Sheffield’s year of cycling success cheered - but experts call for better cycling provision in city

British Cycling and Sky marked a successful year of cycling in partnership with Sheffield Council, with the presentation of a framed, signed GB Cycling Team jersey.
British Cycling and Sky marked a successful year of cycling in partnership with Sheffield Council, with the presentation of a framed, signed GB Cycling Team jersey.
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The success of cycling in Sheffield over the past year was celebrated when the Lord Mayor was presented with a signed GB Cycling Team jersey.

Over the past 12 months the city has hosted the Tour de France stage finish and the first Sky Ride cycling event.

Sheffield Council also claims its cycling programme has seen hundreds of people take to the roads.

British Cycling recreation manager Steve Peters handed the signed shirt over to Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Peter Rippon at an event to announce the return of the Sky Ride event to the city again this year.

Sky Ride sees city centre roads being closed to allow cyclists to ride through Sheffield on traffic-free roads.

This year’s event is set to take place on July 5.

Mr Peters said: “It’s a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Sheffield City Council to get more people on bikes than ever before.

“The first Sky Ride Sheffield saw more than 2,500 people brave the elements to ride the traffic-free streets and we’re looking to build on that for this year’s event.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “I hope that young and old, individuals and families, experienced cyclists and novices alike will pull on their helmets and take to the roads for this year’s Sky Ride Sheffield.”

Head of Cycle Sheffield, Matthew Turner, said although the sport is on the increase, the council still needs to do more to help everyday cyclists use the city’s roads for things like commuting and visiting friends.

He said: “I think it was an enormous year in terms of cycling sport in Sheffield. In terms of people taking up cycling every day across the city, not much has changed.

“Events like the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire are brilliant but there are still issues with roads provision for cyclists.

“For instance, if you look at the Streets Ahead scheme on Penistone Road, its cycle lane is 1.2 metres wide, when minimum Department for Transport guidelines say it should be two metres.

He added: “It’s not good enough.

“The council has improved the number of people cycling to work from 0.5 per cent of people to one per cent in 10 years, but it says it wants to improve it to 10 per cent in the next 10 years.

“For that to happen something monumental needs to shift.”