Plans for better Nether Edge cycle and walking routes to connect community with centre
Plans to connect a Sheffield community with the city centre, using safer cycling and better walking routes, have been revealed.
Sheffield Council’s Nether Edge to City Centre project will be funded by the Transforming Cities Fund and will be used to make active transport improvements – including better walking and cycling links.
Nether Edge was recognised as an area where cycling and walking would be quicker and more convenient for many people to make journeys into the city centre.
The Sheffield City Council Transport Strategy published in 2019 also found that there is a significant opportunity to reduce the number of commutes by car from the Nether Edge area to the city centre by improving active travel infrastructure, such as introducing new cycle lanes.
Proposals for the area include safe and easy to follow cycling routes from Nether Edge through Sharrow and Broomhall to the city centre.
There are also plans for a ‘school street’ around Porter Croft Primary on Pomona Street, meaning traffic will be restricted at drop off and pick-up times.
Coun Julie Grocutt, cabinet member for transport and development at Sheffield Council, said: “The plans for Nether Edge into the city centre are an exciting development in our journey to creating better routes for walking and cycling.
"The changes we are making are necessary for the future of travel in the city, not just for us but for our children.
"We know it won’t happen overnight, it will be a slow process, but our Connecting Sheffield scheme is making a strong start.”
The Nether Edge to City Centre plans, which propose new segregated cycle routes, could require the replacement of up to 30 trees to allow for the cycle path, with new trees being planted nearby.
While the route has been designed to achieve the most effective route for cycling, the final plans will depend on the outcome of the consultation with residents and groups.
Coun Grocutt added: “We will work with residents and local interest groups to make sure we can get the best possible results with the funding and space available in the community, and the plans will be shaped by the feedback from these discussions and the consultation results.”