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Active Travel Map: Sheffield City Region crowdsources walking and cycling improvements

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May Dan Jarvis and Dame Sarah Storey. Photo by Sheffield City Region.

A new service encouraging residents of Sheffield City Region to suggest infrastructure improvements has attracted thousands of comments in its first weeks.

Members of the public can propose improvements to the region's walking and cycling network through the Active Travel Map.

2,250 comments have been added to the map since it launched on 16 October.

We must offer people an alternative to driving which is safe and accessible for all

"The car has been king for far too long," said Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis at the site's launch.

"The health of our planet and its people is rapidly deteriorating, our children are breathing dirty air and we are in the midst of an obesity crisis. We must offer people an alternative to driving which is safe and accessible for all."

The comments will be used alongside those of transport planning experts to improve the region's active travel network.

Sheffield city centre has already received hundreds of comments.

Complaints range from poor visibility at junctions to non-segregated cycle lanes, dangerous pavement parking and a lack of pedestrian crossings.

"I could spend hours pointing out all the awful cycle infrastructure in Sheffield," said one user. "The council needs to radically change the way it does things!"

This map is for those who walk or cycle now, and those who want to in the future

As well as suggested improvements, users can also highlight what already works well.

"This is a good example of pedestrianisation", wrote one user about the stretch of Leavygreave Road outside The Diamond. "More of this please."

Others praised the "amazing" Cycle Hub at the station.

In April, Jarvis appointed Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey as the region's Active Travel Commissioner.

"This map is for those who walk or cycle now, and those who want to in the future," said Storey.

"I want to hear what you think about South Yorkshire's roads and footways as they are at the moment, to help my team and I improve them for you in the future."

Sam Gregory

Add a comment to the Active Travel Map.

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