Sheffield roads 'should not be hostile' as new shared space campaign launches

As more people return to work, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is encouraging road users to be more aware of each other and give ‘space’ where appropriate.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 3:41 pm
All road users need to give each other space, according to the campaign

With an expected rise in traffic levels as restrictions lift, many cyclists, motorbike/ scooter riders and drivers will be back out on the roads.

Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, said: “As the traffic on the daily commute begins to rise again, we all need to start thinking of the roads as a ‘shared space’ not somewhere hostile where we compete for space.

“During lockdown, many road users turned to two wheels as a socially distanced form of transport and have realised the many benefits that this brings.

“All we are asking is for everyone on our roads to think more about the space around them, which can be used more effectively by other users.”

The partnership will be using digital ad vans to highlight the issue at commuter congestion spots and this will be supported by social media posts. Messages will include tips for drivers, advice on filtering for motorcyclists, leaving space for horse riders and the benefits around reducing congestion.