City Science was commissioned by Somerset County Council to deliver a sustainable transport study & Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) Evidence Base for Taunton supporting the major new Garden Town extensions. Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are a strategic approach to identify cycling and walking improvements at the local level outlined by the Department for Transport. Taunton already has a high level of walking & cycling due to it’s relatively flat and compact centre compared to the national average. The town has a clear opportunity to take a leadership role in the promotion and implementation of sustainable travel initiatives.
City Science Response
City Science performed a comprehensive review of existing policies & transport strategies, engaged key local stakeholders including the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign, evaluated the baseline mode-share, undertook detailed network and accessibility analysis, assessed the potential for modal shift & then suggested a series of interventions to improve the cycling and walking network.
The team used the City Science automated LCWIP toolkit to develop a comprehensive and visual evidence base for Taunton.
The outputs provided an up-to-date view of cycling and walking infrastructure in Taunton, an evidence base to support future strategic investment and a set of 29 potential interventions to be taken forward to inform the development of a Network Plan. City Science will commence work on the LCWIP for another town with Somerset shortly.