A temporary pop-up cycle lane at Shalesmoor is due to be removed following the end of its trial.
Shalesmoor pop-up cycle lane trial ends
Sheffield City Council have confirmed the trial of a cycle lane at Shalesmoor will cease at the end of August.
A pop-up cycle lane was installed on the A61 and inner ring road as part of the council’s temporary emergency infrastructure response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cycle lane will be removed over the bank holiday weekend and lanes given back over to motor vehicles.
Pre-existing cycling infrastructure, such as the narrow red cycle lanes, will remain.
Traffic levels monitored in Shalesmoor
The council have been monitoring traffic levels in the areas during the trial. Data now shows motor traffic has risen from a low of 38% of usual volumes to 82%
As volumes have increased to near-normal levels, a decision has been made to end the trial and remove the cycle lanes.
“We have been monitoring the impact of the scheme since it was implemented and feel that with traffic rising to close to normal levels and the summer holidays coming to a close it is now time to end this trial to minimise disruption in the area. This was always intended to be a temporary scheme and it has given us the valuable opportunity to see how active travel infrastructure can be incorporated into our highway network moving forward, at a time when traffic has been at an unprecedented low.”
“Although the scheme was implemented as part of an emergency response to Covid-19 and we were therefore unable to carry out our usual consultation process, feedback received during the scheme will be used to inform and improve our future projects. “The concept of active travel and creating the infrastructure to support this is a key priority for the Council and is central to our plans for improving Sheffield’s air quality, becoming carbon neutral and reducing congestion in the city.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many of us incorporating walking and bike rides into our daily routine and as we look to the future it is essential that we do everything we can to encourage people to maintain these healthy habits.”
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability
Kelham Island Low Traffic Neighbourhood to remain in place
A low traffic neighbourhood trial also implemented at the same time as the A61 cycle lanes were introduced will remain in place.
As a result, parts of Ball Street and Alma Street will remain closed to through traffic, prioritising active travel in the area.
“We have been pleased to see the implementation of more active travel infrastructure in the city centre, and a trial of a safe, segregated route for people cycling on the ring road has been important in showing what travel in the city could look like in the future if active travel is prioritised. However we feel that the creation of a Kelham Island as a low traffic neighbourhood is sufficient at the current time as it has introduced low traffic links for people cycling in the area and has wider benefits for people who live, work and socialise in Kelham.”
The cycle lanes were just one of a number of active travel measures introduced into Sheffield recently. Changes have taken place around the City Centre, which have recently been upgraded, and also at Broomhill.
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