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CycleSheffield response to the Government consultation on CWIS

We have carefully reviewed the Department for Transport’s draft strategy for Cycling and Walking, and submitted a formal response on behalf of you our members. We found the proposed strategy deeply disappointing. You can see it here.

DfT says that they understand the compelling arguments for improving cycling infrastructure, and the excellent return on investment (better than twice as good as HS2!) , but under their proposals…

  • They will not set standards for new infrastructure – as a result standards and quality will vary widely depending on how much Local Authorities feel they can afford, London will have Super Highways, Leeds will have 75cm wide roadside tracks, and currently Sheffield has red tarmac at the side of busy roads which is mostly used for car parking after 9:30. Neither cyclists nor motorists will have a consistent understanding of how to behave on the roads.
  • There will be no new money to pay for Cycle lanes etc, which are already massively under-funded – each City will be expected to pay for their Walking and Cycling infrastructure by taking money out of their Local Growth fund – which was intended for Economic Growth. In Sheffield there are already numerous conflicting priorities for the shrinking funds we receive from the Government. We think this is doomed to failure.

We have responded by suggesting to the DfT what needs to do if we are to have any chance of succeeding with walking and cycling. You can read our response to the DfT proposal here.

This is a time when we need your support more than ever.

–          We don’t know if we will receive a formal response to our proposals, but it would be useful if you can support us by raising our concerns with your local MP here.

–          or you can respond to the Dft yourself here.

–          Join us on the Space For Cycling ride on Saturday the 11th of June.  More info here.

–          And come along to your AGM on Wednesday the 29th of June. More info here.

Do Sheffield political parties support Space for Cycling?

We’ve asked the parties standing in the 2016 local election in Sheffield to state whether they support various measures to improve conditions for cycling in Sheffield.

We asked:

As part of the City Council, will you deliver on the commitments Sheffield Council made in 2014 to…

  1. Build high-quality protected space for cyclists on main roads and through junctions?
  2. Implement 20mph zones in all residential areas?
  3. Improve local communities by stopping rat-runs on residential streets whilst leaving them open for people walking and on bikes?
  4. Create safe routes to schools for cycling and walking?

These questions are based on the Space for Cycling campaign aims. For more information see MakingSpaceForCycling.org

We asked the Sheffield Conservative Party, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrat Party, the TUSC and UKIP for a response.

This is what we received:

 

Conservative

 Sheffield Conservatives are committed to improving the provision for cycling and walking within the whole city. This not only improves health it creates greater economic opportunities and improves quality of life for everyone particularly in areas that suffer with poor air quality.

To make sweeping commitments such as this without a dedicated strategy that has been costed and planned will result in inaction and poor quality provision. A council made up of Conservative members would develop a costed and planned strategy to provide much needed and better quality provisions for all road users to enable easy and free movement throughout the city whether this be by Bicycle, bus, car or on foot. None of these forms of transport are mutually exclusive and all need to be considered in any planning.

It is critical that we encourage more children to travel to school by walking, cycling, scootering or skating and it is important that this is done in a safe way, training in school is essential to this along with providing safe routes to and from school.

Education is key to any strategy of this sort not only to guide vehicle users but also to show how alternative forms of transport can be efficiently used to go about daily business. So far provision in Sheffield has been haphazard and not properly planned there are many missed opportunities and we believe that this city provides many opportunities to be innovative in this area to improve movement of citizens and goods.

 Green

As a party we would sign up to the commitments made by the Council in 2014, we are also the only party to suggest increasing transport funding to make all the ideas possible.

There is however, one proviso as the current Sheffield Green Party is for a 20mph limit on all residential streets (excluding main routes). We appreciate this isn’t thoroughly nuanced, but is because defining residential streets is fraught with difficulty, for example the ring through the Manor. However, we would welcome input from Cycle Sheffield in developing a more stringent definition and would be very open to having a longer discussion on this issue.
As an additional statement, we believe that this sums up the view of the Sheffield Green Party: “Walking and cycling should be safer, more convenient and more enjoyable than driving. We feel as a party and through our elected representatives we have a strong record in Sheffield of supporting cycling. Further, we will continue to push for more support and prioritisation for walking and cycling in Sheffield.

