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This Sheffield bike lane billboard was redecorated...

The sign, installed by Clear Channel, has blocked the bike lane since March, and was last week joined by a Clear Channel van, but has not yet been removed

Someone, who is clearly fed up with a billboard that has been blocking a Sheffield bike lane since March, has decided to decorate it – with Space for Cycling stickers.

The billboard, on Hanover Way, has been there since March, despite the company responsible, Clear Channel, claiming its removal is being treated as a matter of urgency, following concerns raised by cyclists and Sheffield City Council over the placement of the sign, which is next to the city’s ring road.

Last week a Clear Channel branded van was photographed further blocking the lane, but the company did not respond to requests by to confirm why this occurred. Local cycle campaigner, Matt Turner, says similar signs have appeared all over the city, at times narrowing busy pavements.

Clear Channel van in Sheffield bike lane (image by Sara Hinch, Facebook)

Billboard appears ... in middle of bike lane

Sara Hinch posted the photo of the Clear Channel van on Cycle Sheffield’s Facebook page. She said: “How ironic. Don't know if they've come to start work in removing it, but they're parked slap bang in the middle of the cycle path/pavement. Driver and passenger fast asleep when I went by at 850am. 

"There's a free parking space on the road to their left about 10 feet away.”

Turner said to "It beggars belief to be honest. They've placed these advertising boards all over the city. Even in the centre of narrow city centre shopping street pavements. It's almost as if our most fundamental public space, our pavements, are up for sale to the highest bidder.”

Clear Channel were contacted by to confirm a date for the removal of the sign in the bike lane, which they said was being treated as “urgent”. They have not yet confirmed a date, or why the van was parked in the bike lane. Sheffield City Council has not been able to confirm a date for its removal, either.

In recent days, someone covered the advertising with Space for Cycling stickers.

Turner is currently travelling in Europe because he is “fed up” with what he feels is a loss of public space in the UK.

He said: "It's really refreshing being in Europe, I'm in Spain at the moment. You really notice how much public space there is, how many playgrounds there are. Both are simply ubiquitous, it really makes me realise just how much we've lost in the UK.

“We stayed with someone in Arasatte, a town in the Basque Country, we commented on it, on how his apartment block had a huge square and a playground underneath, and even more just around the corner, and we said that it was very rare to see this level of provision in the UK. He asked where all the children played, we told him inside."

Local cycling campaign, Cycle Sheffield, is organising a Space for Cycling “Big Ride” on June 11 at 11am calling for good quality dedicated cycle infrastructure in the city.

The Sheffield Big Ride is a 6km “safe and fun” ride, starting and finishing on Devonshire Green 11am-1pm, cycling along Eccleshall Road and riding past the Town Hall. Event details are on Cycle Sheffield’s Facebook page.

Update : Sheffield City Council tells Clear Channel will reposition the billboard to a wider patch of pavement, licence pending, by the end of next week. The company is also looking at other billboards placed in close proximity to bike infrastructure elsewhere in Sheffield.  

Latest Comments

  • ChrisB200SX 1 sec ago

    I think that offending van may actual be someone down my road, he lost his 14-year-old dog on Friday. I shall check the number plate and maybe he's...

  • Adam Sutton 2 min 26 sec ago

    Getting rid of the tribalistic mentality that prevails would help. It doesn't have to be one or the other, cyclist or driver, especially outside of...

  • daviddowling 11 min 7 sec ago

    He googled his way home which led him this way and no steps are listed. There are also no warning signs notifying people of the steps ahead ...

  • ChrisB200SX 11 min 17 sec ago

    Even IF it isn't well lit, motorvehicles have 55W headlights for a very good reason.

  • chrisonatrike 12 min 22 sec ago

    I think you're correct.  They did build a mountain for cycling up though... Also it is possible to get up to a fair lick (60kmh+) in places.  And...

  • Rendel Harris 24 min 26 sec ago

    Chris the estate agent doesn't seem to have cottoned onto the best short-term solution which not only will stop the vandalism but also stop the...

  • chrisonatrike 25 min 1 sec ago

    Waverley you mean?  Never parked there.  I'd had a quick look when passing - didn't notice anything unusual but wasn't looking hard....

  • Rendel Harris 1 hour 6 min ago

    Such as joining in with other (now banned) trolls in a nice little bullygroup to perpetuate a tiresome fantasy that another poster with whom you...

  • qwerty360 1 hour 15 min ago

    Even if we struggle to hard limit capabilities, we could have similar classifications to motorbikes defined by combination of weight, acceleration,...

  • NOtotheEU 1 hour 22 min ago

    I only went out for a less than 5 minute ride to the PO to collect a parcel today. Got close passed by an Audi convertable that forced me into the...