Sheffield’s cyclists can now top up the air in their tyres at handy locations across the city centre thanks to funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The free on-street air pumps are now available as part of a drive to make Sheffield a cycle-friendly city and improve safety for cyclists.

The pumps are permanent fixtures, bolted to the ground and are suitable for both types of tyre valve and have a handy gauge to check pressure.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, the pump is constructed from heavy duty stainless steel with an armoured air hose along with a built in tyre pressure gauge. The pump is powered by hand so it does not require any external electrical power.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “Sheffield is among the first cities in the country to introduce these bike pumps onto the streets.  Each cycle journey made has a positive impact on the economy and environment, so providing this service for free is a good investment.

“The locations were carefully chosen where cyclists park their bikes or on the main cycling routes into the city centre, so cyclists will get the maximum benefit from the pumps.

“Many cyclists, even regular ones, don’t realise how much easier and safer it is to cycle if their tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. The pumps may even be used in an emergency if someone has a puncture nearby.

“Each cycle journey made has a positive impact on the economy and environment, so providing this service for free is a real investment and will help us to save money in the long-term.”

There are 10 pumps planned across Sheffield in strategic locations.  Six are in place now  at Bridge Street/Millsands, Five Weirs Walk/Attercliffe Road, Hunters Bar roundabout, Moore Street underpass, Glossop Road (outside the shops) and Victoria Street/Leaveygreave Road.  Four more pumps will follow at Penistone Road/Rutland Road junction, Norfolk Road/Granville Road, Crowther Place/Mount Pleasant Road and at the BMX Park on Devonshire Green.

Russell Cutts from Russell’s Bicycle Shed at Sheffield Railway Station added: “We welcome the arrival of these bike pumps. They are a great addition to the local public amenities that will make cycling much easier and help to make Sheffield a more bike friendly city.”

Jeff Carroll of Pedal Ready was also supportive of the new bike pumps.  He commented: “The introduction of these pumps at convenient locations around the city will be really useful for cyclists, as properly inflated tyres are so important in improving riders’ safety.”

Other cities that have installed free cycle pumps include London, Bristol, Sydney, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Nantes.

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