All posts by Jon Spencer

City Traffic Light Review

PCC Traffic Light ReviewAs you may have read in the Portsmouth Evening News, the City Council is conducting a review of traffic signals across the city with the aim of removing ‘failing’ signals.  The News reported on 31 December that Councillors Fazackarley (executive member for traffic and transportation)  and Stubbs (conservative group spokesman for traffic and transportation) have toured the city with taxi drivers to understand their views on which junctions work and which don’t.

Tells Us What You Think

It is obviously vital that the views of cyclists and pedestrians are adequately and fairly represented in this process.  Traffic lights are there for the safety of all road users, not just to maximise the earning potential of cabbies.  Portsmouth Cycle Forum has written to the Councillors to request that they conduct both a cycling and walking tour of lights in company with members of the cycle forum.  In order for us to effectively plan this we need to know what traffic light controlled junctions you think are a problem for cyclists/pedestrians and why.  Please use the “Contact Us” page to do this.

ChiCycle 10-10-10 Event

ChiCycle take over a parking space for 'In Town without My Car' day
ChiCycle take over a parking space for 'In Town without My Car' day

10-10-10 is a world-wide day for global action on the environment (see for more info).  Chichester Cycle Campaign are staging an event to draw attention to the fact that cycling is a more environmentally friendly way to get from A to B.

They are holding an event at the Cross in Chichester at noon on that Sunday and are giving away 10 10-10 tags to the first 10 cyclists who turn up.  Participants can then either take part in a 10 mile ride or cycle 10 times round the city walls or just join in the photo and cycle home at their leisure.

ChiCycle will be handing out their 20’s Plenty petitions and hope that people will be able to get 10 signatures each as part of their contribution to this global day. 20’s Plenty is a campaign to make residential streets safer for all vulnerable road users especially children and old people, pedestrians and cyclists.

Pro-Bike Pro-Walk Conference 2010

Share the Road Sign
A message to the motorists in Chattanooga

I recently attended the Pro-Bike Pro-Walk Conference organised by the US National Center for Biking and Walking and held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  I was attending on a professional basis and manning a stand in the exhibition hall so was unable to attend the talks but did get to look around the poster sessions and pick up a lot of useful information.

What was really interesting was how strong the sustainable transport movement has become in the US and what has been achieved.  There was evidence that drivers in Chattanooga really were giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists at non-signal controlled junctions.  This is quite unnerving to a brit, grown used to a bit of argy bargy in these situations.

Admittedly Chattanooga is one small town in a big country, but the signs were positive.

I did take a bunch of photos of the various posters on display at the Conference, but need to check they are legible first.

In the meantime here is a list of publications I picked up – if anyone wants to borrow/copy any please let me know.  I will bring the whole lot to the next open meeting.


