Learn how 'mini Holland' scheme could improve Sheffield streets at cycling campaign meeting

The 'mini Holland' scheme has transformed the London Borough of Waltham Forest
The 'mini Holland' scheme has transformed the London Borough of Waltham Forest
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A Sheffield campaign group will host an event designed to show how the city can learn from other places to become more cycle-friendly.

CycleSheffield has invited Paul Gasson from the Waltham Forest branch of the London Cycle Campaign to talk about the 'mini Holland' scheme which has transformed his borough.

The project focused on making things better for pedestrians and cyclists with ideas such as partial road closures. Traffic fell by 56 per cent in 12 key 'village' roads as a result.

Paul will speak during CycleSheffield's AGM at the Showroom cafe bar from 7pm on June 15.

CycleSheffield member Dexter Johnstone said: "The success of livable neighbourhood transformations like “mini Holland” in the London Borough of Waltham Forest has created safer, healthier streets and more vibrant local economies for everyone living in them.

"It’s not about dividing people up into drivers or walkers or cyclists – it’s about enabling active travel and making our streets pleasant and enjoyable places to be in, not places of congestion, stress, pollution and danger."

Businesses have reported increased footfall.

Businesses have reported increased footfall.

Dexter said the scheme meant people had more choices with which to make their journeys, and roads and paths were safer for people - and children in particular - to use.

"Of course driving and parking are still possible," he added.

"The changes are quite modest and driving is actually better with less congestion, traffic has come down by 50 per cent in the residential streets and down by 16 per cent across the area including main roads.

"More vulnerable people like those elderly and disabled are benefiting from less traffic and better pavements, making it easier and safer to cross roads and get around the area.

Traffic has fallen by more than 50 per cent in the affected streets.

Traffic has fallen by more than 50 per cent in the affected streets.

"Cycle paths are also ideal for people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters."

Another key aim of the 'mini Holland' scheme is to boost business in the chosen streets.

Dexter said: "The shops and cafes are now in a much more attractive environment to walk around and spend time and money in.

"Some shopkeepers were worried that if people didn’t drive to the door of their shops it would kill trade but a year on and businesses are thriving, and people enjoy supporting their local economy.

"We need this kind of change in Sheffield too. It doesn’t have to take much money to achieve these improvements, just some imagination and courage from our leaders to look for real solutions to the traffic problems in our communities."

Visit www.cyclesheffield.org.uk for more on the campaign.

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