We’ve started a dialogue with the council about which cycle facilities work in Sheffield and which ones don’t.
This is what we’ve figured out so far:
Asline rd contraflow lane (except for the spurious road sign halfway along that obstructs it and the people who park on it)
Cycle lanes that allow you to do what cars can’t, e.g. the contra flow on Pinstone St. or the bit that takes you from Trippet Lane to Townhead St.
Staveley Road / Saxon Road / Little London Road: Nice alternative to busy main roads.
Meadowhall to Butterthwaite Lane on old railway line, lovely, although barriers could be wider.
Cycle lanes under Hanover Way / Ecclesall Road roundabout. Retrofitting cycle lanes here does mean that visibility [of
pedestrians / other cyclists] is tricky at the exits but it’s all at fairly low speed so it all sort of works.
Howard St & Sheaf St: Both work well mixing peds & cyclists (visibility problem of peds reaching crossing from bus station though)
St. Georges Terrace / Beet St / top of Upper Allen S
Sunny Bank. The second oldest cycle facility in Sheffield (the oldest one is in Darnall) has proved it’s worth innumerable times over the years. The crossing facility across Ecclesall Rd works well – it’s when you get to Summerfield St that the problems start.
Spital Hill at Tescos .esp. the cycle lane tapering
Spital Hill uphill (already mentioned, but bears repeating) –
Burngreave Road bus gate uphill outside Steers off license: some motorists try to cut in front of cyclists (much mitigated by assertive cycling, but that shouldn’t be mandatory). Shy cyclists going up here tucking into the left of the lane are at risk of being overtaken (in my case by a white van, prior to my Pedal Ready training to prevent a future occurrence)
Chapeltown Road when going through Ecclesfield: Cycle lane markings esp. at road islands seem to encourage cyclists to take a non-assertive location and motorists to overtake unwisely – esp. consider this stretch wrt parked cars. The problem is most acute going uphill.
Western Bank uphill just before Weston Park hospital: The pelican crossing here includes a road narrowing for the crossing. It’s difficult to assert one’s road position when cycling slowly uphill here.
Summerfield St: The cycle lanes are far too narrow on this road. It would have been better to have no cycle lanes downhill (fast cycling so less need for a cycle lane) and a wide cycle lane uphill (slow cyclists), together with the centre line being correspondingly off centre so the uphill lane would be wider than the downhill to to allow for this wide uphill cycle lane.
Glossop Road / Hanover Way junction: Tram track danger – meet tram tracks at a difficult angle, on a busy road; very bad news for tram-track-inexperienced cyclists like new students esp. if wet.
Waingate into Castle St – the cycle lane you can’t legally get into! And when you it’s full of queuing taxis.
Station Lane Oughtibridge. It doesn’t really fit as it is not a cycle facility – far from it – but I’ll throw it in. The issue is how you access Greno Woods and the TPT From Oughty.
Pinstone St to Furnival Gate cycle lane. Buses have to go into these as they make the turn.
Boulders at the Manor Way access point to the off-road section of the NCN.
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