Title Originator Format Notes
Making the Link from Transportation to Physical Activity and Obesity Active Living Research Academic Research Brief Overview of research work on active travel.
The Way We Want to Live Active Transortation Alliance Glossy Brochure 2010 Annual Report
Walk Across Illinois – Get Active and Get Going Active Transortation Alliance Glossy Brochure Encouraging physical activity in Illinois.
10 Fast Facts about the United States Bicycle Route System Adventure Cycling Association Single Sheet Facts about the developing US national cycle network, includes map.
US Bicycle Route System – Getting It Done Adventure Cycling Association A3 single sheet Update on progress in faux-newspaper stylee.
US National Cycle Network Map Adventure Cycling Association Single Page Map Single page map of the US national cycle network.
Advocacy Advance Alliance for Biking and Walking Trifold Leaflet Appears to be about a US-based funding source. May be some useful info.
Alliance for Biking and Walking Alliance for Biking and Walking Trifold Leaflet Introduction to the Alliance for Biking and Walking
Top 10 Advocacy Tips for Bike Retailers Alliance for Biking and Walking Trifold Leaflet What should you local neighbourhood bike shop be doing to promote safer & better cycling?
Top 10 Tips for developing grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations Alliance for Biking and Walking Single Sheet Thought provoking and useful list of hints for starting and running a campaign group.
Alta Planning and Design Alta Planning and Design Glossy Brochure Marketing leaflet for Alta, a very influential US sustainable regeneration consultancy.
The Next Mile: Indiana 1st America Bikes Single Sheet The next mile project is a to do list of infrastructure projects across the US.
Bcycle Bcycle Trifold Leaflet Marketing leaflet for Bcycle hire bikes as used in Denver.
The Crank Bike Denver Glossy Newsletter Newsletter of bike Denver – Spring/Summer 2010.
Bixi Bixi Trifold Leaflet Marketing leaflet for Bixi hire bikes as used in London, Montreal and many other cities
Bicycle Commuting Cascade Bicycle Club Trifold Leaflet A guide for commuters.
Cascade Bicycle Club Cascade Bicycle Club Glossy Brochure Propaganda about the huge Cascade Bicycle Club
Go by Bike Cascade Bicycle Club Trifold Leaflet One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking. This one written from the cyclist’s point of view by the 12000 strong Seattle based Cascade bicycle club.
How to get around town via bike Cascade Bicycle Club Glossy Magazine A great guide to urban cycling
Bike/Walk Pilot Profile – Marin County, California Federal Highway Administration Report A report in a bike/walk pilot project.
Bike/Walk Pilot Profile – Minneapolis Federal Highway Administration Report A report in a bike/walk pilot project.
Bike/Walk Pilot Profile – Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Federal Highway Administration Report A report in a bike/walk pilot project.
Roundabouts Federal Highway Administration Trifold Leaflet A pamphlet introducing Americans to the concept of roundabouts, and why they are better and safer. I got this mainly ‘cos I’m a euro-snob and thought it was funny.
State of Texas Bicycle Laws Houston City Laminated Card A quick reference to cyclist’s rights and responsibilities in Texas.
2010 Bicycle Friendly America League of American Bicyclists Glossy Magazine Publication listing & ranking bicycle friendly businesses and communities across the US.
2010 State Rankings League of American Bicyclists Trifold Leaflet Ranking of the 50 states in decreasing order of bike-friendliness. Do go to Washington state. Don’t go to Alabama.
American Bicyclist League of American Bicyclists Glossy Magazine July-August Edition of the US version of the CTC’s mag. Contains a very clear and useful outline of the organisations goals.
Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community League of American Bicyclists Trifold Leaflet An initiative for making communities bike friendly.
Creating a bicycle friendly University League of American Bicyclists Trifold Leaflet How and why a University should make its campus bike friendly.
Help us build a Bicycle Friendly America League of American Bicyclists Trifold Leaflet Join the League of American Cyclists.
Is your College or University bike friendly? League of American Bicyclists A5 flyer Questionnaire for inmates to asses the bike-friendliness of their place of incarceration.
Make your business a Bike Friendly Business League of American Bicyclists Trifold Leaflet The Bicycle Friendly Business programme promotes active, healthy lifestyles for employees.
Share the Road Marin County Bicycle Coalition Trifold Leaflet One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking.
What you need to know to safely ride the roads Marin County Bicycle Coalition Trifold Leaflet One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking.
On Common Ground National Association of Realtors Glossy Magazine American Estate Agent’s trade mag tackling some unexpected ground including ‘Changing Travel Behaviour’ and ‘Dealing with Water Scarcity’.
Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design National Center for Biking and Walking Glossy Magazine This in-depth publication deals with the problems of obesity and how to tack it through better street design to encourage people into active travel. Very useful, US-centric in parts. Cost me $5 so am keen to keep tabs on this one!
Safe Routes to School across the US National Center for Safe Routes to School Single Page Map Map of US safe routes to shool schemes.
Nevada Safe Routes to School Calendar Nevada Department of Transportation Calendar Calendar for families to record how they travel to school each day and record monthly totals
Bike Smart NYC Department of Transportation A6 Booklet One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking. This one is a cut above the others.
Bring your Bike Inside NYC Department of Transportation A6 Flyer Introducing the “Bikes in Buildings” law in NYC. Allows employees to bring their bikes inside.
NYC Cycling Map 2010 NYC Department of Transportation Fold-out map New York City Cycling map. Interesting to compare how the mapping is done.
Bicycle Safety Rules Palmetto Cycling Coalition Bookmark One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking.
Cycling Safely Palmetto Cycling Coalition Trifold Leaflet One of a number of leafelts promoting safe, responsible and law-abiding biking.
Active Transportation Consulting PedNet Coalition Trifold Leaflet A campaign group from Columbia selling their expertise. An interesting model.
Active Community Transportation Act Rails to Trails Conservacy Single Sheet Information about a proposed federal active transport law
Active Transportation Trivia Rails to Trails Conservacy Single Sheet Some active transport stats from the US
Safe Routes News Transportation Authority of Marin Colour Booklet Newsletter for Marin County Safe Routes to Schol Schemes
Various Bumper Stickers Various Various Stickers with bikey slogans to stick on the bumber of your car, or elsewhere. Free to any type of home at all.

