Tuesday, July 20, 2021

News: Rotherham's hopes for high-quality cycle network

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Rotherham Council is asking for comments on its draft cycling strategy and its proposals to create cycle tracks along the A6178 Sheffield Road.

The Council has launched public consultations into two elements of its plans to improve the borough’s cycling provision and encourage more people to make more journeys by bike.

A number of cycle schemes are in the frame for funding and Rothbiz reported last year on a project at Templeborough where works include a full-width road resurface, the installation of new cycle lanes and repairs to 500 metres of damaged highway drainage. Funding via the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Comined Authority is also being tapped into for later phases and improvements closer to the town centre.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “Cycling has a key role to play in reducing traffic congestion and harmful emissions, providing affordable transport and encouraging more active lifestyles – which are good for physical and mental wellbeing. Making it easier to travel by bike benefits not just to those who cycle, but the whole community.”

Data from previous years shows that even for Rotherham residents whose commutes are less than three miles (around 20 minutes by bike), 59% drive and only 1% cycle.

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The draft Rotherham Cycle Strategy outlines broad design standards to develop a high-quality cycle network as well as a range of supporting facilities and potential services to help increase the proportion of journeys made by bike.

The Council is asking residents, businesses and road users to share feedback on the draft, and their own current travel habits.

Proposals to create cycle tracks and ease traffic congestion along the A6178 between Ickles and Templeborough form the second phase of work along Westgate and Sheffield Road to make it easier to walk or cycle between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley.

The route between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley will link to Sheffield City Council’s proposed walking and cycling links onward to Meadowhall, and to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s proposed scheme for a Tram-Train stop with a park and ride at Magna. The scheme is one of eight proposed in Rotherham using money from as part of the Transforming Cities Fund, secured through Sheffield City Region.

Rotherham businesses, residents and road-users are being asked to share their comments on the proposed design to shape the final implementation.

Cllr Beck added: “Making cycling part of everyday travel can, and must, support local communities, businesses and regeneration from the bottom up. But to do that we need everyone – especially those who don’t currently cycle – to give us their feedback on our proposals and tell us a little about their current travel habits. I encourage everyone who lives, works, trades or travels in Rotherham to take part in these consultations.”

Details of both consultations can be found here.

Images: Google Maps

6 comments:

old git July 20, 2021 at 7:07 PM  

"59% drive and only 1% cycle."

that's why they should spend money repairing roads, not making them smaller for no-one to use.

who's going to ride a bike, in preference to a car, when it's chucking it down and freezing...or in weather like today when you can have the ac on in your car.

and when you get to work on your push bike, you stink of sweat and b.o.
and if youv'e done a proper days work ou should be too knackered to ride home, especially if you work in town and live at Wickersley. up hill all the way.

p.s. i ride a road bike at weekends (claud butler vintsge) for fun, NEVER even considered it as a method of transport for work.

Anonymous,  July 21, 2021 at 12:25 AM  

Days of the car are numbered ,many won't be able to afford the new electric versions.Good riddance I say,look at the catastrophic flood in Europe,from global warming,just the start I'm afraid,the coming climate crisis will dwarf the covid pandemic.

Anonymous,  July 21, 2021 at 10:32 AM  

Another wasted project that will benefit about 0.5% of people.

Anonymous,  July 23, 2021 at 12:15 PM  

So you say you Good Riddance to cars? I suppose you don't have much to do or anywhere to go in a hurry?

Unknown July 28, 2021 at 8:29 PM  

Me I am a Walker.. needs a open day to highlight what the council r doing regarding cycling lanes.(on Sunday) have a open day on Sheffield road.. I walk along moorgate road regularly. Av yet to see a cyclist on the cycling path.. Need to start a campaign as to what and were the cycling lanes are..get the information out now..are it will be a wast....

Graldhunter August 4, 2021 at 1:43 PM  

I wonder just how many RMBC Councillors and Officers always cycle to Town Hall Towers to undertake their civic duties? Methinks it's yet more Laybah "do as I say and not as I do", grrrrrrr 😅😅😅😅😅

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