CYCLING, COMMUTING AND ‘WALKABILITY’

One of the main ‘complaint’s’ the local residents have on Tinsley is the reduced bus services and the re-organisation of bus routes that directs towards Meadowhall.  This can have both positive and negative consequences. For example, it encourages locals to increase the amount of walking in their daily routine, which can act as a time for self-contemplation or even fitting an extra chapter of audio book. However, after speaking to elderly local residents, they express that they find it more difficult to do their weekly groceries* shopping since they have to carry heavy bags for longer distances.
Although alterations in local bus services mean that Tinsley residents have longer walking distances to their closest bus stop which may have health benefits to some extent. My current mapping suggests that it has a more negative response than positive from public residents and staff working at the Highgate shops who commute from other areas of Sheffield. In my opinion, since Tinsley is surrounded by large ‘in-human’ scale industries in warehouses on one side and the M1 viaduct on the other, which according to Jeff Speck (2013), it is not very ‘walkable’. Having obliged to walk further to a bus stop in a ‘low walkability’ urban environment with high levels of air pollution does not improve quality of life. On the hand, having necessities such as food, public spaces, recreation etc. in close proximity can improve levels of walking since there is no need for motorised transportation as well as enhancing activities on local streets that improve walkability. From cycling around Tinsley, distances are not far from Meadowhall, Five Weir Walk and Magna Science Centre, but due to the harsh barriers of the M1 viaduct, car orientated infrastructure and lack of street level activity, walkability is extremely low.

BUS STATION

 

Ideas for mutual support:-
Taxi drivers and garages are common jobs amongst the men in Tinsley. Could their be a community based group that collects together taxi drivers who can drive local Tinsley residents for a cheaper rate or even a local carpool? Can garages fix up cheap cars for sale /unwanted cars to make a ‘fleet’ in which drivers who don’t have their own cars take up roles of drivers?

 

*Since there are no supermarkets within walkable distances from houses, residents either drive or take public transport to the closest supermarket(s); Aldi and Morrison proves to be most popular.

 

References:

Speck, Jeff. (2013), Walkable City, North Point Press; Reprint edition.

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