 

Labour

Cycling has clear health and environmental benefits, which is why we remain committed to making cycling safer in Sheffield by delivering on the promises we made in 2014.

20mph zones have been delivered in many residential areas and we are on the way to delivering this city-wide.

We will be piloting safe routes to schools for cycling and walking.

We also remain committed to increasing the number of protected spaces for cyclists on main roads and through junctions.

We are confident that our plans will better protect cyclists and increase the number of people cycling in Sheffield.

Liberal Democrat 

  1.  Build high quality protected space for cyclists on main roads and through junctions? As Liberal Democrats, we believe in maximising choice and therefore believe that anyone who chooses to cycle should be able to do so safely. We would like to see more and better cycle lanes, enforcement against cars that park in cycle lanes and through the Streets Ahead project, smoother, safer road surfaces for cyclists.
  1. Implement 20mph zones in all residential areas? We want to make our roads safer, we believe in the importance of local consultation and therefore would want to consult residents before changing speeds limits to 20mph.
  1. Improve local communities by stopping rat-runs on residential streets whilst leaving them open for people walking and on bikes? Again, this is something we think local communities and residents should be consulted before changes are made to road layouts.
  1. Create safe routes to schools for cycling and walking? Yes, we would like to work with local people and communities on the best ways and routes to provide this. We also support and encourage walking buses to school as a way of avoiding car use on the school run.

Additional comments –

The Liberal Democrats are committed to making cycling as accessible and safe as possible.

Whilst in Government coalition, former Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP, Nick Clegg granted £114 million under the Cycling Ambition Cities Programme to fund cities ‘to develop local cycling networks, increase protection for cyclists at junctions and traffic hot spots and help prevent accidents’.

We were very disappointed that Sheffield City Council’s Labour administration, despite being eligible for the first wave of funding, failed to submit a bid. Nearby Manchester and Leeds both received £22 million each.

TUSC

 TUSC councillors would support the commitments made by the Council in 2014 towards a cycle-friendly Sheffield. However, TUSC believes that to deliver on those requires a No Cuts policy. Whilst many of the measures proposed are not in themselves expensive, in a climate of government imposed council funding cuts which unfortunately our City council are not resisting, such cycle-friendly measures are the ‘easiest’ to cut and are likely therefore to be cancelled or delayed.

A good example is the continued cuts to bus services by First and Stagecoach but endorsed by the Council. This has continued the trend of reduced bus passenger numbers and increased car traffic, which only adds to the congestion, pollution and dangers faced by cyclists and further putting off other would be cyclists.

TUSC supports the Sheffield No Cuts Peoples Budget proposed this year by a coalition of trade unions and community groups. This alternative budget involved the use of reserves to not make cuts in 2016-17, as a first step in a campaign with other local authorities to force central government to concede the funding needed to maintain the jobs and services we so desperately need. Within that 10 point Peoples Budget was a commitment to oppose cuts to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport.

TUSC councillors would work with CycleSheffield and local community organisations to work out a fully-costed comprehensive cycle-friendly policy, and include that within any alternative budget, and encourage CycleSheffield and others to become actively involved in a city wide campaign to win the funding necessary to deliver on such commitments.

 UKIP

You may be aware that it is not UKIP policy to give out pre-election endorsements to any pressure group or organisation. However, if you examine the past Minutes of Council Meetings you will see that in the past, UKIP have always supported improving conditions for cycling in Sheffield.

TELL SHEFFIELD COUNCIL THAT A “GREEN CITY’ MUST HAVE A HIGH QUALITY CYCLE NETWORK

Sheffield City Council is currently consulting on the final report of the Sheffield Green Commission.

The report can be seen here: Green Report

Please respond to the consultation, it is very straightforward and should only take a few minutes to complete.

