Sheffield campaigner, 69, dies while cycling

Keith Hayman, of Residents Against Station Closure campaign group
Keith Hayman, of Residents Against Station Closure campaign group
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A Sheffield environmental campaigner and artist has died suddenly, aged 69, while out riding with his cycling club.

Keith Hayman – a retired urban planner for Sheffield Council – was riding into the city with members of Sharrow Cycling Club when he collapsed with a suspected heart attack.

Emergency services were unable to revive him.

Keith came to Sheffield in 1983 and was involved with the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter as part of the council’s economic regeneration team.

After his retirement he was able to concentrate on his art, owning a studio in Heeley and organising a range of arts events.

Always a keen cyclist, he also campaigned for radical improvements for bikers in and around the city.

Keith was also prominent in the campaign fighting plans to close Sheffield’s railway station to non-travellers, chairing an action group.

He felt strongly moves to shut a pedestrian route through the station built with public money should be resisted.

Keith leaves a wife, Janet, and a son and daughter. His funeral will be tomorrow at 10.30am at Hutcliffe Wood.