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Bid to get more Sheffield people cycling

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  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

‘Get on your bike’ is the call from council chiefs aiming to capitalise on Sheffield’s hosting of the Tour de France.

The city council hopes the excitement surrounding the spectacle - which attracted at least 1.5 million people during Stage Two from York to Sheffield on Sunday - will encourage more people to take to two wheels.

A number of ‘innovative’ schemes are planned to improve the city’s infrastructure and make more use of green cycle routes.

Funding is being sought to provide more bike hubs, like the one at Sheffield railway station which opened last week, and facilities for bike hire will be extended around the city centre.

The long-term intention is to increase the number of bike trips in the city by around 10 per cent by 2025, and 25 per cent by 2050.

The council said cycling would be made easier and safer and provision reviewed and improved, including cycle parking in key locations.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for sport, said: “We aim to build on the tremendous interest generated by this successful event.

“We want more local people of all ages and backgrounds cycling for transportation and leisure, in urban and rural areas. “

The benefits of cycling include fitness, less air pollution and traffic on the roads. There was an 80 per cent increase in the number of people cycling to work in Sheffield up to 2011.

Coun Bowler added: “There has been a major increase in the number of people wanting to cycle and it is in everyone’s interest for us make it easier and safer.”

Many cycling events are planned for 2015 and the first Sky Ride Sheffield will take place on August 10 this year. Visit www.goskyride.com/sheffieldSkyRide to sign up.

 

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