Sheffield ranks bottom in cycling support

Figures published by the CTC on the 18th November put Sheffield at the bottom of England’s 8 core cities for cycling support.

The numbers are based on the number of Councillors who have signed up to back the Space for Cycling campaign in each of England’s Core Cities outside of London.

The Space for Cycling campaign was launched by the CTC in conjunction with the Bicycle Association about six months ago in a bid to increase the safety of cycling as a meaningful day to day transportation option.

The intention of the campaign is to use a combination of protected spaces on main roads, quality links through city centres and lower speeds and traffic volumes to make cycling a viable and enjoyable option for getting around.

Central Government is working on a draft ‘Cycle Delivery Plan’ that will offer local authorities funding opportunities to improve their cycling infrastructure, this will include re-designing and reworking roads and city layouts and will benefit all road users. The CTC believe that evidence of support in local authorities around the country will translate to more funding opportunities from Central Government.

The CTC has placed the eight Core Cities – Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool – into a table according to how many councillors in each authority have signed up to support the Space for Cycling campaign.

Sheffield is at the bottom of the table, with just 11% of it’s 84 councillors signing up to support the campaign. Newcastle were top of the table with 67% of their councillors signing up for the campaign. The nearest city to Sheffield – Leeds – fared almost as poorly as Sheffield with just 16% of councillors signing up.

The full table:

1. Newcastle – 67%
2. Manchester – 41%
3. Nottingham – 31%
4. Bristol – 26%
5. Birmingham – 16%
6. Leeds – 16%
7. Liverpool – 12%
8. Sheffield – 11%

In London, 47% of all London Borough councillors have signed up to back the Space for Cycling campaign.

Matt Turner, from the Sheffield Cycle Campaign, said that Sheffield risks being left behind while other cities forge ahead: “We need to change how we think about our roads and transform them into inviting places where people feel safe cycling.”

“By creating space for cycling we can improve our towns and cities, making the places we live less reliant on motor traffic.”

Sheffield was the focal point of Stage 2 of the Tour de France in 2014, with thousands of supporters lining the streets of Sheffield from High Bradfield to Attercliffe.


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