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