Space for Cycling

Space for CycliingCTC, the national cycling charity, has launched a new campaign called “Space for Cycling”. You may remember Roger Geffen of CTC briefing us on it at the our Open Meeting in February.  Cycle-friendly streets are the life-blood of safe, pleasant and healthy communities. They are good for everybody’s quality of life, whether or not they chose to cycle.

Space for Cycling calls on local councillors to pledge their support for high standards of cycle-friendly planning and design, and the funding needed to deliver this. Cycling needs to become a safe, convenient and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds, for any local journey.

What Space for Cycling means will depend on the location, with different solutions for major and minor roads and junctions, in urban and rural areas alike. In general though, the answers are covered by the the Space for Cycling campaign’s 6 themes:

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  3. Lower speed limits
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres
  5. Safe routes to school
  6. Routes through green spaces

You can contact your councillors and ask them to pledge their support via the campaign website:

Treasurer’s Report and Accounts 2013-14


These are the accounts for Portsmouth Cycle Forum, financial year ending 28 February 2014.


Income:  Our regular income solely relies on subscriptions from paid-up members, with occasional one-off donations.

Members:  There has been a decrease in paid membership for this year – down to 36 from 39 the previous year.

Costs: Without a regular ‘free’ venue at the Guildhall we now have costs for holding meetings.  We are grateful to Mario and the University of Portsmouth Students Union for the use of their meeting room free of charge for our last two meetings.  Previously in the last year we made use of free community spaces but these were poorly attended.  The UPSU room was not available today and we have a £50 charge for the hire of this hall.  Other regular costs are for printing, website hosting and subscriptions for national cycling bodies.

Subscriptions:   For the next year membership subscriptions will remain at £5 (with no fee for concessions).  Renewals can be made by cheque, cash or through Paypal via the Pompeybug website.

Important Note:  We need to make a serious effort to convert subscribers on our mailing list to paid-up members.  If we are to make use of central locations we need to increase the number of membership subscriptions and donations to offset the costs.  Additional income will allow the Forum to expand its activities through promotion.


Subscriptions 2013-14                  149.68

Total Income                               149.68


Printing                                       148.70

Website                                       121.64

Hall hire                                        10.00

Subscriptions to CTC/CN               80.00

Total Expenditure                        360.34

2013-14 deficit                           £210.66


Bank                                            202

Paypal                                           60

Current Assets                          £262               (from £411 in March 2013)


Roger Inkpen

Treasurer, Portsmouth Cycle Forum 20 March 2014

Open Meeting and AGM

Portsmouth Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20 March 7pm at the Discovery Centre, Portsmouth RC Cathedral.

We’ll be reviewing the outcomes of the last two meetings and forming our plan about how we can put the ideas into practice. Remembering the support given by Gerald Vernon-Jackson (leader of PCC) at the last meeting we’ll

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Book Now for the Lord Mayor’s Bike Ride

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, launches the Lord mayor’s Bike Ride.

Bookings are open for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Bike Ride which takes place on Sunday 23 March from Victoria Park in central Portsmouth.

Entrants can choose from a selection of two rides depending on ability; the Half Island Ride is a

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Protecting the Future of North Portsea Island

The coastal defences along the north of Portsmouth, from Portchester to Havant are in need of strengthening and options are open for public consultation. It is possible that footpaths and cycleways could be included in the plans so the cycling community should take an interest.There are consultation events to be held on the following dates:

Thursday 20

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Leader supports Space for Cycling

Eric Booth talks about Freedom to Ride

Portsmouth Cyclists turned out in numbers last night for Portsmouth Cycle Forum’s “Dutch Style, Bristol Fashion” meeting. The room, provided by the University student’s union, was packed with riders keen to hear how cycling is being encouraged across the country. Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy director of the national

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Dutch Style – Bristol Fashion

Safe Cycling in Bristol

We have our next open meeting on Thursday 13 February at 7pm at the Student Union building on Cambridge Road.

At our last meeting we looked at how the Dutch have created cycle-friendly towns and cities.  Thank you to everyone who attended – we hope you enjoyed it and

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Road Justice

Today a driver received a 12 month ban from driving and a suspended prison sentence for killing a cyclist on a straight road in broad daylight. The court heard that the cyclist would have been clearly visible to the driver for some 11 seconds before the impact but for some reason

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Social Cycling Buddies

Social Cycling Buddies is a new group Portsmouth, aiming to encourage cyclists of all levels to get out on bikes. Portsmouth Cycle Forum members are welcome to join their events which are listed on Facebook and on their website. The next event on 30 November. All rides are casual, and always involve food at some point.

For more information visit 

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Doing it Dutch style

Cycling in Groningen

Family cycling in Groningen

Portsmouth Cycle Forum Open Meeting, 14th November 2013

Last Thursday Portsmouth Cycle Forum held one of its best attended meetings yet. The venue was the University of Portsmouth Students Union and the theme was to describe how the Dutch method of designing and building cycle routes could be used in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth resident David

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