Safety campaigners cancelled a planned protest after police officers promised action on blocking cycle lanes.
South Yorkshire Police has said sorry for putting cyclists at risk by parking coaches carrying fans on bicycle lanes during Sheffield United home games – and promised to make major changes to match-day policy from next season.
The apology came at a showdown between forum Cycle Sheffield and Inspector Pete Serhatlic, South Yorkshire Police motorcycling and roads inspector.
Members demanded an explanation after a cycle lane on Asline Road, near Bramall Lane football stadium in Highfield, was used to cater for an overspill of supporters’ buses during the Blades FA Cup match against Charlton Athletic.
A protest was due to take place at the site on Saturday, but campaigners called it off after senior officers applied for new road traffic orders.
If plans are given the go ahead, they will cover Asline Road, Randall Street and Harwood Street on match days from next season, with a view to using the latter two to park coaches.
Insp Serhatlic said: “That’s the plan we intend to put forward to club stewards, which should cater for the majority of big games.”
Cyclist and blogger Matt Turner, who had co-organised the protest, said: “It felt antagonistic to have the protest when I think it’ll be the last time parking of coaches happens on Asline Road cycle track. It is a success for safety.
“I campaign for people who are currently too scared to cycle, for people who would like to ride bikes with their family and children, but currently can’t because of inadequate provision and abuse of facilities through inconsiderate road use for example illegal parking.”