Our next meeting takes place on Thursday 23rd April at 6:45pm, once again in Room 0.08 of the University of Portsmouth Park Building, behind the Guildhall (map). It will be only two weeks before polling day the focus will be on the forthcoming local and national elections.
We’ve invited all local candidates in the election along. We’ve sent them all a letter asking if they will support our City to Share document to create a safer, cleaner and more attractive city, and a local and national commitment to £10 per head on cycling each year. We’ll be posting their responses on this site as they come in and giving our analysis at the meeting. There will be plenty of time for questions.
Robert Goodwill MP and Conservative Candidate Flick Drummond pose with a copy of A City to Share
Last Thursday Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, visited Portsmouth. The visit was prompted by a letter from Cllr Donna Jones, the leader of PCC, which was in turn prompted by engagement from Portsmouth Cycle Forum in a meeting following the launch of our cycling strategy, A City to Share.
The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to find out about the cycling initiatives taking places in Portsmouth and to discuss the measures needed to increase cycling levels. The Minister said that the momentum in the cities enjoying Cycle Ambition grant funding was such that fund could be diverted now to others, such as Portsmouth.
Cllr Jones mentioned the possibility of a Sky-Ride in 2016 but Sky’s sponsorship ends in that year.
Portsmouth Cycle Forum Vice-Chair John Holland was able to give a brief overview of A City to Share and the minister took a copy with him. He nodded in the right places and he mentioned the Government’s aim to increase cycle spending to £10 a head (with no date for achieving that though). Feedback is that the Minister is impressed with the strategy.
Following the meeting John Holland was joined by more members of the Forum to accompany the ministerial throng to The Hub in Winston Churchill Avenue. The Minister then took a “photo opportunity” bike ride along the seafront cycle route which was joined by Flick Drummond, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South. An ITV cameraman was in attendance.
These are the accounts for Portsmouth Cycle Forum, financial year ending 28 February 2015.
Portsmouth Cycle Forum Accounts
Income: Our regular income relies solely on subscriptions from paid-up members, with occasional one-off donations.
Members: Thanks to a much higher profile Facebook page, regular newsletters and media publicity, our paid membership grew from 36 to 66.
Costs: We try to keep …
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At the Special Traffic and Transportation Decision Meeting on 13 March the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Donna Jones, decided that the section of the southbound bus lane on Mile End Road between Haversham Road and Church Street should be removed and the space given to general traffic.
Cllr Jones proposed this as a solution …
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Our next open meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 19th March at the John Pounds Centre on Queen Street [map]. As well as the AGM, which should only take a short time, we will be continuing the debate on how to make space for cycling on Portsmouth’s …
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Mile End Bus Lane
Today at the Traffic & Transportation Cabinet Meeting Cllr Ken Ellcome decided to marginally shorten the Mile End bus lane. The recommendation from officers was to maintain the lane as is, but there was an alternative proposal to drastically shorten the lane.
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats asked for the lane to …
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Youth Racing at the Mountbatten Centre
Having a nearly 115 year unbroken run of riding and racing, the Mountbatten Centre’s Cycle Track was closed In March of 2014 by Portsmouth City Council (PCC) and the operator, Parkwood Leisure. This was due to safety concerns following a fatal accident in a senior men’s race.
It is obviously essential …
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In a bid to get more women cycling Portsmouth City Council has teamed up with British Cycling to recruit new volunteers to lead ladies-only rides.
Breeze is British Cycling’s biggest ever programme to get more women riding bikes for fun. Led by women for women, it relies on a hugely important group of volunteer champions to bring …
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This Thursday Portsmouth City Council will make a decision about the future of the Mile End Road bus lane. The clamour from frustrated motorists has forced a re-evaluation of the road layout. Can we really afford the space for that bus lane?
The aim of removing the bus lane would be simple: to increase the number …
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The next meeting of Portsmouth Cycle Forum will be at 7pm on Thursday 12th February 2015 in Park Building, University of Portsmouth on King Henry I Street – just behind the Guildhall (map). The meeting will take the form of a debate, discussing we make the main routes in Portsmouth safe …
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Bus lane sign
A decision to allow private hire vehicles (PHVs) into bus lanes in Portsmouth has been deferred by Cllr. Ken Ellcome. The proposal was opposed by Hackney Carriage drivers, a local bus operator, Sustrans and Portsmouth Cycle Forum. Road safety professionals in Portsmouth City Council also advised against it.
PHVs and taxis provide affordable door-to-door …
Continue reading Private Hire vehicles in bus lanes – A statement from Portsmouth Cycle Forum
The issue of whether or not Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs), often called minicabs, should be allowed to use bus lanes will be decided at Thursday’s meeting of the Portsmouth City Council (PCC) Traffic & Transportation cabinet. Portsmouth Cycle Forum are against the idea, as we’ve previously explained, and we’re …
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A PHV making creative use of cycle-only lights on Flathouse Road
Portsmouth City Council is considering allowing Private Hire Vehicles to use bus lanes. To use technical terminology, a Taxi is a Hackney Carriage, and a Minicab is a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV). A Hackney Carriage licence allows the driver to pick up fares on the …
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Tommy Godwin, Year record holder (source Tommygodwin.com)
As 2014 sputters to an end and its last moments are vomited into the gutters of Guildhall Walk it’s a suitable moment to pause, reflect and plan. We’ve come a long, long way in 2014 and put cycling into the mainstream of political debate. In 2015 we need to …
Continue reading New Goals for the New Year: Big dreams and big miles
A very merry Christmas to one and all from all of us at Portsmouth Cycle Forum. 2014 has been a very successful year for Portsmouth Cycle Forum and I’d like to thank you for the part you’ve played in that. We began the year with a visit from Bristol Cycle Campaign who told us about the …
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On Tuesday 2nd December Portsmouth Cycle Forum also met with the leader of PCC, Cllr Donna Jones, and the Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation Cllr Ken Ellcome to follow up on the launch of our cycle strategy, A City to Share.
In attendance were Cllrs Jones and Ellcome, …
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On Tuesday 2nd December Portsmouth Cycle Forum was invited to the first meeting of the City Council’s Transport Stakeholder Liaison Group. The new Tory administration has significantly widened the engagement of these transport stakeholder meetings. There re now no fewer than five groups: A taxi operators group, a bus operators group, a rail operators group, an …
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Cycle Forum committee members Jon Spencer and Mike Dobson took a cycle tour of the city on Monday night Portsmouth City Council’s Assistant Head of Transport Marc Griffin and Active Travel Officer James Roberts. Along for the ride was Simon Pratt, regional director of Sustrans. The aim was to review the current …
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A CITY TO SHARE includes accessibility for all to our coast and heritage. The proposed new flood defences for Southsea seafront present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a missing section of the seafront cycle.
Do you want a cycle route along the seafront between the two piers so that you and your family can cycle without fear of being …
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Recently the topic of The Rules has popped it’s head up in a couple of discussions over on the book of faces. I should say up front, for people who worry about these things, that The Rules aren’t real rules. They are meant …
Continue reading Reflections on Rule 5 and Real Cyclists