Sheffield urged to go bonkers for biking

Sheffielders are being urged to go biking bonkers as excitement surrounding the arrival of the Tour de France continues to build.

A wide ranging programme of initiatives is being drawn up by the city council all designed to make cycling simpler.

The ideas are set to build upon the boom in biking over recent years, increasing benefits to health, the economy and the environment.

More will be done to improve facilities for mountain biking and BMX riding, and work will be carried out with the Peak District National Park to develop leisure and sports cycling.

The legacy will continue far beyond the events of early July - work will go on to encourage more people to cycle into work and provide training for those who need it.

Officers want to see more use of the city’s green cycle routes, linking in to residential areas where 20mph limits are in place.

The target is to double the number of people cycling to work over the next ten years.

New cycle parking facilities will be introduced in key locations, while ‘bike doctor’ sessions will help cyclists maintain their machinery.

Facilities for bike hire will be extended to build on the work by the University of Sheffield, based around the city centre at the transport interchange, both university campuses and at residential blocks.

New bike hubs will be created – one in the city centre and at two satellite locations – to provide storage and changing facilities, maintenance and repair, and bike hire.

Council spokesman Simon Green said: “Our aim is to get a much broader range of local people cycling - not just healthy people or sporty young males, but people of all ages and backgrounds, in urban and rural areas.”