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Shalesmoor cycle lane trial ends
The cycle lane was implemented in July as part of our work to introduce temporary emergency infrastructure to create space for social distancing and encourage people to continue walking and cycling following the Coronavirus lockdown.
Changes have been made in areas across the city as part of the scheme, which has also included widening pavements pedestrainsing busy areas to support social distancing, such as on Pinstone Street in the city centre, and the creation of a low traffic neighbourhood in Kelham/Neepsend.
This initiative has limited traffic access to the area in an effort to reduce congestion, improve air quality and encourage the use of active forms of transport such as walking and cycling.
The Council has been monitoring traffic levels in Shalesmoor throughout the trial, and data now shows that motor traffic has now risen from a low of 38% of usual volumes, to 82% in recent weeks.
The scheme will be removed over the bank holiday weekend at the end of month. The low traffic neighbourhood in Kelham will remain in place and the Council will continue to monitor the impact of this part of the scheme.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:
“We have been monitoring the impact of the scheme since it was implemented and feel that with traffic rising to close to normal levels and the summer holidays coming to a close it is now time to end this trial to minimise disruption in the area.
"This was always intended to be a temporary scheme and it has given us the valuable opportunity to see how active travel infrastructure can be incorporated into our highway network moving forward, at a time when traffic has been at an unprecedented low.
“Although the scheme was implemented as part of an emergency response to Covid-19 and we were therefore unable to carry out our usual consultation process, feedback received during the scheme will be used to inform and improve our future projects.
“The concept of active travel and creating the infrastructure to support this is a key priority for the Council and is central to our plans for improving Sheffield’s air quality, becoming carbon neutral and reducing congestion in the city.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many of us incorporating walking and bike rides into our daily routine and as we look to the future it is essential that we do everything we can to encourage people to maintain these healthy habits.”
Cycle Sheffield said:
“We have been pleased to see the implementation of more active travel infrastructure in the city centre, and a trial of a safe, segregated route for people cycling on the ring road has been important in showing what travel in the city could look like in the future if active travel is prioritised. However we feel that the creation of a Kelham Island as a low traffic neighbourhood is sufficient at the current time as it has introduced low traffic links for people cycling in the area and has wider benefits for people who live, work and socialise in Kelham.”
Peter Harrold at H Harrold & Sons said:
“We are pleased the Council has listened to the issues we put forward and acted on our concerns about the increase in congestion the scheme has created and the associated problems with access this has caused. Whilst we appreciate the need for the city to accommodate all types of travel, we feel that a more appropriate route for active travel would be through the Kelham island scheme rather than the A61.”
More information on active travel measures in Sheffield can be found here.
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