The consultation is here.

You need to indicate whether or not you agree with each part of the report.

You can make optional pledges to help support the implementation of a Green City.

CycleSheffield pledged to continue campaigning for a high quality and extensive cycle network which is accessible to all. The creation of this network would address many of the issues raised by the Green Report.

You can add an optional final comment.

Our final comment is below. You are welcome to use our response as the basis for your own, or to express support for our response.

Sheffield needs a high quality cycle network which links residential areas with workplaces, leisure opportunities, schools, shops etc across the entire city region.  Sheffield needs to adopt high quality standards for cycle infrastructure which is included in all new developments, not added on as an afterthought or if there is room. Most people will not choose to make their journeys by bike unless they feel it is safe, convenient and easy to do.

The creation of a high quality cycle network should be a priority for the Sheffield City Region as it directly addresses three of the four high priority “game changing” visions of the Green Report:

  • Sheffield is a connected city
  • Sheffield is energy secure and sustainable for today and for the future
  • Sheffield is a green city both in its urban core and its surrounding landscape.

The creation of a high quality cycle network will lead to a modal shift in how people make their journeys in Sheffield. This will have important health benefits – allowing people to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives; environmental benefits – reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions by reducing the number of motor vehicles; economic benefits – cyclists spend more than motorists and are more likely to use local shops and amenities; assist with sustainable economic growth and mobility by reducing road congestion and therefore journey times. It will improve the quality of life for people in Sheffield; cycling is a cheap and therefore inclusive mode of transport, which is important especially in Sheffield where ⅓ of households don’t have access to a car (census 2011). Higher levels of cycling will mean less motor traffic which will improve neighbourhoods and communities as streets will be become more livable and safer with less air and noise pollution.

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CycleSheffield’s Response to the Sheffield Plan Consultation (Citywide Options for Growth)

Sheffield City Council has begun consultation on a ‘Sheffield Plan – the City-wide Options for Growth to 2034’. CycleSheffield has produced the following response to the 1st stage of the consultation which we submitted on the 15/01/16.

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Why Sheffield needs a high quality cycle network

 Health

It’s important to develop the city’s cycling infrastructure to encourage people to cycle. Developing cycling infrastructure is important to incorporate physical activity into people’s everyday lives. Danish levels of cycling in the UK would save the NHS £17 billion within 20 years. A high quality Cycle Network means that people spend time outdoors without even thinking about it. Moving around by bike is something that is accessible to everyone given a network of routes which are safe, feel safe and take you where you need to go. “[Cycling] is accessible and appealing to population groups that often have low levels of participation in sport and other forms of leisure-time physical activity (Buehler et al, 2011).”

Economy

To support our district centres, we must make them easier to get to by walking and cycling. Once people are used to travelling by car, it’s too easy to simply drive further to out of town shopping centres which will harm our local district centres, lead to an increase in congestion and air pollution, and harm our local high streets.

The Retail Quarter must do better for cycling, as per our detailed response to the planning application where we raised significant concerns around the transport plan. http://www.cyclesheffield.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CycleSheffield-Retail-Quarter-Reponse.pdf

We think we should recognise that creating a comprehensive cycle network will attract big business (and especially their employees) to Sheffield. A recent consultation about the London Cycle Superhighways received responses from businesses with a combined number of employees in the tens of thousands. It included responses such as the one below from Unilever PLC (1,200 London staff and €50 billion turnover). You can read them all at http://cyclingworks.wordpress.com.

‘We have tragically lost employees in the past who have been killed while trying to cycle to or from work. We do not want to lose any more. Our sister head office building in Rotterdam is surrounded by cycle lanes and an efficient urban tramway system. We see the benefits to urban mobility and quality of life.

We value employee satisfaction, health, and wellbeing and that’s why we proudly endorse the plans outlined by TfL to create new segregated routes through the heart of the city. Both the proposed north–south and east–west routes will help us attract and retain the employees our business needs to continue to thrive. These plans are good for business, for London, and for all Londoners whether they cycle or not.

