In April 2019 Mayor Dan Jarvis appointed Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, as Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region.
Having started her professional athlete career in the pool, Sarah began cycling in 2005. To date, she’s won 14 gold medals for Great Britain and 76 World Champion titles.
Sarah is passionate about enabling more people to leave the car at home and travel on foot or by bike. She has made four pledges, which will guide her work as commissioner.
Click here for Sheffield City Region Interactive Map – Tell us what you think of cycling and walking in the Sheffield City Region
What is the Active Travel Interactive Map?
This map is for everyone who wants to make journeys on foot or by bike across our region, for any purpose, including those who don’t walk or cycle often and people who use mobility aids.
Please comment on the infrastructure we already have, to point out what works well and what doesn’t. Comments will then be used, alongside those we have already gather from transport and planning experts, to help plan the Sheffield City Region Active Travel Network. This network will be planned with people, not cars, as the priority, with routes that are safe and accessible for all.
What comments can I make?
We want to hear about your experiences as pedestrian or cyclist on our roads and footways. Using the map you can pinpoint part of your journey and make a comment about your experiences at that point.
We want to know what you think about:
- Junctions and crossings – do cars, pedestrians or cyclists take priority? Are they easy to navigate? How long are you waiting for?
- Footpaths and cycle routes – are they well lit? Are they accessible for people with prams, using wheelchairs or adapted bikes? Do they feel safe?
- Accessibility – can you travel safely using a wheelchair or adapted bike? Can you travel safely if you are visually impaired? Can you travel safely if you have mobility issues?
- Your commute – do you use multiple modes of transport to get to work? We want to hear about your experiences. Do you regularly take your bike on the train? Do you walk to the bus stop? Tell us about your journey.
- Pavements – are pavements wide enough for buggies and wheelchairs? Are dropped curbs fit for purpose? Do crossings give you enough time to cross safely?
Of course there will be more to comment on, and we want to hear it all. Your comments may bring in other aspects of your journey. You may, for example, walk for 20 minutes to your bus stop, we want to hear about this. Walk the kids to school? Tell us what they think of the journey.
If you don’t currently cycle or walk as your main form of transport, we want to know why. Tell us what you need to feel able to leave the car at home.
How does the map work?
To make a comment on the map, select the area you wish to comment on. This could be a particular crossing, footpath, cycle route or junction.
Your comment will be anonymous and other users will be able to agree with your comment by liking it. Comments can also be shared using #CycleWalkSCR, to start the conversation on social media.
The Active Travel story so far…
Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, pledges to:
- be led by communities
- to enable walking and cycling rather than encouraging it
- to require infrastructure to meet or exceed requirements
- to require infrastructure to be accessible for all.
To support her in her work as Active Travel Commissioner, Sarah establishes the Active Travel Advisory Board. Chaired by Professor Steve Haake, Professor of Sports Engineering and the Founding Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.
Board members include representatives from national and regional cycling and walking organisations, including British Cycling, Living Streets, Sustrans, Yorkshire Sport, the health sector and Cycling UK.
Work to plan the Sheffield City Region’s Active Travel Network begins. Workshops are held in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield with Brian Deegan, one of the UK’s leading street design engineers, to help visualise what the region’s walking and cycling network could look like by 2040.
The Active Travel Interactive Map is launched. People are asked what they think of the current walking and cycling infrastructure, and what they would like to see in the future. To tell us your opinions, head to the Active Travel Interactive Map.
The Sheffield City Region will submit a £220million Transforming Cities bid to the Department For Transport. The bid will focuses on three large areas which could most benefit from significant improvements across rail, public transport and active travel schemes. The aim is to reduce journey times, improve punctuality and reliability, and bring about a wide range of benefits associated with active travel, such as improved health and wellbeing.
These Transforming Cities schemes will link with future schemes to form the 2040 Active Travel Network. Find out more about the SCR’s Transforming Cities bid.