Some Interesting Websites

National Center for Safe Routes to School

League of American Bicyclists

Bikes in Buildings

American Bicycle Network

Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals

Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center (Bicycle Web site)

Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center (Pedestrian Web site)

Rails to Trails Conservancy

National Center for Biking and Walking

Traffic and Transportation Meeting – A Success

Cosham High Street
Cosham High Street

Portsmouth Cycle Forum presented a deputation at the PCC Traffic & Transportation meeting on the 15th July. The deputation was against the proposed implementation of echelon-style parking outside the old cinema in Cosham. Our argument was that echelon parking presents an unacceptable hazard to all vulnerable road users, especially cyclists.

The outcome was that the decision to implement the echelon parking was deferred until a meeting has taken place between the retail manager for Cosham, the PCC officers responsible and the cycle forum.  The text of our deputation is attached, along with the traffic regulation order (TRO) which proposed the echelon parking.

Seafront Cycle Route FAQ

Seafront Cycle Route
Alfie Perry-Ward on the Seafront Cycle Route

In response to the lively public debate about the virtues of the new seafront cycle route we have produced a set of frequently asked questions and answers to address some of the most common concerns.  The document can be found in our infrastructure section or by clicking this link.

Portsmouth’s Cycle Forum believes that the new cycle route makes a massively positive contribution to the seafront and the city and is in whole hearted support of it. If you haven’t tried it yet then we can only suggest you get your bike out and go for a ride.

Conference Programme

Future Cycling Cities
Future Cycling Cities

The programme for the forthcoming CTC/Cyclenation conference is taking shape and it’s looking good. The cycle forum is hosting the conference at Portland Building (part of the University of Portsmouth) on the 17th April.  We now have a full programme of confirmed speakers on subjects from 20mph to law enforcement.  Full details are here on the conference website – check them out and book your place.

Conference Poster

Future Cycling Cities A4 Poster
Future Cycling Cities A4 Poster

Here is a poster for the upcoming CTC/Cyclenation conference we are hosting.  The poster is A4 sized for easy printing and has details of all the highlights of the conference programme.  It is in PDF format for you to download and print – put them up wherever you can so that people will see them.

There is a booking form on the reverse so print some out and give them to all your cycling buddies.

Seafront Cycle Route

Southsea Seafront Contraflow
Southsea Seafront Contraflow

Most of you will have noticed by now that the first phase of the seafront cycle route is being built – indeed a long stretch of it is all but complete.  You will also noticed that there has been considerable criticism of the route in the local press.  It is vitally important that we show Portsmouth City Council how popular this route is  – otherwise there is a great risk that the decision makers will get cold feet when asked to approve phase 2.  Therefore could we please ask all of you to write to Simon Moon, head of traffic and transportation at Portsmouth City Council expressing support for the seafront cycle route.

If you are not sure what to write or are short of time then we have created a form with which you can automatically email Simon Moon.  Click here to find it.

However, a unique letter or email always has more impact so if you have time to write one Simon Moon’s Contact details are:

Simon Moon
Portsmouth City Council
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
Hampshire, PO1 2BG

email: [email protected]

Love Your Bike

The University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council have joined forces to stage Love Your Bike on the 30th May 2010. The event will take place throughout the day at Southsea Skatepark and on into the evening at Parmiter’s Antiques and Little Johnny Russell’s on Albert Road.

