This is the cycle parking at Sheffield Hallam University - probably the single biggest in the city and well used. Now cycle parking at the station - well that’s another issue -hardly any stands and massively oversubscribed. There is a massive multi-storey carpark next door, which is rarely more than half full…
A new phenomenon! Suddenly finding a bike rack to lock your bike to is becomming more difficult. The stands at the bottom of Fargate were full and this guy had to wait for someone else to leave. I wasn’t so lucky, my bike (far left) was locked to a nearby post/sculpture thingy (along with two others).
silently eavesdropping on people’s conversations
We’ve had park and pray before, but here is the Quaker version:
This is something I noticed a lot recently - a shift if you will. More and more people just stopping and chaining up their bikes in some convenient spot - often eschewing the official points. Some people would point to this as cyclists being lazy (can you really be lazy if you bother to cycle in the first place?), but I think what we are seeing is the bike becoming more everyday. This isn’t commuter cycling or leisure cycling, but everyday cycling and this can only be a good thing. But some more conveniently located official stands wouldn’t go amiss either…
Gated entrance - not the most promising start
While I’m all for subtle signage - these are a bit on the small side
The impressive bit - raised cycle path on a separate level from the footpath…
…or is it raised foot path above the cycle path? No-one seems very sure!
Covered cycle parking - conveniently doubles as a smoking shelter!
Tactile paving - I’m confused as to why the ridges have to run so that you get your wheels stuck in them? Is this really necessary or just the usual beauracratic stupidity?
More cycle parking - not really overlooked, co unsurprisingly not very well used either.
Sheffield is famous for the “Sheffield Stand” which is either the most boring cycle stand in the world or an excercise in elegant simplicity, depending on your viewpoint.
Anyway, something a world away from that, is the new cycle stand /sculpture at Ecclesall Sawmill, photo courtesy of David Bocking at Pedal Ready
Park and pray
Cycle parking outside a church - an ecclesiastical take on the traditional Sheffield stand.