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Cycling in Sheffield

The local cycling group hosted the CycleNation / CTC national conference and AGM on 15 October 2011, details at

Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England by population. Although hilly, it is compact and has few major trunk roads. The City has a developing strategic cycle network consisting of off-road cycle tracks, some on-road cycle lanes, bus lanes and traffic-calmed and 20mph zones and maximising the use of the city's river valleys. The council is developing a strategy for implementing a default 20mph speed limit in residential areas. The "Heart of the City" project, encompassing the route from the railway station up to the City Centre and including the Winter Gardens and Peace Gardens, has been commended for high quality design and access for all. The Cycle Ring Route, running parallel to the Inner Ring Road and passing the railway station, is well signposted and should get you started in the direction you want to go if you are a new arrival to the city.

The Trans-Pennine Trail, a National Cycle Network route running from Southport in the north-west to Hornsea in the East Riding passes through to the North and East of the city and a new section of NCN6, connecting Sheffield with Manchester via the Hope Valley, one of the most scenic parts of the Peak District, is being developed. There are many other cycle routes going along country paths in the woods surrounding the city. Mountain Biking is popular in areas such as Wharncliffe Woods and road biking is very popular in the Peak District into which the city's boundaries extend.

Monthly Friday night rides, timed to coincide with the full moon, are run by

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Fencing on railway bridge over River Rother, with Transpenine Trail in distance

Railway bridge over River Rother

Chapeltown Station

'Cycle lane' Chesterfield Rd. @SheffCouncil @ParkinginSheff @CycleSheffield

Bump up over the kerb to join this 10m long cycleway, dodge a sign and then bump down behind the give way line of a side road.

Cycle parking

Cycle parking

Traffic calmed area




Cycle parking

Public art

Pedestrian-friendly area

Pedestrian-friendly crossing

This route has been closed because of the construction across the street.

Sheffield station, with the dreaded Pacer trains

Walkway from Sheffield starion

Proper station square - not dominated by taxis like Cambridge's is

Walkway to station

Artwork in public realm

Public realm

Public realm

Cycle hire scheme in Sheffield

Cycle hire scheme in Sheffield

Poem on the building visible from path



Cycle parking

Strange Cycle Lane markings on NCN 6 in Sheffield.

New (2016) K barrier on Thoresby Road/Watersmeet Road cycle path. Squeeze plate approx 56cm wide. Note the desire path forming in the grass to the right, ideal for motorbikes who may wish to use this path illegally.

Sheffield Cycle Route

The Five Weirs Walk near Sanderson's Weir (NCR6)

Sanderson's Weir on the Five Weirs Walk

Stands removed for skip; skip has since gone, stands never returned.

Stands removed for skip; skip has since gone, stands never returned.

Instead of improving this cycle lane, @SheffCouncil are going to remove it to make way for two way traffic.

We've worked hard to make this really safe & obvious. Can't understand why drivers keep going into the cycle lane

Shiny new bike path

A substandard shared use (for the timid) and a substandard cycle lane (for the confident). Neither is good enough.

Steep hill

Signed NCN route to Fulwood from Whitely Woods. Difficult to negotiate with a heavy bike. Would be impossible with a trailer. Other side is a steep muddy track with some steps.

Great cycle infrastructure is often obstructed by parked traffic. This off-road cycle track on Asline Road is fantastic, but is used as a parking space at school drop offs, by taxis, work vans and visitors coaches on match days at Sheffield ... [more]

Great bike parking at Sheffield Hallam University - covered stands, with swipe card access for added security.

Bike specific cycle track with traffic lights enable bikes to cross the inner ring road, for quick and easy access into the city centre.

Nice cut through for cyclists between Bramall Lane and Alderson Road. Both are busy, and this short cut avoids a detour onto traffic-ridden roads. A nice touch which makes the Sheaf Valley route good.

Cycle track has barriers placed across it where it crosses Bramall Lane, which stop the smooth flow of cycle traffic. Completely unnecessary.

Cycle parking, Sheffield Hallam University

Contra-flow off road cycle track

Off-road separated contra-flow cycle track on inner ring road.

