Cyclists highlight flaws in highways plan

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A pressure group is urging Sheffield Council to rethink a road improvement plan after labelling it a ‘complete failure’.

Cycle Sheffield will plead with highways bosses to alter Wadsley Bridge junction designs at the site of a new supermarket to make it cycle and pedestrian-friendly.

The forum claims plans for accessing the Sainsbury’s branch are overrun with crossings for cyclists and those on foot, forcing more people to use their cars for the journey.

One example cited is the cycle route from Penistone Road North through junctions to join Penistone Road, which has seven crossings, all with individual lights. The road route has just two.

The replacement of zebra crossings with toucan crossings at Leppings Lane is another concern.

Matt Turner, a member of Cycle Sheffield, said: “The needs of motorised traffic are placed well above the needs of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

“I don’t think this is the way we should be designing highway schemes in Sheffield, we need to do all we can to reduce the reliance on private cars so that we have a positive impact on climate change, on air quality, on congestion, on the livability of our city and for the health of us all.

“I – and others – view this scheme as a complete failure for both walking and cycling.”

Historic pub the Traveller’s Inn was demolished to make way for the Sainsbury’s store in August last year despite opposition to the supermarket giant’s application.

The council carried out public consultation – which included meetings with its own Cycle Forum – for the scheme.

Cycle Sheffield will highlight concerns to councillors at a Highway Cabinet meeting at Sheffield Town Hall today.