The Lane Campaign “Wanting a safer space to cycle on Ringinglow Road”

Dr. Adrian Lane by Ladybower Reservoir, Peak District, UK - 2022


On September 15th 2022, our lives changed completely when Adrian Lane was tragically killed whilst riding his bike on Ringinglow Road in a collision with a car at the junction with Common Lane.

Ringinglow Road / Common Lane junction

This is not the first tragedy on this stretch of road, and we would like to see it made safer for cyclists. The Lane Campaign is in memory of Adrian who was very passionate about cycling. Not only for fun but as a means of transport.

We are a collective of friends, cyclists and family who have teamed up with Cycle Sheffield to look at ways to move forward and create a realistic strategy for change that we would like to see at Common Lane/Ringinglow Road.

Here are some news articles about Adrian's death and the start of The Lane Campaign.

BBC news

UK Daily News

Steel City Insider

Some Sheffield Cycling facts

  • According to figures released by South Yorkshire Police, between 2008-2018, there were a total of 1,445 cyclist casualties.
  • This included three deaths, 314 serious injuries and 1,128 slight injuries.
  • Ringinglow Road is in the top five for the most dangerous roads in Sheffield.

What we want

We feel that the junction to Common lane where the collision took place could be significantly improved. We would like to see the junction squared off to avoid the big sweeping angles so that drivers are forced to slow down to take that junction at a slower and more mindful pace which would give time for greater awareness of cyclists.

Existing junction of Common Lane with its large sweeping angles.

Existing junction of Common Lane with its large sweeping angles

Proposed junction of Common Lane with a squared off junction.

Proposed junction of Common Lane with a squared off junction

The addition of extended cycle paths across the Common Lane junction and further up towards Ringinglow village would bring even greater safety to cyclists and make this stretch of road much safer.

Once the junction of Common Lane is boxed off the cycle lanes can cross the junction safely.

Cycle lanes over Common Lane junction

Higher up Ringinglow Road is wide enough to facilitate segregated cycling paths.

Cycle lanes proposal down Ringinglow Road

We would also like to see the speed limit along that whole stretch from the residential area up to Ringinglow Village reduced to 20mph with enforcement measures.

Cycle lanes proposal down Ringinglow Road

Take in and absorb the beauty of the Peak District as it appears before you

How you can help

On Wednesday 15th March, the 6-month Anniversary of Adrian’s passing we will hold a vigil at the location of Adrian’s collision at the Common Lane Junction where we placed a ghost bike in his memory.
Vigil starts at 5.40pm.

On Saturday 25th March we invite you to attend our peaceful protest at the same junction. We will stage a “die in/lie in” for approx 10 minutes. During which time we will raise awareness of the dangers to cyclists as well as the key requests of The Lane Campaign.
Please meet at junction at 12.30pm - starts 1pm prompt.

This event has been highly planned and risk assessed, so it will take place with the undue respect of peoples person safety. And although we appreciate this will potentially hold up traffic for a short while it's important to remember that Adrian never made it home, he never made it to his destination whereas affected people will make it to wherever they are going, albeit a little late. Or they will have the option to safely turn around and take a different route.

This will be followed by a mass cycle ride to Sheffield Town Hall when between 2-3pm key speakers will be invited to speak. This will include Monica Bolado - Adrian's partner/widow who will join us from Santander, Spain for the weekend

Email the following people

Only by sharing our frustrations and desire to want a safer space for us all will any change come about. We appreciate this takes your time but only by collective pressure we hope to, at least, initiate some form of discussions and consultation to start and bring about the changes (listed above) that we would like to see implemented.

Ecclesall councillors

Leader of council

Transport committee