Dame Sarah Storey and Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis
Dame Sarah Storey and Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis

Residents with mobility needs in South Yorkshire are being encouraged to share their experiences navigating the region via a new interactive map launched by Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and Sheffield City Region.

Allowing users to make comments on issues including safety and accessibility, the new Interactive Map enables people to rate different locations in the region on a scale of very negative to very positive.

The map follows the appointment of Dame Storey, Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, to the Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region earlier this year, who pledged to listen to communities across South Yorkshire as she works to encourage more people to embrace alternative modes of transport to cars.

Aiming to give a voice to the people using adapted bikes or mobility aids who do not feel they are able to yet use the region’s roads, cycle paths and footpaths, Dame Storey is inviting people to share their views on where issues lie.

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“This map is for those who walk or cycle now, and those who want to in the future. I want to hear what you think about South Yorkshire’s roads and footways as they are at the moment, to help my team and I improve them for you in the future,” she said.

“For those parents who struggle with buggies and worry about when their toddlers want to run on ahead, or the teenagers who don’t feel safe walking to school and people using wheelchairs or have mobility aids, what are your journeys like now? And how could they be improved and made safer? Do you face challenges on what should be the simplest of journeys?

“I am committed to being led by communities, I want to know what works for you and what doesn’t.”

According to Dame Storey, users’ comments will be used alongside those of planning experts across South Yorkshire’s four local authorities to help plan what the region’s Active Travel Network could look like by 2040.

All comments made by users are anonymous but can be shared to social media using #CycleWalkSCR.

Comprising of the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the SCR Executive Team, the Sheffield City Region works across a number of local council areas to support economic growth in the region.

The map is now online and available to use.

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