Sustrans Sheffield

Activities of the Sheffield Sustrans Ranger group.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

News and Events, October 2017

Firstly, I'd like to welcome two new Rangers to the fold - Adam Batty and Nick Woodford. Both have transferred in from other areas. Adam is going to focus on liaison with Sheffield City Council as well as comms and I have yet to settle on a role with Nick.

We had a successful session at the Volunteering Fair with 21 students registering an interest. Converting those EOI's into active volunteers can be a challenge but at least we raised the profile of Sustrans and the TPT. I didn't realise that there was a new Sheffield Cycle Map out until the TPT office office sent me some - these proved popular and I have few spare copies if anyone would like one. 

We also had a successful Traffic Monitoring session with CycleSheffield - Thanks to everyone who came. This is was quite different from the events we've had before as there was no aggression from motorists and a lot of thumbs up from pedestrians and cyclists. In the event only one or two cars stopped before 9:25. It seems that pointing a GoPro camera at people makes a remarkable difference to their behaviour! I think CycleSheffield were quite successful at talking to cyclists with a view to signing them up as members as well. It was good to see Parking Services taking action as well. 

We have the following events in the diary:-

22/10 - Next Working Morning, 10-2. We haven't decided what to do for this one yet so if you have any ideas mail 'em in. 

10/12 Working Morning - We could be into bad weather by then so will play that one by ear. 

28/1/17 Planning Meeting. This is to sketch out a plan for the first 6 months of 2017 - activities rides, who's doing what etc. This will be a key meeting for 2017 so please do your utmost to attend. 

Non-Sustrans cycling events:-  

4/10 CycleSheffield meeting - 7 p.m. Fat Cat (upstairs), Alma St My good friend Damien O'Tuama, of, Dublin Cycling Campaign and now a Board member of the European Cyclists Federation is stopping by on his way to an ECF meeting is Brussels to give us a talk on campaigning in Ireland and what's happening on the European campaign. In the era of post-Brexit it seems to me to be particularly important that we keep abreast of European best practice in cycling so I think this should be a particularly interesting session. 

15/10 Friends of the TPT AGM, Wigfield Farm. 1-3 followed by tea and cakes. I could organise a ride up to this if anyone's interested. There is some additional resurfacing of the trail going on on the section leading to Worsborough we could have a look at. To attend the AGM you need to be a member, this is possible via the membership form at - or we could arrange for you to join at the meeting. We are working on a proper online membership system but it's not ready yet. When it is we will have a membership drive. 

15/10 East Midlands Cycle Forum. Parish Centre Stonegravels, 91 Sheffield Rd, B6057, Chesterfield S41 7JH, UK. 10:30  - 16:00 Including a ride. A meet-up with cycling advocates from across the E. Mids. There's a lot of commuting between this area and Sheffield so this could be of interest. Chesterfield is making good progress with cycling infrastructure - better than Sheffield in fact. 

19/11 Cyclenation Conference, St Albans - the conference of the National Federation of Cycle Campaign Groups. Always interesting and there is an infrastructure safari in London the next day. 


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Keeping Sheffield Stainless

I'm really proud of the work Kevin, Paul & myself did on Cricket Inn Rd this morning - here's some pics:

We even found a sign...
This bit of path goes around the back of the derelict pub, the pavement at the front not being wide enough for a cycle track. Maybe at some point the pub will be knocked down and we could have a more direct path in, but it would require a fair bit of construction work because of the gradients.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Improvements near Conisbrough Viaduct

We’ve had a date from the contractors to start work on NCN 62 / TPT  improvements near Conisbrough Viaduct  - September 19th . The path will remain open but people should take notice of contractors directions etc.  So if you're heading up that way, be aware!