Sustrans Sheffield

Activities of the Sheffield Sustrans Ranger group.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Beeley Woods Report

Two of our Northern Rangers write:-

We did our inspection ride starting in town yesterday (we'd taken part in the Climate Change Sing at the station). We can confirm several opinions about the quality of the work along Penistone Road and add a few of our own:
 - the new red tarmac looks as if someone went along to a DIY store and bought strips of the stuff (like you do with turf) and, when laying it, had overlapped it slightly rather than abutting the edges plus not levelling the ground (turf analogy again) first. It is truly awful.
 - new bike symbols have been painted everywhere but in some places it looks as if this has been done prematurely - either that or the cycle track is destined to be left in a dreadful state: there were places on the black tarmac where "red" had been written as well as bike symbols drawn and others where just bike symbols had appeared. Whatever the semiotics of the writing and drawing the whole cycle route needs proper, smooth, well-marked, red surfacing (and to be continuous?)
 - outside Martin Lee Car Sales there were 3 cars for sale placed directly on the cycle track (two of them directly over these new symbols) - if this already inadequate cycle route is to be used at all then it needs to be kept clear of such obstructions by rigorous enforcement against such infringements
 - lots of the entrances/exits for the businesses to the east side of the route have had double dotted "give way" lines painted across them. I would trust drivers to observe these as much as I trust the businesses not to obstruct the route (see previous point) and I'm as sure as I can be that no enforcement will be carried out and that any follow-up to any report of a problem will be minimal at best
  - coming back into town, as we approached Livesey Street we saw the "Look Right" warning painted on the ground but we feel that safety issues at this junction could do with being looked at again. As well as traffic turning left from Penistone Road cyclists need to be aware of traffic coming north out of the City along Penistone Road and wanting to turn right into Livesey Street - not an obvious direction for traffic to be coming from if you have been warned to "Look Right"

We reported 4 separate instances of fly tipping along Claywheels Lane inside Beeley Woods.

The signage around the new roads near the supermarket has improved but it is still the case that the entrance to Beeley Wood Road is barriered off. Can we make a strong and urgent plea that the permanent works here include a cycle lane please? This is the obvious route for cyclists coming from town to Beeley Woods would take (we are still up for a site visit with whoever - who is it please? - has responsibility for this aspect of this scheme) and the currently signed alternative takes a cyclist across to the other side of Penistone Road and then back again at the next lights, via a couple of islands, onto the supermarket side of Clay Wheels Lane and then back across Clay Wheels Lane via another crossing.

On the positive side, it was a lovely, sunny, warm day. We saw a pair of kingfishers on the river at the back of the Riverside pub - very noisy so likely to be mating soon. We saw birds  trying out the nesting boxes on the river side of the path. We also saw our first celandine in bloom, a Peacock and a Tortiseshell (or it might have been a Red Admiral - it flew away from us into the sun) butterfly just at the north end of Beeley Woods. We had a long chat with a couple who had just moved up from Hertfordshire who agreed that Yorkshire people were very friendly and that Beeley Woods was really beautiful: we were able to satisfy their curiosity as to the origin of the strips of fuzzy, felty plastic in red, blue and green - loads of dead dogs' balls. We also received lots of praise and encouragement from runners, walkers, cyclists and dog walkers for our litter picking.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

Clean up at Meadowhall - before

We're doing a clean-up on the NCN at Meadowhall P&R tomorrow. Here's what it looks like today.

We'll let you know what it looks like after we've been there tomorrow!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Five Weirs Walk News

Due to a delay in the fabrication of the parapet panels the work on the Cobweb Bridge has been put back and will start on the 2nd February. It is still scheduled to take 6 weeks.

Further down the Don, budleia that was compromising the retaining wall alongside the river between Newhall Rd and Bold St has been taken out, making for a much clearer route. Work was also spotted taking place between Carbrook St and Weedon St. 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Ranger writes...

One of our Northern Rangers tells us: 

The lego bricks that have recently blocked even further the path off towards Hartley Brook from the Blackburn Valley route (AKA Chapeltown Greenway) have been reported -  I am told they are going to 'sort it'.  One point I haven't reported yet, is the signs at this junction, which were recently replaced have been vandalised again and one of the finger post signs has gone missing.

I can report good progress on the section from Smithey Wood into Chapeltown Park, which had a nice rolled base course of road planings and was ready for its black-top when I rode it on Sunday morning.  I'll probably be out that way again this weekend to check on progress.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Five Weir Walk closure

The Five Weirs Walk will soon (i.e. before Xmas) be closed for about a week between Carbrook St and Weedon St for Flood defence investigation work. We'll let you know when we have more info.

Keep the byways open to all cyclists, walkers and horse-riders

Sustrans Volunteer Rangers Sheffield  supports the view that the byways leading out Sheffield to the Peak District should be made accessible to all. 

The Peak Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council are making efforts to remove motorised traffic from these Byways Open to All Traffic and make them accessible to all forms of non-motorised traffic

We support the 38 Degrees petition:

This petition reinforces the work that Derbyshire CC and the Peak Park Authority are doing in responding to the public outcry over motorised use of these tracks so we unhesitatingly support the petition and urge everyone to sign it.

The work being done to repair these byways now that motor vehicles are increasinlgly banned from them less "technical" for mountain bikers. However, there are lots of excellent singletrack and bridleway trails in the Peak District with fantastic work being done to develop more  - the byways need to be kept open to all to help new riders develop the skills to tackle these more challenging rides and provide sustainable access to these trails. 

Sustrans has ambitions to bring some of these byways into the National Cycle Network, to create strategic national links such as taking NCN6 away from the busy Ringinglow Rd. This will only happen if we can get the trail surfaces up to an acceptable standard - supporting the 8-80 principle of accessibility for all. Our aim is to have a safe cycle route within a short distance of everyone in the UK. 

When the work is done to repair these tracks it can look stark against the peak district landscape, but soon weathers in and indeed as loose surfaces are applied there will be some deterioration in the quality of the surfaces. 

We particularly deplore tactics such as spamming Derbyshire County Council's Facebook page that have been adopted by advocates of mountain biking.