*Updated with data from a count on the 07/02/23*
Living in Greenhill, I was pleased to see the Little London Road (LLR) get filtered, as it would give me a safer cycle route to the City Centre (and on my way to work).
I’m a fan of numbers, and data. I thought it would be interesting (if only for me!) to see how the numbers of people walking and cycling on LLR changed over the coming years.
So, on Thursday, August 11th, I counted people walking and cycling, through the LLR, and Rydal Road filters. For one hour, between 7:45 and 8:45am. I then continued on to work.
The 2 dates in October allowed for a comparison between lovely, and awful weather – see below for the results:
August 11th : 135 people : 60 cyclists / 75 pedestrians. The concrete blocks had only been in place for a few days, I thought this would be a good opportunity to record a benchmark.
October 4th : 176 people : 85 cyclists / 91 pedestrians. 40% increase in cyclists, 20% increase in pedestrians (compared to August).
October 20th (rain) : 168 people : 79 cyclists / 89 pedestrians. 32% increase in cyclists, 21% increase in pedestrians (compared with August).
February 7th: (very cold) 215 people – 88 cyclists / 127 pedestrians. 46% increase in cyclists, 69% increase in pedestrians (compared to August).
I initially started this survey with a view to repeating it next year, but it seems there is some value in more month-by-month detail, and it’s also clear that *something* has changed in Sheffield, there are visibly more people cycling, the results from the surveys back this up.
And we finally have an answer to the question : how many people will ride in the rain? = 93% of those who ride when it’s dry (mudguards and a jacket make a massive difference!). Although the gap was closing fast towards the end of the rainy-count, it’s easy to guess that many people hit the snooze button, hoping the rain would pass!
It is no stretch to suggest that hundreds of people are already making use of the Sheaf Valley Route. I’ve literally counted them.
I was joined for the 20th October survey, by councillor Maroof Raouf, it was dark and raining – his company was much appreciated!
It is important to consider the following things :
1) The results represent a single hour. The totals for the entire day would of course be much higher.
2) There is no pavement under the railway bridge, pedestrians are forced into the road – on a double-blind bend. It was a dangerous position for pedestrians before the filter, this increase in safety is very welcome.
3) The rest of the ‘Sheaf Valley Cycle Route’ remains very much unimproved, The numbers of users will obviously increase significantly once the full route is completed. Please contact your councillors to ask that delivery is sped up!
Personally, I have changed my commuting habits to make use of Little London Road, riding to work three times a week. This is saving me at least £40/month, given the rising cost of living I cannot afford for the traffic filters to be removed!