Campaigner Keith dies while cycling

Keith Hayman.

Keith Hayman.

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Environmentalist and artist Keith Hayman has died at the age of 69 while on a ride with his cycling cub.

A retired urban planner, in recent years he played a prominent role in the campaign to keep the footbridge open at Sheffield station as chair of Residents Against Station Closure.

With a Master’s degree in transport planning, he came to Sheffield in 1983 to join the city council’s economic regeneration team who were responsible for the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter.

After retirement he was able to concentrate on practising as an artist but also devoted time and energy as an organiser of arts events, including pioneering the Sheffield city centre art markets and the open studio weekends. As a former town planner and economic developer, his paintings often reflected his concern with the tension and mayhem of city life.

A long-time commuter cyclist, latterly between his home and his artist’s studio in Heeley, he was particularly keen to campaign for safer conditions in which many more people would chose to cycle.

Keith leaves a wife, Janet, and son and daughter, Matthew and Louisa. The funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Saturday at 10.30am and it is planned for members of Sharrow Cycling Club to accompany the cortege.