A fully segregated cycle link will be introduced between Shalesmoor roundabout and Corporation St this weekend, as part of Sheffield City Council’s active travel scheme.
Pedestrianised areas, widened footpaths and pop-up cycle lanes have been recently introduced across the city to encourage people to make walking, running and cycling their preferred mode of travel as the city begins to come out of lockdown.
The works will link the Millsands area to Kelham Island and Neepsend, creating a new route for cyclists. As part of the scheme to reduce traffic in the area, Kelham Island will become partly pedestrianised with Ball Street and Alma Road closed to vehicles and one-way restrictions will be in place on part of Green Lane. All routes will still be open for people to walk and cycle, creating a low-traffic neighbourhood.
Active travel measures have already been successfully implemented in other parts of the city centre including Division St and Pinstone St.These road closures have increased pedestrianised areas to allow more space for social distancing and encourage people to make journeys by car.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:
“This next phase of active travel measures will have a really positive impact on how people currently move around our city centre. Providing the right infrastructure is absolutely essential to changing our habits and becoming more sustainable in how we travel. This new cycle link will give cyclists their own dedicated route for getting across town and I also hope that it will encourage people who don’t usually cycle to give it a go.
“The Council has received a lot of requests to pedestrianise more areas of our city, and in creating a low–traffic neighbourhood in Kelham Island and Neepsend we will open up a space for residents to safely walk and cycle without traffic. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this scheme and hope it can be replicated in more areas of Sheffield in the future.”
Following the works at Shalesmoor and Kelham Island this weekend, further active travel measures will be put in place at Five Weirs Walk next week. From the 12th July, temporary cycle lanes are being introduced on Attercliffe Road between Princess Street and Stevenson Road to create a continued route for the Five Weirs Walk while repair works are being undertaken. Some side roads in the area will be made one-way to create more safe space for cyclists.