VIDEO: Sheffield cyclists take to the streets

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Hundreds of people got on their bikes to pedal through the streets of Sheffield today.

An estimated 400 cyclists set off from Barker’s Pool and headed towards Ecclesall Road for Cycle Sheffield’s Big Ride.

Bike riders gather at Devonshire Green for Cycle Sheffield's Space for Cycling event

Bike riders gather at Devonshire Green for Cycle Sheffield's Space for Cycling event

The event was held as part of the national Space for Cycling campaign, which demands action on on issues such as safe routes to schools, protected space for cycling on main roads, reduced though-traffic, and lower speed limits in residential areas.

The campaign is calling on the council to do something about the fact that 95 per cent of locals questioned in a survey last year said that concern for personal safety and perceived danger causedby poor infrastructure, road surfaces and traffic were barriers to cycling.

Cycle Sheffield chairman Matt Turner said: “We need our politicians to recognise the wider benefits of making Space for Cycling.

“We can make Sheffield a more pleasant place to live, with a healthier population, less traffic and cleaner air.”

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