We believe the proposals will make London a more attractive place to build a business, to work, and to conduct business. We also note strong evidence from cities around the world that more cycling increases spending in local retail businesses and lowers air pollution levels. We support the plans and hope they can be delivered as soon as possible.’

Doug Baillie, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever (1,200 London staff, €50 billion turnover)

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It is clear that to create the environment of ‘urban mobility and quality of life’ which is so attractive to businesses such as these we must improve our city environment. We must make spending time outside a normal part of people’s daily lives through the creation of a high quality cycle network.

People who cycle tend to spend more than people who drive – “Visiting cyclists spend an average of £25 per day on locally provided food and services, compared to car-borne visitors £7.30. Car users bring what they’ll need with them, whereas cyclists can’t” (European Cyclists Federation). A 2014 New York City Department of Transport Study found that streets where protected cycle lanes were installed saw an increase in retail sales by up to 24% greater than comparator sites without cycle lanes.

Inclusivity

Cycling is an inclusive method of transport, especially in Sheffield were ⅓ of households don’t have access to a car (census 2011), we must do much more to give people freedom to move around by giving them the choice to cycle. The only way to achieve this is via a high quality, comprehensive cycle network. Shifting just 10% of journeys from car to bike would increase mobility of the nation’s poorest families by 25%.

Environment

Sheffield currently suffers from very poor air quality mainly as a result of vehicle emissions, it will continue to do so until people can make their journeys by walking, cycling or public transport more easily, quickly and conveniently than they can by car. Shifting just 10% of journeys from car to bike would reduce air pollution significantly. Cycling saves a third of road space compared to driving and will help cut congestion.

What is needed

We think that Sheffield needs a real cycle network connecting the entire city region not just improving existing infrastructure which is patchy and of varying quality. Sheffield needs to adopt high quality standards for cycle infrastructure which is included in all new developments not added on as an afterthought or if there is room. It should be a given, just as pedestrian pavements are included on a street, that safe space for cycling is included.

The transport network must include cycle network which allows people to make journeys safely and conveniently by bike. It needs to link residential areas with workplaces, leisure opportunities, schools, shops etc. Increasing cycling will reduce congestion and air pollution which would make the city more attractive to residents and businesses. The cycle network needs to extend out into the Peak District to provide fair and equal access for all.

It is important to have good cycling links between the city centre to other residential areas so people can travel easily and safely between them. Encouraging private car use will add further congestion, making places less attractive to visit, and people will choose to visit out of town developments instead.

Answers to specific questions in the Sheffield Plan

Q32 – Should parking policies be changed so that less off-street parking is required (meaning more parking on-street)?

No

If parking is encouraged informally on a street then there are problems for people cycling and walking. Some of the problems are people cycling having to swerve, parking on pavements, and the risk of running into open car doors. If on street parking is permitted then it should be designed into the street into designated areas.

On road parking is an extremely inefficient use of space in a city, especially if it hasn’t been designed in from the start.

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However we do need to provide parking for bicycles, both on street and off street. Bike parking takes up 8 times less space than cars, helping to free up space.

We need to provide parking for bicycle where people live, not just at people’s destinations. If it’s difficult for someone to get on their bike, they are less likely to choose to travel by bike. I would refer you to Dutch housing regulations which state that each home must have a place to store bicycles. This article outlines the approach well and includes a video. We would support this approach in Sheffield. https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/parking-your-bike-at-home/

Q49: Where should the Supertram network be extended?

The Supertram network should be extended, we don’t have an opinion on where. However it should be designed so that it doesn’t endanger cyclists. CycleSheffield have been collecting reports of crashes on the tram lines for over a year now and have had over 250 reports. A map of these is available here  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zUOBSdPNPOfg.k1ohLkAyXvek&usp=sharing

We’d refer you to the draft Cycling/Tram Network report that’s currently being produced by David Caulfield’s team which identifies the key dangers.

