These are the works that are being funded in the joint bid that Sheffield put in with the Peak District.
Some surface improvements in Wharncliffe Woods
A new cycle route from Wharncliffe Woods through Deepcar, Stocksbridge and Langsett connecting to the TPT at Thurlstone Moor (and crossing the 2014TdF route)
Surface improvements on the approach to Dunford Bridge
The estimated cost is £1.7Million, of which the grant awarded today will contribute £1.1million
Creation of a number of other new routes including
connecting the Monsal Trail into Buxton and Matlock and connecting to existing trails
A route from Staffordshire
A route through the Hope valley (though at partner discussions it wasn’t expected that this could be delivered within the timescales –so watch this space)
A grant fund for organisations to develop hubs
Funded from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) :
– Extending the Upper Don Valley route alongside Penistone Road from – Hillsborough Leisure Centre to Leppings lane (due for completion March 15)–as part of the Sainsburys development this will be further extended to Claywheels Lane
– Extending the Blackburn Valley route from Ecclesfield to Chapeltown
– Resurfacing the canal towpath between Tinsley and Rotherham (in partnership with Rotherham Council) – will be complete Sept 13
– Making improvements along the Five Weirs Walk – creating new links, filling in gaps and resurfacing (Due for completion Dec 14)
– Making improvements to cycle parking around the city – on and off highway including http://www.parkthatbike.info/
– Developing a secure cycle storage facility at Halfway park and ride (this may well (if successful) be rolled out to other tram and train based Park and ride across the county
Funded from the Local Transport Plan
– Creating a cycle link from Handsworth into the Adanced Manufacturing park at Waverley (due to be completed Dec 13)
– Improving the crossing points at Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Wood Road (programmed to be delivered summer 14)
– Opportunities for small scale cycle improvements as part of the Streets Ahead project PFI opportunities
– Improved access across the railway line from Oughtibridge into Wharncliffe Woods
Behaviour change/ Smarter choices
Funded from LSTF
– Sheffield CycleBoost (covering residents and employees in NE Sheffield, Don Valley and City Centre this scheme includes
Free bike loans and the option to buy the bike at significant discount at the end of the loan period subject to certain conditions
Free Maintenance courses and bike doctor surgeries
Free Training from beginner to advanced
Some of this programme is available to all but only runs in certain locations, I have attached the 2013 programme (this is on top of similar work with employers)
Sheffield cycle map published 2012, update due winter 2013
LSTF area bikeability map – map grading roads by the level of ability required to cycle on them – out now
As part of the LSTF project, a pop up bike kitchen in Attercliffe – this will host maintenance courses and will also be a place you can take your bike and fix it yourself by hiring tools on site. To be developed into a cycle hub.
Plans for the future
Developing a Green Routes network strategy to link much of Sheffield’s green space with cycle routes
Investigating solar powered low level way marking as many of our current ‘green’ routes are not cyclable in the dark.
Working with partners on a Tour de France legacy
On top of this parks and countryside are working on mountain biking, creating trails, improving bridleways, creating a significant social network of cyclists, plus work in schools.
So plenty going on, but lots more needs to be done. Sheffield City Council needs to have a “Shovel Ready” programme available so when funds come up they are fit to bid – bearing in mind that there is more to developing cycling than putting in cycle routes. In future bids the focus needs to be on utility cycling, since much of the work above will mostly benefit leisure cyclists.