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Consultation about Sainsbury’s Claywheels Lane with cyclists – regret and liability

We have learned that the consultation about Hillsborough Sainsbury’s and Claywheels Lane has not been successful and the only solution offered is sub-standard..

I have sent the email below on behalf of CycleSheffield to Leigh Bramhall who chaired the decisions committee and chairs the Highways Cabinet.
If any members live in Hillsborough ward and/or use Claywheels Lane would they adapt this email and send it to your councillors , let me know you’ve done so.
Sustrans may like to know as well
Don’t let the b*gg*rs grind you down!

Dear Leigh
cc Les Sturch, Cycle Champion
I regret to inform you that CycleSheffield is at best dismayed and at worse infuriated with the road scheme that is to be put in at the new Saisbury’s in Hillsborough.
The consultants are unable to provide a segregated two-way path of 4m for pedestrians and cyclists to access the supermarket and NCN 627 aIong Claywheels Lane.  
Their original design was 3m, We asked for 4m as per DfT guidelines but we are now informed that it can only be 3.5m otherwise the consultants and developers would have to redesign the supermarket’s car parking(!) 
It may be an accommodation by the consultants but wearily we are precisely where we don’t want to be but where we are pushed to nearly all the time – accepting sub-standard designs.
CycleSheffield feel we are at this position because there seems to be no rigour in the design and monitoring procedures.  
And designs are presented far too late for consultation or scrutiny.
The result is not what we reasonably asked for and it is not good enough because it doesn’t fit to DfT guidelines (Next time if we ask for 4.5m then do we get 4m?)
As far as we know the DfT guidelines are available to all designers, so can the advice from SCC to external consultants explicitly refer to them everytime for every development at the beginning of the design process please?
The spec had Claywheels Lane down as a Sustrans Route and there should be safe and appropriate access to Claywheels Lane for pedestrians and cyclists not only to, but also past, Sainsbury’s. 
CycleSheffield presume this was known to SCC staff responsible for monitoring progress with the designs and the consultants hired by Sainsbury’s to do the designs
So to us it looks like ignorance or neglect of design criteria and/or ignoring the public who will use the facilities and pander to the client who calls the tune with their dosh!
Having made our points and as it seems sub-standard designs are to be accepted then CycleSheffield will seek legal advice to ascertain the position if cyclists and pedestrians are in collisions with each other or with motorists on this layout – having made our reasonable points clearly we don’t want possible victims of collisions being blamed for design faults that will be the result of sub-standard design and the acceptance of sun-standard design.
We understand cycle audits will hopefully mean that situations like this are not repeated and we urge you to ensure that Highways and Transport implement these NOW.  
We will protest and resist sub-standard designs at every opportunity, and we request that those opportunities are created.
If SCC is able to ensure that external consultants share their designs within appropriate time scales then please will you make sure this has happens from NOW on. 
If this is not possible we would like an explanation as to why not
If SCC staff are monitoring external consultant’s designs then would you please ensure that they adopt a pro-active stance that recognises the city’s signed-up commitment to The Times’ campaign Cities Fit for Cycling and the Welcome to Yorkshire’s TdF legacy, otherwise these commitments are not worth the paper SCC is signing them on.
We will write to the local councillors about this particular matter and the CEO of Sainsbury’s.
SCC should be ashamed at this outcome.
yours in dismay


Mick Nott
Chair, CycleSheffield

Lots of CycleSheffield and CTC events for Bike Week 2013

From Sat 15 June to Sat 22 June 2013 CycleSheffield and Sheffield CTC are putting on lots of events.

There are all sorts of rides, countryside rides, a nightride, learn your way round town rides and even a learn-to-ride ride!
There’ll be lots of stuff on Tuesday 17 June with a CycleSheffield stall (plus cake), a Dr Bike, a view from the cab of an HGV, all in Barkers Pool, followed by a learn a routes around town ride finishing at the Harland Cafe for a bike film show.
In fact there are two film shows during the week, so get along to support all, some or any of these events organised by voluntary labour and coordinated and led by Polly

Bike Week leaflet2013-1

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Charles St – A streets ahead case study

Charles St in the city centre has been refurbished to Streets Ahead standard. Let’s have a look at what that means in practice.

View looking west. A smooth road surface and the street is free of clutter. Parking is in designated bays (there is a loading bay for the pub). Parking enforcement will still be needed to ensure that people don’t abuse the roadway of course.

One of the new LED lamp posts. These are elegant (in my opinion) energy saving and emit a strong white light that is quite different from sodium. The light face downwards so there is less light pollution escaping towards the sky. As it is a strong light, fewer posts are needed and therefore less street clutter, and Streets Ahead claim they should make people feel more confident to walk and cycle. On the downside, your view of the night sky will be reduced while you are underneath them.




Charles St Sheffield

Existing cycle lane has been re-painted and there have been some modifications to the kerbline. This lane is of adequate width, although we would prefer grade separation where it is possible for additional protection from motor vehicles.

Level transition from the cycle lane to the shared use area leading to Paternoster Row. This is particularly important when you are approaching the transition at an oblique angle – even a small difference of kerb height can cause you to catch your front wheel and come off.

Here’s what it used to look (link will be valid until Street View gets updated)

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All in all an improvement I think. Why not pedal down and take a look (and have a drink in the Red Lion while you’re there!)

(A few comments we’ve had in:

This street benefited from Section 106 planning gain money so the materials used could be of higher standard than the average Streets Ahead street.

Charles Street between Pinstone Street and Brown Street / Paternoster Row, illustrates how a useful link can be created for cyclists when making roads one-way for other traffic or implementing road closures. It has a toucan crossing, a cycle route across a road closure, shared use of a pedestrian space and two sections of contra-flow cycle route. When maintenance is carried out on the Pinstone Street to Rockingham Street section (Charles Street and Wellington Street) should the two-way cycle link be extended? This link would disappear if the Sevenstones (or has the recession reduced this to one and a half stones) development goes ahead, but it would illustrate what we are looking for from the maintenance works.

We would of course all be sad if the “cycle gate” created by putting some non-Sheffield stands too close to each other at the Arundel Gate toucan went….wouldn’t we? )