We’re delighted to announce that our guest speaker at our Open Meeting on the 20th September is Peter Walker. His book Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World takes us on a journey around the world, exploring the varying attitudes to cycling on our highways.
Visit the shining examples of Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where cycling culture is an intrinsic part of the approach of politicians and officials. How have these cities made provision for cyclists and what are the extraordinary benefits?
And then take to the less welcoming roads of Britain, USA and Australia, where cycling can still be a terrifying experience. What are the tragic mistakes being made when planning and developing cities, and how do these mistakes lead to aggression towards the cycling community?
Peter is Political Correspondent for the Guardian. In 2009 he set up the Guardian Bike Blog which has published dozens of writers and has quickly become a primary destination for cycling debate. In 2014 he was named by BikeBizmagazine as one of the 50 most influential people in UK cycling, and in 2016 he was shortlisted in the Specialist Writer category at the Cycling Media Awards.
Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling Commissioner and former professional cyclist Chris Boardman says “Peter Walker has written the book I wanted to write”
We expect this event to be popular, so make sure you put your name down ASAP!
And you may want to buy Peter’s book before the event!
The Open Meeting is on the 20th September at the Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth starting at 7pm
On the 16th March we will be holding our AGM. This meeting is only open to members, however you may join or renew on the door. The cost is a bargain £10 for the whole year. You can also join on the website here.
Once the business of officers reports and electing the new committee is over, we are intending to use the local knowledge of the members present to create a new ‘tube map’ of Portsea’s cycle infrastructure. For background reading on ‘tube maps’ please see this article on the Cycling UK website.
Once complete, we intend to present this to Portsmouth City Council to give them some ideas on prioritising updates to the network.
One of the key purposes of the AGM is to elect a committee to govern the cycle forum’s activities. We’d love to see some new faces on our committee this year to energise our campaigning.
The following committee posts will be up for election – you can put yourself forward for one of them either by letting us know in advance by email (you can reply to this one) or by coming along and volunteering on the night.
Chair– the chair provides leadership to ensure the committee functions effectively.
Vice Chair– the vice chair supports the chair, and is an ideal role for an aspiring chair!
Hon Secretary– the honorary secretary is responsible for the smooth running of the forum – making sure that meetings are planned and delivered effectively. This is not an admin job – it’s about making sure the forum’s operations keep running smoothly.
Treasurer– keeps us solvent.
Membership Secretary – recruiting and keeping track of members.
Communications Manager – managing our communications our members and supporters via email, web, social media and media.
Rides and Events Manager– manage our programme of rides and our attendance at events / fayre’s and so on.
Committee member (up to 6)– an ‘ordinary’ (although no-one’s ordinary) member of our committee, helping to decide how the forum runs and taking a share of the actions to deliver its business.
As well as the standard business of the AGM we discuss how the cycle forum is run and the focus of our campaigns. This is YOUR chance to have a say in how the forum is run.
Themeetingwill take place onThursday 16th March at7.00pmin Lecture Theatre 2 of theRichmond Buildingof the University of Portsmouth.
We have a guest speaker from Leicester at our next openmeeting on Thursday 26th January.
Jan from British Cycling will be telling us about the work they have been doing to transform the city for cycling. As the UK’s first Environment City, Leicester’s city council has plans to quadruple cycling levels by 2024. This is being done by a number of programmes, including spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new infrastructure.
So could this be the reason behind Leicester City’s recent successes?!
Themeetingwill take place onThursday 26 Januaryat7.00pmin Lecture Theatre 2 of theRichmond Buildingof the University of Portsmouth.
We have an open meeting on Thursday. We’ll be discussing the new Solent Deal to devolve transport and other powers from central government to a new Solent Authority. It’ll have money to spend and we want to make sure some it goes into cycling! We’ll also be talking about our Pompey Pothole project to record poor roads and updating you on what has happens since our last meeting. The meeting is at the university Richmond building off Queen St, starting 7pm.