Mass cycle ride in Sheffield to demand safer road conditions

Protesting cyclists gather outside the Town Hall
Protesting cyclists gather outside the Town Hall

Hundreds of bicycle riders will pedal through the centre of Sheffield as part of a campaign to push cycling further up the political agenda.

The Space for Cycling mass ride is happening on Saturday, and organisers are hoping to exceed last year’s turnout of 215 riders.

The free 6km mass ride will start at 10.30am in Barkers Pool, and aims to draw attention to a national campaign to create safer conditions for cyclists.

Demands for action include safer school routes, protected space for cyclists on main roads, reduced through-traffic and lower speed limits in residential areas.

Marshals will manage the ride’s route, keep the group together and the pace steady.

The event will link up with the Sheffield Brompton Ride, happening the same morning but only for riders on folding bikes.

It has been organised for the third year by the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative shop on Broadfield Road, Heeley, in association with London Brompton Club.

The ride will leave Sheffield Railway Station at 10.30am before heading out to the countryside.

A planned circular loop will take riders from the city centre and back again through Malin Bridge, Worrall, High Bradfield, Dale Dike, Low Bradfield and Loxley in the north of Sheffield.

The route will be about 15 miles.