Bike culture is an important part of cycling and regaining the streets. Love Your Bike Portsmouth aims to encourage participants to fully embrace the possibilities of connecting with their bikes and explore the many ways that they can improve it’s appearance and design. The event will feature workshops, bike demo’s, bike polo, marketstalls, bike artwork, bike safety and a showcase bike arena.

More information is on the Love Your Bike website.

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Vote for a Logo!

Logo Montage
Logo Montage

Entries for the PCF logo competition have now closed  and voting has opened!

We are looking for a new logo that helps us to attract new members, in particular younger members.  To do this we need a strong, instantly recognisable visual symbol that shows we are a modern, forward thinking organisation that is willing to embrace new ideas.  We would like it to be appreciated by current members of the forum but that is not its primary purpose.

More guidance on what we need from a logo is here.

To vote for your favourite logo follow this link.

Hilsea Station Victory

Hilsea Station
Hilsea Station

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee today approved plans for a shared pedestrian and cycle route linking Devon Road in Copnor to Hilsea station.

The plan will give cyclists and pedestrians a much needed safe route to the station.  John Holland deputised in support of the proposals by PCC at the planning meeting.

There were two deputations against the proposals on behalf of local residents, who raised concerns about commuters parking in residential streets and using the new route to get to Hilsea station.

Councillor Luke Stubbs spoke effectively in support of the plan which was approved by a narrow majority.

A PCF Logo

Ric Robinson Logo
The Proposed Logo

Another issue that was discussed at the open meeting on the 14th January was a proposed PCF logo. This logo was produced for us for free by a professional graphic artist. The aim was to create a logo that enables instant recognition and would resonate with younger (potential) cyclists. It is fair to say that the result is a strong design that divided opinion.

As some members were so strongly opposed to the new logo we felt it a good idea to give all members the opportunity to propose a design and then choose a favourite. If you’d like to have your say on the PCF logo then follow this link.

Hayling Billy Trail Opening


Location of Hayling Billy Trail Opening

The opening of the new section of the Hayling Billy Trail will take place at Havant Road Langstone, at the junction with Mill Lane, on the 26th Feb 2010 at 10.30 am.

The new path will be opened by David Willets MP, portfolio holder Jenny Wride along with Simon Pratt from Sustrans.

Tea and coffee will be provided at the Sailing Club after the opening with a small display showing future joint cycle improvement and safe routes to school projects that Sustrans, HCC and HBC are intending to carry out within the Borough over the next 18 months.

Please cycle!  Failing that use either public transport or walk. Parking will be difficult.

Open Meeting

Portsmouth Guildhall
Portsmouth Guildhall

The cycle forum met on the 14th January.  The minutes from that meeting are not yet available but in the meantime here are two of the presentations from the meeting.

Chairman’s Presentation – Portsmouth Cycle Forum 14 Jan 10 (Powerpoint File)

Roger Inkpen – Seafront Cycle Route Phase II (Powerpoint file)

Unfortunately Barry Rawlings of Portsmouth City Council was unable to attend so there was no presentation on traffic signals.  The other agenda item was the new web site  – this is it!

Local Transport Plan 3

Seafront Cycling
Seafront Cycling

Local transport plans are an important part of transport planning in England. Strategic transport authorities (in our case Portsmouth City Council) are expected to prepare them as forward-looking plans and present them to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The current Local Transport Plan (LTP2) is due to end in 2011 and LTP3 is in preparation.  LTP3 is potentially a very long lived plan (possibly in excess of 15 years) and it is therefore essential that we get cycling into the heart of the plan from the outset.  With this in mind PCF members and CTC Right-to-Ride reps Hilary Reed and Jon Spencer met with the PCC LTP3 team today. As a result PCC has committed to engage with the cycle forum throughout the creation of LTP3.

CTC Cycle Digest 60 focussing on LTP 3 is available here.

The CTC guide to cycle friendly local transport can be downloaded here.