More than 400 cyclists expected in mass Sheffield ride

The Space for Cycling riders making their way up Ecclesall Road last year
The Space for Cycling riders making their way up Ecclesall Road last year
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Hundreds of cyclists are signed up to take part in a mass bike ride in Sheffield this weekend.

The Space for Cycling event on Saturday is the second held in the city and organisers are expecting over 400 people to take part along some of the city’s key routes.

It aims to also raise awareness of cycling in the city and demand action on safe routes to school, reduced speed limits in residential areas and safe routes to schools.

Last year a Sheffield Council cycling inquiry found that 95 per cent of people thought that “concern for personal safety and perceived danger causedby poor infrastructure, road surfaces and traffic” was a barrier to getting people cycling.

Matt Turner, chairman of Cycle Sheffield, said that the number of people taking part was higher than the number of cyclists in the Tour de France.

He added: “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.”

Local election candidates standing across the 28 wards in Sheffield have been invited to attend and so far around 30 of themhave signed up.

On Saturday cyclists will set off from Barkers Pool in the city centre at 10.30am.

Children and families will lead the colourful procession along Division Street and then across Hanover Way before making their way down to Ecclesall Road.

The bikers will then make their way back along Sharrow Vale Road and through to London Road before arriving back in the city centre.

It is expected to finish between 12.30pm and 1pm at Barkers Pool.