Following the massive rise in cycling and walking during the Covid-19 lockdown, Sheffield City Council has laid out its initial plans for introducing temporary changes to the city’s roads to encourage active travel. The Council hopes to maximise on the uptake of alternative travel methods seen during the pandemic, and is encouraging everyone to consistently incorporate daily exercise into their everyday lives going forward.

The temporary measures will focus on supporting the social distancing of pedestrians and cyclists in shared spaces, and will include the widening of footpaths, amending signal timings at crossings to reduce the wait time for pedestrians, social distancing markings at bus stops and the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

Temporary footpath widening measures will start to be installed over the coming days in the following locations:

  • Chesterfield Road – between Haughton Road and Asda/Iceland Service Road
  • Rowlands Pharmacy – on Dykes Hall Road
  • Lloyds Pharmacy – on Far Lane/Wadsley Lane
  • Fulwood Road – on  Glossop Rd to Nile St. Broomhill centre
  • Charles Street and Union St – from above Q-Park
  • Five Weirs Walk – the diversion currently in place will be widened where the main footway is inaccessible due to construction work

Other changes will include the introduction of a temporary cycle lane between Shalesmoor Roundabout and Corporation Street, whilst Devonshire St will be partly pedestrianised from Eldon St to Carver St.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:

“I’m extremely pleased that we have been able to put the first phase of our temporary active travel measures into action.

“As we move into a new stage of lockdown, with more people potentially commuting to work and able to exercise more freely and frequently, it’s essential that we put the infrastructure in place to make sure people are able to cycle, walk and run around our city’s streets safely.

“These initiatives will mean people can exercise at a safe social distance whilst they enjoy travelling around our city with significantly reduced traffic.

“Going forward, we are working with local hubs and councillors to identify further local pinch points in our neighbourhoods, and with Sheffield City Region to monitor suggested locations for active travel infrastructure on their interactive travel map.

“I welcomed the Government’s announcement of £2bn for cycling and walking over the weekend, which supports both our intentions to expand and develop our temporary plans to cover more locations in the city, and our long-term ambition to make active travel the transport of choice for people in Sheffield.

“We are using this opportunity to support as many people as possible to make lasting changes to their daily routines that will have a positive impact on their health and our environment.”