Ask Sheffield City Council for safe road crossings between Ecclesall Woods

Ask Sheffield City Council for safe road crossings between Ecclesall Woods

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Claire Cruikshanks started this petition to Sheffield City Council

A lack of safe road crossings on Abbey Lane between Ecclesall Woods is preventing equal access to nature and outdoor exercise.

"Every time I cross Abbey Lane it causes me great stress. I was nearly run over when 36 weeks pregnant by someone driving too fast down the hill.”

"As a 77 year old… I [have] now lost the peripheral vision in both eyes. Walking in the woods can still be safely enjoyed but crossing roads is now both slow and hazardous. A crossing… would greatly enhance both my fitness and quality of life.”

“Since I had my son in 2014, I have dashed between the woods across Abbey Lane with bikes, buggies, babies and grandparents - I'm fed up!”*

Ecclesall Woods is a fantastic ancient woodland that offers thousands of us, from all over Sheffield, the chance to relax and enjoy nature.

But visiting the woods is not always easy or safe. A trip through the woods or to the Woodland Discovery Centre often involves crossing Abbey Lane, a busy main road with a 40 miles per hour speed limit. There are no crossing facilities along the woodland stretch so you normally have to race across the road.

The bend in the roads, double parking of cars, and the hazardous junction with Whirlowdale road make this worse. Crossing between the woods is hazardous and difficult, particularly for older people, people who are less mobile and those travelling with young families. 

We urgently need safe ways to cross this busy road to ensure better access for everyone in Sheffield to this beautiful green space. 

Will you sign our petition to Sheffield City Council and ask them to act?

Petition by: Friends of Ecclesall Woods

Contact: few.abbeylanecrossing@gmail.com

*comments submitted to Friends of Ecclesall Woods between December 2020 and January 2021

 

 

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