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CycleSheffield to host mass bike ride calling for more space for cyclists

This Saturday's family-friendly event features a marshalled route around Sheffield city centre.

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CycleSheffield's last Big Ride in 2019.

CycleSheffield.

A campaign group are hosting a mass bike ride this Saturday as part of calls for improved infrastructure for cyclists in Sheffield.

CycleSheffield's Big Ride starts at Devonshire Green at 11am, and will take a slow-paced route around the city centre with safety marshals at big junctions and accompanying the riders.

The event is intended to demonstrate support for active travel improvements in the city, including more dedicated cycle lanes, secure bike hubs and low-traffic neighbourhoods.

"We've not run the ride for a couple of years due to the pandemic, but at the last ride we had over 320 participants and are hoping for a good turn out on Saturday," Dexter Johnstone of CycleSheffield told Now Then.

"It'll be a nice steady paced ride around the city centre and hopefully the sun will be shining."

CycleSheffield are calling on candidates in May's local elections to introduce ten more low-traffic neighbourhoods, in addition to those already planned for Crookes and Nether Edge.

The group also want to see at least ten more 'School Streets' schemes, with the existing experimental projects made permanent.

This would see roads directly outside schools closed to traffic at pick-up and drop-off times, to encourage active travel to school and reduce deadly levels of air pollution.

Candidates are also being asked to back the existing Connecting Sheffield projects, secure bike hubs in the city centre and at both hospitals, and new protected cycle routes on Ecclesall and Penistone roads.

"We will experience a mix of old and new cycle infrastructure, some good and some not so good," said Johnstone, about Saturday's route. "We're hoping for a good turn out to demonstrate support for improvements for cycling and walking in Sheffield."

The Big Ride will be a free family-friendly event, and the route will take about an hour. CycleSheffield have asked for anyone who is interested in marshalling the event to get in touch.

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