Sheffield has become the first place in Yorkshire to have on-street bike pumps – as part of Sheffield Council’s bid to increase cycling.
The project is part of building on the success of the Tour de France, which brought 1.5 million people to the region in July to see the famous cycle race, and making the city more friendly to those on two wheels.
Six of the free pumps, which are permanent fixtures bolted to the ground and suitable for two types of tyre valve, have been installed at locations used frequently by cyclists.
The £11,000 cost has been paid from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, said: “Sheffield is among the first cities in the country to introduce these bike pumps onto the streets.
“Each cycle journey made has a positive impact on the economy and environment, so providing this service for free is a good investment and will help us save money in the long term.
“The locations were carefully chosen where cyclists park their bikes or on the main cycling routes into the city centre, so cyclists will get the maximum benefit.
“Many cyclists, even regular ones, don’t realise how much easier and safer it is to cycle if their tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
“The pumps may even be used in an emergency if someone has a puncture nearby.”
There are 10 pumps planned in Sheffield, following the example of other cities such as London and Bristol, Sydney in Australia and the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
Six pumps are already in place across the city centre, at: Bridge Street and Millsands; Five Weirs Walk and Attercliffe Road; Hunters Bar roundabout; Moore Street underpass off Ecclesall Road; Glossop Road shops; and Victoria Street and Leavygreave Road, near Sheffield University.
Four more will follow, at: the junction of Penistone Road and Rutland Road; Norfolk Road and Granville Road; Crowther Place and Mount Pleasant Road; and at the BMX Park on Devonshire Green.
Russell Cutts, from Russell’s Bicycle Shed, based at Sheffield Railway Station, said: “We welcome the arrival of these bike pumps.
“They are a great addition to the public amenities that will make cycling much easier and help make Sheffield a more bike-friendly city.”
Jeff Carroll, of the Pedal Ready scheme, said: “The introduction of these pumps is really useful. Properly inflated tyres are so important in improving riders’ safety.”