Whenever people have to cross tram lines by bike, they are at risk, these crossing should be minimised. Either by providing separate off road cycle routes where possible or alternative cycle lanes which are direct and continuous alternative route must be provided and clearly signed.

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Q50: Do you support the proposal to expand Park and Ride in the south of the city? Please provide reasons for your answers

Yes.

We would argue that instead of just the bus/train/tram being an option, the park and ride sites should link into the cycle network and allow people to continue their journey by bike.

As well as a good cycle network, having facilities for people to borrow bicycles would also help.

Q51: Do you support the principle of segregating the cycle network from other traffic?

Yes!

In July 2011, the Department for Transport produced the report “Climate Change and Transport Choices”. It found that when people were presented with the statement “it’s too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”, nearly two thirds agreed, with only a quarter actively disagreeing. Almost a half of the respondents said that they simply will not cycle on roads.

Agreement with the statement “it’s too dangerous for me to cycle” rose with age, and was significantly higher from women, with almost three quarters of women agreeing to around half of men. The results applied equally to urban and rural dwellers.

This is consistent with evidence a number of other sources including more DfT studies, Sustrans, Transport for London, Transport for Greater Manchester, The BBC, London Cycling Campaign and the Northern Ireland Executive.

We would point to these studies as evidence that for more people to cycle, they need protected space away from motor traffic.

We would refer you to Sheffield’s draft cycling network standards. We feel that these are an excellent basis for designing roads that make cycling an option for all. David Caulfield’s team are coordinating this.

In summary:

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  • Where roads are less busy, through traffic should be removed via filtered permeability and speeds should be lowered.

Filtered permeability is a road design that still allows through-access for walking and cycling, but removes it for motor traffic.

This can be achieved either by a straightforward physical closure with bollards (or other engineering), or by the use of opposed one-way streets (with exemptions for cycling), or simply by signs.

Once a road or street has been ‘filtered’, it remains accessible to motor vehicles, but is no longer usable as a through-route.

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Things are changing at CycleSheffield. Can you help us?

As of mid-March Matt (our Chair) and I (our Secretary) will be cycling away from Sheffield to begin our next two-wheeled adventure, riding and camping our way around Europe for a year. We will be very sad to go and to say goodbye to many good friends and lovely new friends we’ve only just met, but after many happy years in Sheffield we both feel we are ready for the next adventure.

As exciting as this is for us, it means that CycleSheffield is losing two very active campaigners and committee members. We will be leaving behind good, committed people but they really need your help to continue to build on the work of the last couple of years in building our profile, running more visible and more effective campaigns such as Space for Cycling, while continuing to dig up dirt and keep up pressure on Sheffield Council.

We hope that we’ve helped point CycleSheffield in the right direction and got the ball rolling nicely: now it’s over to you. Can you help with any of the following roles/areas?

Organising our 2016 Space for Cycling ride
Organisers and volunteers needed ASAP to make our 2016 ride happen!
Help with route planning, event planning, marshalling,refreshments, promotion etc.. all needed. Don’t be shy!

Campaigns
Come up with ideas for campaigns based on what’s happening locally and our goals.
Work with volunteers and committee members to run campaigns, create resources needed, publicise the campaign and encourage members and the public to take part, then keep track of the results.

Secretary
Attend our monthly committee meetings
Make sure we have a meeting room and refreshments for committee meetings
Write and circulates committee meeting agendas
Take minutes (or arranges for someone else to do this) and circulate them
Answer email enquiries to our info@cyclesheffield.org.uk email address

Events
Arrange socials for CycleSheffield members.
Arrange events for members and the public.
Could be rides, talks, trips to the pub, film screenings – we would love to hear your ideas.

Membership development
How can we promote and increase membership?
Can we build links with other local groups in order to boost membership numbers via affiliate memberships?
Manage membership benefits e.g local discounts.

