Anger over fans’ coaches blocking cycle lanes near Sheffield United ground

Coaches parked on a cycle track at Asline Road on Sheffield United match days.
Coaches parked on a cycle track at Asline Road on Sheffield United match days.
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Fed-up cyclists are planning a protest over the abuse bike lanes and tracks in the centre of Sheffield by South Yorkshire Police.

The bike enthusiasts are set to put up a united front against police officers ‘putting them at risk’.

It comes following a number of complaints involving officers parking away support coaches along cycle tracks near Bramall Lane on Sheffield United match days.

Despite a senior inspector branding it ‘inappropriate’, police are continuing to direct vehicles on to Asline Road – part of the Sheaf Valley cycle track route.

The practise is not covered by road closure orders put in place in other streets surrounding the ground on Blades’ home match days.

Cyclist Matt Turner, aged 27, who has organised the protest, said: “This is one of few safe ways to avoid cycling along the terrifying Queens Road or London Road.”

Mr Turner has campaigned against abuse of cycle lanes in Sheffield for more than a year.

His writes a blog, the Great Gas Beetle, which has a dossier of photos of vehicles blocking the way for bikes, particularly in the Castle Street area of the city centre.

Saturday’s protest will take place at Asline Road.

Mr Turner said: “The police need to be setting an example. They’re the ones who should be stopping that sort of behaviour, not causing it.”

Inspector Neil Mutch, of South Yorkshire Police’s operational planning unit, said: “Parking of the coaches there is inappropriate.

“Parking coaches on Asline Road has been custom and practice for many years. However, I appreciate this doesn’t make it right to block the cycle path.

“I am aware some of my team have been working with Sheffield United to resolve this issue.”