Crash at Local Cycle Store
JE James Cycles have been left picking up the pieces once again, after another speeding motor vehicle collided with the shop. The store on Bramall Lane has suffered a number of similar incidents over the past decade; and boss Gavin Holliday told the Sheffield Star that he has been left feeling frustrated:
“It’s not the first time. We are on about the 10th or 11th time this has happened. It was about 3.30am. A car was driving down Bramall Lane at high speed, and has carried straight on at the corner, hit the traffic island and careered into our shop,” he said.
“There is external damage to the signage and around the door as well. We have CCTV footage of the crash and the car was going fast enough to leave the ground. Two men got out of the car afterwards – one was still clutching a bottle – and they walked away from the incident,” he continued.
JE James Cycles is a reputable family-run business in the South Yorkshire and Derbyshire area; where they have been established for close to 50 years. They have a store in each of Chesterfield, Sheffield and Rotherham.
Previous incidents have included a car crashing into the store in 2006 and a window beyond destroyed by an out-of-control car in 2011: “The way the road is constructed, it bends round to the left and there’s a traffic island in the middle. It’s a sharp bend on a straight road.
“The council don’t want to put traffic calming or speed cameras in because it’s a major arterial road into the city centre and they don’t want to slow down the traffic,” Holliday finished telling the Sheffield Star.
Ride for Eric Gets Great Support
The inaugural Ride for Eric charity cycling event took place on the 21st September; and received a deserved show of support from locals. The tribute ride was set up to remember Eric Codling; a man who tragically lost his life in November 2013 when he was hit by since-jailed driver Emma Egan on Whirlowdale Road in Sheffield.
Over 400 cyclists took part in the event; which not only celebrated the life of Eric Codling, but also raised money for Cavendish Cancer Care. With over £10,000 of sponsors said to have been raised, Eric’s wife Karen was understandably emotional and told the Sheffield Telegraph:
“I just want to say a massive thank you to everybody who took part. It was a staggering turnout and the atmosphere was brilliant. It was definitely a family event. The announcer was telling everyone who had crossed the line that they had just ridden for Eric,” she said.
Sheffield Becomes First Yorkshire Location with Street Bike Pumps
According to The Star, Sheffield has become the first Yorkshire location to gain access to on-street bike pumps. The initiative has come as Sheffield Council look to capitalise on the recent interest generated in cycling by some great professional events over the summer.
The Grand Depart of the Tour de France got things going; and drew some incredible crowds across Yorkshire. That was swiftly followed by an extremely well attended Sheffield Grand Prix later in July, which further evidenced the increasingly positive attitude towards cycling from the area.
6 free pumps – which are permanently bolted to the ground and suitable for two types of tyre valve – have been installed at some of the most popular locations for cycling around the city.
Councillor Jack Scott, who is an environment council cabinet member, told the Sheffield Star: “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 and will help us save money in the long term,” he said.
5 Great Places for North Peak District Cycling
In case you missed it on Tuesday, here’s another mention of our latest article in our series providing information on great places for Peak District cycling. There’s plenty of variety between each of the chosen locations, with the changing landscape of the wonderful Peak District countryside ensuring that no route is ever the same.
Whether you’re visiting from further afield; or just looking for a local cycle route, check out our article here to see 5 great places for cycling in the North of the Peak District.
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