Deetu Sheffield
Sheffield's mayor Dan Jarvis and active travel commissioner Sarah Storey

Sheffield’s engaging transport planning tool

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Nicola Byrne

Data and technology provider Deetu has launched an interactive map to help developers and local authorities to capture community views and create informed places.

Beginning with Sheffield City Region, walkers and cyclists are able locate problems with roads, cycle paths and footpaths through the map.

Comments will then be used to help plan the Sheffield’s active travel network. This network will be planned with people as the priority, to provide routes that are safe and accessible for all.

Sheffield City Region’s mayor Dan Jarvis said: “The car has been king for far too long. 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.”

Dame Sarah Storey, Sheffield’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.

Storey 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 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.

Deetu Sheffield Map

The map has already had over 500 comments from commuters since its launch

The city 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
  • Whether pavements are wide enough for buggies and wheelchairs

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