£5 million to be spent on cycle lanes in Sheffield

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Portobello Street - Trippet Lane - Barkers Pool
Route 1 Portobello Street - Trippet Lane - Barkers Pool
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Almost £5 million could be spent on new cycle schemes in Sheffield to encourage more people to get on their bikes.

Sheffield Council has unveiled plans for seven new cycle schemes – four city centre routes and three in green spaces.

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Sheffield Hallam University Collegiate Campus - Sheffield Station

Route 2 Sheffield Hallam University Collegiate Campus - Sheffield Station

Eventually the plan is to create a comprehensive network of safe cycle lanes across the city, which connect to routes in the countryside.

Sheffield Council is aiming to get 10 per cent of all journeys in the city made by bike by 2025 and 25 per cent by 2050.

Campaign group
CycleSheffield has welcomed the new route plans, but questioned whether many of them will have the impact people were hoping for.

Here we take a look at all the routes individually.

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Attercliffe - Darnall

Route 3 Attercliffe - Darnall

ROUTE ONE

PORTOBELLO STREET - TRIPPET LANE - BARKER’S POOL

BUDGET: UNKNOWN

This route will start at the University of Sheffield, head along Portobello Street, on to Trippet Lane and through Barker’s Pool, where it will hit a current route at Surrey Street, which goes to the train station.

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Waverley - Handsworth

Route 4 Waverley - Handsworth

Despite plans to build the route this summer, work was stalled because the council temporarily diverted traffic from John Lewis along Trippet Lane to Rockingham Street while the new retail quarter is developed.

Dexter Johnstone, of CycleSheffield, said that he approved of the new route, but feared it could be ‘many years off’ due to the new retail quarter development.

Sheffield Council said that work could commence on the route as soon as retail quarter designs were finished – not waiting until the development was built. This could be within a year.

ROUTE TWO

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Completion of Blackburn Valley cycle route

Route 5 Completion of Blackburn Valley cycle route

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE CAMPUS - SHEFFIELD STATION.

BUDGET: £546,590 FROM SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT EXEMPLAR PROGRAMME

This route aims to take cyclists off Ecclesall Road, which is one of the most accident-prone routes, via residential roads to the city centre.

Dexter Johnstone, of CycleSheffield, said this was a ‘really great route’ but questioned how people will safely get down Ecclesall Road to access the route. He also raised concerns that part of the route, between Trafalgar Street and Pinstone Street, could not be designed or built due to the new retail quarter.

ROUTE THREE

ATTERCLIFFE - DARNALL 
BUDGET: £995,000 FROM STEP

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Little Don Link

Routes 6 Little Don Link

Dexter said that CycleSheffield have ‘major issues’ with this route.

He said: “At nearly £1million, it is expensive and who exactly is going to use it?

“It also appears to be extremely winding and indirect therefore not an intuitive route.

“We think that the council should start with major routes into the city centre.

“It’s not a good way to spend the limited money they have.”

Sheffield Council said this route would eventually form part of an extensive Lower Don Valley network. 
They added that there are many workplaces in the area which stand to benefit from the route.

ROUTE FOUR

WAVERLEY - HANDSWORTH

BUDGET: CURRENTLY UNFUNDED

This route will connects the Waverley estate and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to the National Cycle Network route 627. The route will involve a bridge over Handsworth roundabout.

Dexter said this was a ‘very useful’ link that would be welcomed by CycleSheffield.

Sheffield Council said it was hopeful that this route would get funding from STEP – South Yorkshire’s Sustainable Transport Exemplar Programme.

ROUTE FIVE

COMPLETION OF BLACKBURN VALLEY CYCLE ROUTE 
BUDGET: £950,000

The current off-road route runs from Meadowhall to Ecclesfield. The next section to Smithy Wood should be constructed by March 2017.

Dexter said that, while he welcomed any new cycle routes in the city, he said that the council should make city centre routes their priority.

He said: “This seems like a lot of money to spend on a leisure route while many parts of the city centre have no cycling infrastructure.”

Sheffield Council said that encouraging people to cycle had to be about more than simply riding to work and that leisure routes are as vital as commuting.

ROUTE SIX & SEVEN

LITTLE DON LINK

BUDGET: £1,725,000 FROM STEP

This cycle route is being developed to link North Sheffield with the Peak District, via Wharncliffe Woods, Deepcar, Stocksbridge and Langsett.

Sheffield Council plan to complete the Little Don Link by March 2018.

Dexter again stressed he believed that the council should make city routes their priority.

He said: “I worry that, as the STEP funding needs to be spent by March 2018, the council are spending money on green routes as they are much easier to achieve but won’t do anything to get people out of their cars.”

The council said that this route was a fantastic leisure option. Coun Steve Wilson, the council’s ‘cycling champion’, said: “We want to create routes where everybody feels safe.

“This will be a fantastic place for families and novices to cycle. It’s important we champion cycling as a leisure activity too.”

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Little Don Link

Routes 7 Little Don Link

A cycle lane. Picture: Andrew Roe

A cycle lane. Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds of people got on their bikes and took to the streets to call for more Space for Cycling in Sheffield. The ride was organised by CycleSheffield, the local campaigning group for cycle transport. The event was a public demonstration to Sheffield City Council of the need to improve cycling infrastructure and support the Space for Cycling campaign. Photo: Chris Etchells

Hundreds of people got on their bikes and took to the streets to call for more Space for Cycling in Sheffield. The ride was organised by CycleSheffield, the local campaigning group for cycle transport. The event was a public demonstration to Sheffield City Council of the need to improve cycling infrastructure and support the Space for Cycling campaign. Photo: Chris Etchells