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 cyclists.ie, 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 http://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/friends/ - 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. 

Simon

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