Launching New Bike Pumps for Sheffield

Cllr Jack Scott launching Sheffield’s new cycle pumps with Cllr Isobel Bowler and other cyclists

Sheffield’s cyclists can now top up the air in their tyres at handy locations across the city centre thanks to funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The free on-street air pumps are now available as part of a drive to make Sheffield a cycle-friendly city and improve safety for cyclists.

The pumps are permanent fixtures, bolted to the ground and are suitable for both types of tyre valve and have a handy gauge to check pressure.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, the pump is constructed from heavy duty stainless steel with an armoured air hose along with a built in tyre pressure gauge. The pump is powered by hand so it does not require any external electrical power.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “Sheffield is among the first cities in the country to introduce these bike pumps onto the streets.  Each cycle journey made has a positive impact on the economy and environment, so providing this service for free is a good investment.

“The locations were carefully chosen where cyclists park their bikes or on the main cycling routes into the city centre, so cyclists will get the maximum benefit from the pumps.

“Many cyclists, even regular ones, don’t realise how much easier and safer it is to cycle if their tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. The pumps may even be used in an emergency if someone has a puncture nearby.

“Each cycle journey made has a positive impact on the economy and environment, so providing this service for free is a real investment and will help us to save money in the long-term.”

There are 10 pumps planned across Sheffield in strategic locations.  Six are in place now  at Bridge Street/Millsands, Five Weirs Walk/Attercliffe Road, Hunters Bar roundabout, Moore Street underpass, Glossop Road (outside the shops) and Victoria Street/Leaveygreave Road.  Four more pumps will follow at Penistone Road/Rutland Road junction, Norfolk Road/Granville Road, Crowther Place/Mount Pleasant Road and at the BMX Park on Devonshire Green.

Russell Cutts from Russell’s Bicycle Shed at Sheffield Railway Station added: “We welcome the arrival of these bike pumps. They are a great addition to the local public amenities that will make cycling much easier and help to make Sheffield a more bike friendly city.”

Jeff Carroll of Pedal Ready was also supportive of the new bike pumps.  He commented: “The introduction of these pumps at convenient locations around the city will be really useful for cyclists, as properly inflated tyres are so important in improving riders’ safety.”

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Streets Ahead Team Thank Visitors to Tour De France

 

Welcome to Sheffield!

As the city recovers from celebrating the Tour de France the Streets Ahead team has sent its thanks to all the visitors and residents who did their bit to make it such a success.

 

The Streets Ahead team worked for months in the run up to the event to ensure the route and the whole city looked its best to welcome the riders and visitors from across the world.

 

As well as surveying the whole route to ensure street furniture, trees and walls would stand up to the expected crowds, more than four miles of road were resurfaced and  street furniture – including traffic signals, road islands, speed bumps and bollards – were temporarily removed. These will be re-instated over the coming weeks.

 

Over four and a half tonnes of litter were collected along the route afterwards.

 

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “The Tour de France was a fantastic event and we would like to thank all Sheffielders and visitors to our city for making it a success. Everyone had a great time. We have had feedback from the Tour organisers who were very pleased with our organisation, the condition of the route and the support they received from all the spectators. It’s especially good that we have been able to get the city cleaned up and back to normal at double quick time.

 

“We will build on our investment in hosting the prestigious Tour de France cycle race by using it to encourage more people to take to their bikes.”

 

Robert Allen, Business Director for Streets Ahead, said: “We had hundreds of employees working intensively in the days and nights running up to the event and over 100 were in action across the city on the day to ensure the Tour de France passed through smoothly.

 

“The clean-up operation afterwards was given a helping hand by all the spectators, who used the hundreds of litter bins and bags we provided. We would like to thank Sheffield for its support.”