Keeping an eye on council plans, working on strategy
Work with a team to identify schemes which may affect cycling.
Look at scheme drawings and assessing whether they are good or bad for cycling.
Gain an understanding of the local decision making processes and factors which affect cycling provision in Sheffield.
Follow the development of the Sheffield City Council Cycle Strategy and trying to positively shape it.

Communications
Can you put together our monthly email newsletter for members?
Can you help run the Facebook and Twitter pages?
Can you help build links with local media?
Can you write press releases/help get press coverage of our campaigns?

Please email us at info@cyclesheffield.org.uk if you can help 🙂

Thanks

Emma Metcalfe, Secretary of CycleSheffield

How will the Sheffield Retail Quarter Planning Application affect Cycling?

Please come along to our event on Tuesday evening when we’ll be walking around the site, explaining the planned changes and discussing how CycleSheffield should respond, followed by a pub trip. Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a cycling expert or planning geek! It’s a great chance to get involved and meet people if you’ve not been involved before. We’re starting at 18:30 in Barkers Pool in the city centre. More info here.

You can read the final CycleSheffield response to the Sheffield Retail Quarter planning application here.

KEY PARTS OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION AFFECTING CYCLING & WALKING

When trying to assess how highways schemes and transport plans will impact on cycling it’s crucial to look not just at cycle routes themselves but also driving and bus routes and how these will interact with and impact on cycle and walking routes.

Increased traffic caused by new carparks must be carefully planned to avoid compromising cycling and walking routes

The plans include two new multi-storey carparks in the city centre, meaning two new key destinations where private motor vehicles will drive.

Cars heading to carparks

  • From the south: access via Charter Row and Rockingham Street.
  • From the north: access via Broad Lane, Rockingham Street, West Street and Westfield Terrace

Cars leaving carparks

  • Heading south: Via Wellington Street to Fitzwilliam Street and Charter Row.
  • Heading north: Via Rockingham Street to Broad Lane.

What this means is that Wellington Street, Fitzwilliam Street, Westfield Terrace, West Street and Division Street will all see increased levels of motor traffic, but Moorhead and Pinstone Street will see reductions in traffic. The area around the two car parks will be a complicated system of one ways streets, restricted turns and bus gates. A lot of things are changing and walking around it on Tuesday will help us to understand.

Overall Traffic Map

Protected space for cycling is needed where traffic is set to increase

Increased traffic on Fitzilliam Street with no protected space for cycling planned (the junction of Fitzwilliam and Charter Row is being widened to accommodate increased motor traffic). This road is fairly heavily used by cyclists and forms an important route in the city centre.

Fitzwilliam Street

Built-in hazards such as cycle lanes on the outside of parked cars are not acceptable

The route from the bottom of Devonshire Green along Wellington Street past the Devonshire Cat and Bike Rehab will become one way towards Fitzwilliam Street and will be used by traffic leaving the car parks. The plans show a contraflow cycle lane, but it is shown on the outside of on street parking next to oncoming traffic.

Bike routes must be convenient if they are to provide a viable alternative to driving

When the cycle lane on Wellington Street reaches Trafalgar Street, the straight ahead movement is not possible because the car park entrance and exit is a one way street with no cycle contraflow. If on a bike, you’ll have to join car park traffic on Trafalgar Street going north. This is both an unnecessarilly uphill (straight on is flat to the City Centre), and there be lots of traffic with no protected space for cycling.

Wellington Street

The new Cycle Hub must be safe and convenient to access

There are plans for a cycle hub, with parking, facilities and a shop inside the main multi-storey car park, however it is in the place with the most motor traffic and providing a comfortable environment to actually cycle there will probably be difficult and require some compromise.

Vibrant streets like Division Street must be protected from increased motor traffic

We may see additional traffic on Division Street leaving the multi-storey car parks, heading towards both Glossop Road, and St Georges Terrace. It’s possible that some traffic won’t use the prescribed route to Broad Lane via Rockingham Street and will cut through here. It’s not appropriate to increase traffic levels on these streets, they don’t have any protected space for cycling and are key ‘places’ and hubs of pedestrian activity and city life.

