City cycle plan moves up a gear

A 19 point plan to encourage more people to cycle in Sheffield is due to be stepped up a gear.

The strategy, drawn up after a cycle inquiry, will be formally adopted by the council on Wednesday. It is aiming for better promotion of the cycle network and better integration with public transport. Other recommendations include cycle awareness training for bus and lorry drivers.

Coun Tim Rippon has been appointed cycling ‘champion’ to help oversee a change in culture after concerns were raised about the lack of a coherent cycling infrastructure, poor road design and maintenance, poor behaviour by motorists and Sheffield’s weather and hills.

Following the success of the Tour de France, cabinet member Leigh Bramall said: “We want people to be confident to cycle or allow their children to do so. Our streets, roads and local communities, need to become places for people, where cycling and walking are safe and normal.”