game, whilst the Younger cyclist are just unaware of the dangers as they are in their own little worlds with their headphones in, hoods up and txting at the same time. Slow down!
  • Score: -3

5:19pm Tue 13 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Slow down! wrote:
Middle aged cyclists are the worst they seem to think its a game, whilst the Younger cyclist are just unaware of the dangers as they are in their own little worlds with their headphones in, hoods up and txting at the same time.
Another superb generalisation. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: Middle aged cyclists are the worst they seem to think its a game, whilst the Younger cyclist are just unaware of the dangers as they are in their own little worlds with their headphones in, hoods up and txting at the same time.[/p][/quote]Another superb generalisation. Well done. GoingGreen
  • Score: 3

9:47am Wed 14 May 14

Slow down! says...

Thanks, I see it every single day I drive around our wonderful town.

The Middle aged guys watch the tour de France and think they are in the same league as Wiggins once they pull their lycra on and those silly clip on shoes, weaving in and around stationary cars and then have the nerve to glare at driver who dares to rev their engine or sound their horn!

The cheek of it!
Thanks, I see it every single day I drive around our wonderful town. The Middle aged guys watch the tour de France and think they are in the same league as Wiggins once they pull their lycra on and those silly clip on shoes, weaving in and around stationary cars and then have the nerve to glare at driver who dares to rev their engine or sound their horn! The cheek of it! Slow down!
  • Score: -3

1:39pm Wed 14 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Slow down! wrote:
Thanks, I see it every single day I drive around our wonderful town.

The Middle aged guys watch the tour de France and think they are in the same league as Wiggins once they pull their lycra on and those silly clip on shoes, weaving in and around stationary cars and then have the nerve to glare at driver who dares to rev their engine or sound their horn!

The cheek of it!
Not glaring, just looking to see if it's the same driver that was sat in a stationary car at the same spot the previous day, and the day before!
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: Thanks, I see it every single day I drive around our wonderful town. The Middle aged guys watch the tour de France and think they are in the same league as Wiggins once they pull their lycra on and those silly clip on shoes, weaving in and around stationary cars and then have the nerve to glare at driver who dares to rev their engine or sound their horn! The cheek of it![/p][/quote]Not glaring, just looking to see if it's the same driver that was sat in a stationary car at the same spot the previous day, and the day before! GoingGreen
  • Score: 3

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