People must be able to cross roads safely & conveniently

Another concern is increased levels of traffic at the junction between West Street and Rockingham Street. This is a crossroads which is crossed by thousands of people every day but only one arm has a signalised pedestrian crossing. There is a question mark over whether pedestrian crossings on the other three crossings will be provided, the planning application has conflicting information on this.

Rockingham Street

Rat-running must be prevented

Under the current plans it will remain possible to drive right through Sheffield City Centre bypassing the ring road. From Broad Lane to Ecclesall Road, and also in the opposite direction. It shouldn’t be possible to do this and these routes should be closed.

The city centre should be a destination, not a through route. Catering for through traffic in the city centre restricts our ability to create a nicer place to cycle and to live.

It’s not all bad…

A chance to create protected space and improve journeys from the south of the city

Charter Row will be closed to private motor traffic at Charter Square which means that there will be no cars crossing Moorhead or driving up Pinstone Street. The plans show cycling facilities running from the old Charter Square roundabout to Moorhead and the uphill direction on Pinstone Street will become bicycle only. This will be a great route into town from the South of the city. However these changes are outside the scope of the Retail Quarter, Sheffield Council are planning to develop this themselves using money from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF).

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Requiring all private motor traffic to turn off Charter Row into Rockingham Street (a single carriageway in each direction), means that space will be freed up on Charter Row which currently has multiple lanes in each direction. This space could easily be used to provide protected space for cycling, again, improving journeys massively into the city centre from the south of the city.

If you’d like to join us on Tuesday evening to discuss these issues (even if you don’t understand them), then please do come along. Everyone is welcome and it’s an excellent opportunity to get introduced to the work that CycleSheffield does. Hope to see you all soon.

 

Well done! Cycling provision most frequently raised topic in Sheffield Retail Quarter consultation

The results of the Sheffield Retail Quarter consultation are out and cycling issues were the top two issues raised. CycleSheffield organised postcards made up 30% of all responses to the consultation.

A huge thanks to everyone who filled one in or helped hand them around.

Responses to Sheffield Retail Quarter consultation
Responses to Sheffield Retail Quarter consultation
Topics raised in response to the consultation
Topics raised in response to the consultation

The planning application has been submitted and it’s time for us to review it.

We’ll be holding a public meeting on Tuesday 8th September at 1830, everyone is welcome to come along, even if you don’t know us. We’ll walk around the site and explain what the plans mean for cycling, looking at the roads, junctions and key routes. We’ll then head to a pub somewhere to share views and discuss what we’ve seen. Please do come along if you’d like to find out more about what the scheme means for cycling. All the details are on our Facebook event here.

If you’d like to swat up before the event then the key documents to read are the Design and Access Statement(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), the Framework Travel Plan(1,2,3,4), and the Transport Assessment(1,2,3,4,5,6,7). These should all be read in conjunction with the big set of drawings in the Parameter Plans document. I’ve put them all here.

Hope to see lots of you next week.

CycleSheffield 2015 AGM – Monday 15th June, 7pm, Showroom Cafe Bar

Monday 15th June, Showroom Cafe Bar, Paternoster Road, Sheffield, S1 2BX

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It’s been a big year for Cycle Sheffield so come and share our achievements & discuss plans for the future. Chair, Matt Turner will present the highlights of the last year and give an overview of some of the challenges and opportunities which currently face in Sheffield.

Everyone welcome!

Please arrive 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

7:00pm to 7:45pm – AGM and review of the year: agenda below.

7:45pm to 8:15pm – A chance to chat to everyone, mingle, and talk about cycling in Sheffield.

8:15 to 8:45pm – A presentation from Matt – Designing Cycling Into the City: Why Sheffield Should Go Dutch; Matt Turner of Cycle Sheffield explains how the Dutch approach to designing urban spaces affords Dutch families a quality of life and freedom which is the envy of Europe. Prepare to be educated, inspired and very jealous!

8:45pm to close – We’ll have the room all evening so stay and chat. A good chance to meet this year’s committee and other members of CycleSheffield.

