Call to join demonstration for safer cycling in Sheffield

CycleSheffield will hold a demonstration calling for more space for safe cycling in the city.
CycleSheffield will hold a demonstration calling for more space for safe cycling in the city.
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Campaigners will ride through Sheffield as part of a campaign for more safe cycling spaces in the city this weekend.

Hundreds of people are expected to join the CycleSheffield demonstration, which will set off from Devonshire Green at 11am on Saturday (June 11).

The Big Ride event is a public demonstration to Sheffield Council of the need to improve cycling infrastructure and support the Space for Cycling campaign

Chair of CycleSheffield Ian Carey said: “Last year’s ride attracted over 450 people and this year should be even bigger. CycleSheffield is calling on our local politicians to make riding a bike safe and enjoyable for everyone in Sheffield.”

The Space for Cycling campaign asks for protected space on main roads, removing through motor traffic in residential areas, lower speed limits, cycle-friendly town centres, safe routes to school, and routes through green spaces.

The ride starts and finishes at Devonshire Green, and riders are asked to gather from 10.30am for an 11am start. The route is about 2.5km long and circles the city centre, passing the Town Hall. Children under 16 are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Mr Carey added: “Riders are asked wear something red and bring a bell or whistle or horn to make some joyous noise. CycleSheffield wants Sheffield Council to see that many people wish to ride a bike and that more needs to done. I would love to see people who don’t current cycle feel comfortable about doing so. This will require much better cycling infrastructure than currently provided.

“The Big Ride is a safe and fun event, and everyone is welcome. CycleSheffield marshals will ensure the group stays together and that the pace is suitable for even the youngest of riders.

“We need our politicians to recognise the wider benefits of making Space for Cycling. Together we can make Sheffield a even better place to live, with a healthier population, less traffic and cleaner air”.