Sheffield cyclists in mass protest ride on Saturday

Cyclists in Sheffield in mass ride through city to demand safer cycling routes in the area

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

More than 400 people are to cycle through Sheffield tomorrow (Saturday, April 25) to demand safer cycling.

It is the second time that the South Yorkshire city has held a Space for Cycling event and this year it is hoped that the number of participants riding will show the level of feeling that residents have towards inadequate and unsuitable cycle facilities.

30 councillors from the city’s wards have vowed to attend the event which aims to promote the need of safer cycle routes to schools and the benefits of enforcing lower speed limits in residential areas.

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In 2014 an inquiry by Sheffield Council reported that 95 per cent of people said that prohibitions to cycling included “concern for personal safety and perceived danger caused by poor infrastructure, road surfaces and traffic”.

Cycle Sheffield’s Matt Turner told the Sheffield Star: “We need our politicians to recognise the wider benefits of making Space for Cycling. We can make Sheffield a more pleasant place to live, with a healthier population, less traffic and cleaner air.”

Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.