Walkers and cyclists in South Yorkshire can locate problems with roads, cycle paths and footpaths through a new interactive map set up by the area’s city region.
Dame Sarah Storey, Sheffield City Region’s active travel commissioner, said she wanted the map to be used to report what journeys are like at present and how they could be improved.
“I am committed to being led by communities, I want to know what works for you and what doesn’t,” she said. “Your comments will be used alongside those of planning experts to create an Active Travel Network which is safe, suitable and accessible for all who would like to use it.”
The map categorises comments by cycling, walking, accessibility, safety or other issues, asks for suggested actions such as ‘changing traffic speed or volume’ and includes a rating from very negative to very positive, the last being used to colour code the pointer on the map from red to green. It uses technology from Deetu Consulting.
The city region said it is particularly interested in what forms of transport take priority at junctions and crossings and how long walkers and cyclists have to wait; lighting and safety on footpaths and cycle routes; accessibility for those using wheelchairs or adapted bikes, as well as those with visual impairment or mobility issues; experiences of those using multiple modes of transport, such as taking bikes on trains; and whether pavements are wide enough for buggies and wheelchairs.
Dame Sarah won 25 medals at seven Paralympic Games in both cycling and swimming, making her the most decorated female Paralympian. She joined the city region as a commissioner in April.
“The car has been king for far too long,” said Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis. “By asking people what they need and working with some of the country’s most knowledgeable active travel experts, we will create a network which will provide people with a genuine alternative to driving.”
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