Food (until 9pm) and drink is available from the bar throughout.

Agenda

1. Apologies & introductions

2. Minutes of last AGM

3. Reports from committee members – what we’ve done and what we may do

4. Finance

4.1 Treasurer’s Report

4.2 Voting on a change of membership subs. See proposal below.

4.3 Approval of annual budget see https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j12JPN4wTtoz_5ZImn2GeYExE5GlC9XjnWT7NdiRKgU/edit?usp=sharing

5. Election of 2014/15 officers & committee members – see below

6. Any other competent business duly notified and date of next AGM

Join the Cycle Sheffield committee

We’re looking for people to join our organising committee and help us in our campaign for a more cycle-friendly Sheffield. You don’t have to be a ‘cycling expert’; you just need to have an interest and a desire to change things.

The formal committee roles are –

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Membership Secretary

  • Trustee

We may also elect a Chair at the AGM

and Matt Turner is standing again as Chair

The committee can be 9 in all and other roles can be negotiated (e.g Can you help us organise events/socials? Grow our membership? Assist with our campaigns?)

The committee meets once a month and all committee meetings are open to all members and any member can join in with campaigning.

Please forward any nominations to us by email or speak to one of the committee members if you’re interested.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM.

Item 4.3 Proposed subs

It is proposed that members subs will be as below for Sep 1 2015 – 31 Aug 2016.

  • CycleSheffield minimum subs if paid/renewed by standing order are £4 (concessions), £6 (individual), £8 (household). NB no change

  • CycleSheffield minimum subs if paid/renewed in cash at a CycleSheffield meeting or stall event are £4, £6, £8. NB no change

  • CycleSheffield minimum subs if paid/renewed by cheque or PayPal are £5, £7, £9. NB £1 pa rise for all types of members.  Cash and standing orders are cheaper and easier to process.

  • CycleSheffield subs if paid for new members at a stall event are £4 (concessions), £5 (individual or family)  – maintaining our one-off offer for newly recruited members at fairs and events which has been very successful.

  • Members are encouraged to pay more than the minimum and that will depend on the value they attach to CycleSheffield and their means.  We sincerely thank all members who have taken the opportunity to voluntarily increase their sub over the past year.

CycleSheffield elects a new Chair!

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Today Matt Turner has been announced as the new Chair of CycleSheffield following Mick Nott’s decision to stand down.

Matt Turner
Matt Turner

29 year old Matt said “I want to see a Sheffield where everyone has the freedom to ride a bike, and I’ll make sure that CycleSheffield will be at the forefront of that effort. With our Space for Cycling campaign and our work with Sheffield City Council on developing a cycling strategy we’re making a real impact. We’ll hold the council to their aim of getting 15% of trips made by bicycle by 2025, just 10 years away.”

Outgoing Chair Mick Nott said “I have been Chair since 2012 and felt it was time for a change; not least because I am too old for this game! Plus it gives me the time to pay attention to my other role as Secretary of CycleSheffield.  I have really appreciated the support from our members and my Committee colleagues in taking a lead for CycleSheffield. I congratulate Matt and have no doubt that he will be a very capable and innovative Chair.”

CycleSheffield has a strong team of committee members but there’s always room for more people to get involved. We’re about to launch our Space for Cycling campaign which will see hundreds riding through Sheffield on our campaign ride next month and our website will let people email their local election candidates to ask them to support Space for Cycling. Please get in touch with Emma if you’d like to help with the organisation of the campaign.

Speaking about the future of cycling in Sheffield Matt said “The past couple of years have been hard and there have been many setbacks, but it feels like change is in the air. The new University Masterplan shows real promise for cycling provision and is a real step change from anything that we’ve seen recently. The plans include a well designed protected crossing across Upper Hanover Street, removal of traffic from Leavygreave road and a much nicer environment for people on foot and bike.”

If you’d like to help with any of our campaigns then please get in touch. There has never been a more exciting time to get involved.