Good cycle signage for Sheaf Valley bike route

Glover Road, permeable barrier, stops cars using for through traffic, but enables bike users.

Asline Road contra-flow off-road cycle track

Sheaf Valley route, off road cycle track.

National Cycle Route from Sheffield to Rotherham on Europa Link business park. Dedicated cycleway rutted & split by root damage for about a mile along the route. Odd repairs done but roots are again coming through these repairs. Very dif ... [more]

On the route to Sheffield Location: Rainstorth (England, United Kingdom) This is National Cycle Network Route 67, which forms a linking part to Sheffield of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

Orange Bike of Dreams This is a special edition Johnny Loco x Dockers bicycle, seen in a shop window on Division St, Sheffield. I assume they sell Dockers clothes there. Johnny Loco bikes are just fab - look at this beauty!

Cycle Speedway - BCTG Elite League - Sheffield v Leicester, Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre.

A gate

A gate

A gate

A gate

A pair of gates

A pair of gates

A gate

A gate

Footbridge over Sheffield railway station, as seen in #38487. Steps at both ends make this an awkward route for bikes - use the other bridge instead which has lifts.

View of the footbridge across Sheffield Railway Station.

View over Sheffield Railway Station, just above an amphitheatre.

This flank of 6 steps lies right on a cycle route, leading to an underpass under a busy roundabout - there's also an S-shaped ramp nearby to bypass the steps. Both are signposted as 'cyclists dismount'. However, I've watched several cycl ... [more]

National Cycle Network route 6: Cobweb Bridge Location: Sheffield (England, United Kingdom) Rather ingeniously, the route both crosses the River Don and goes under a railway line via this elevated way which gives the feeling that you ... [more]

Work in progress to extend the cycle route along Penistone Rd from Livesey St to Beulah Rd (Hilllsborough Leisure Centre)

Sheffield stands at Sheffield University.

Cycle route through underpass in Sheffield with impossible chicanes on both ends.

This is what the crossing of Upper Hanover Way at Leavygreave looked like BEFORE the tramway was put in. Not all is progress, can see from Street View below what it looks like today. The photo is scanned and from ab ... [more]

Well-used cycle parking at Hallam Collegiate site - could do with being under cover though.

Junction of Hanover Way cycle path (Ring Route) with Peak Park Anniversary route. The angles at this junction are way too sharp: cycles don't turn on a pin. As a result cyclists tend to continue on the footway to Broomspring Lane. Also pede ... [more]

Here the cycleway crosses the footpath - a bodge pending further development in the area. The footpath side is poorly maintained leading to peds encroaching on the cycleway.

Cycleway along Hanover Way. Good: Plenty of space. Pedestrian side is away from the road so more pleasant for walkers - however it is possible for cyclists to veer round peds in the cycleway if they need to.

Approach to subway from Ecclesall Rd (Moore St roundabout) The corner is blind is there is a high risk of a collision with either a pedestrian or another cyclist.

Cafe culture in Sheffield (it was raining so the bike owners were inside - the bikes themselves were outside having a chat) Bragazzis has the best coffee in Sheffield.

minimalist contraflow, brunswick st (backed up by 20mph)

A rider emerges from the fine illuminated mist outside the Crucible theatre in the centre of Sheffield, which some websites claim is England's fourth largest city.

This footpath is made out of grave headstones.

NCN6 no special road markings here, other than faded ones.

The road narrowing here is being used as a car park and the cycle lane through that is obviously not working. Lessons to learn here!

Road narrowing and speed cushions

Speed cushions and road narrowing, the narrow cycle lane has disappeared here.

Speed cushions on the NCN6

Good cycle by-pass and traffic calming, but the cycle lane looks a bit narrow.

NCN6 has just entered a residential area.

Riders on the NCN 6 enter the "Child Safety Zone", to that muse mean they're leaving the "Child Danger Zone" ??? ;-)

Toucan crossing on the NCN 6

Erk! These boulders are probably necessary to stop joyriding vehicles but in the dark they're a real threat to the unsuspecting rider.

Cycleway NCN 6 very wide here - there even seems to be a passing place! I think this may also be the NCN67 too, but not sure.


Cycleway markings partly hidden by autumn leaves



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