This is how you can give your views on Sheffield's roads and paths to make them safer for walkers and cyclists

People are being asked to give their views on their experiences of walking and cycling, through a new interactive map.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 9:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 1:33 pm
Dame Sarah Storey and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis.

Dame Sarah Storey, Mayor Dan Jarvis’ active travel commissioner, is inviting people from across Sheffield to highlight what is and what is not working on South Yorkshire’s current network of roads, cycle paths and footpaths.

Dame Sarah’s team is asking for the views of those already walking and cycling regularly and also those who don’t feel they are able to yet, including people using adapted bikes or mobility aids.

She said: “I want to hear what you think about South Yorkshire’s roads and footways as they are at the moment, to help my team and I improve them for you in the future.

“For those parents who struggle with buggies and worry about when their toddlers want to run on ahead, or the teenagers who don't feel safe walking to school and people using wheelchairs or have mobility aids, what are your journeys like now? And how could they be improved and made safer? Do you face challenges on what should be the simplest of journeys?

“I am committed to being led by communities, I want to know what works for you and what doesn’t.”

All contributions will be used as part of the work taking place with South Yorkshire’s four local authorities to help plan what the region’s Active Travel Network could look like by 2040.

The comments made on the interactive map will be used alongside those of transport planning experts to ensure the network is suitable, safe and accessible for the communities it will serve.

Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor, said: “The car has been king for far too long. The health of our planet and its people is rapidly deteriorating, our children are breathing dirty air and we are in the midst of an obesity crisis. We must offer people an alternative to driving which is safe and accessible for all.

“By asking people what they need and working with some of the country’s most knowledgeable active travel experts, we will create a network which will provide people with a genuine alternative to driving.”

The Active Travel Interactive Map can be found at sheffieldcityregion.org/cyclewalkSCR. All comments are anonymous but can be shared to social media using #CycleWalkSCR.