Category Archives: Campaigns

Portsmouth Cycling Manifesto Launched at Bike Week 2011

MPs launch Bike Week 2011 at Westminster
MPs launch Bike Week 2011 at Westminster

With the start of the UK’s largest mass cycling participation event, Team Great Britain Bike Week 2011, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has launched its Cycling Manifesto.

The Forum seeks cross party support to improve the patchy cycle route network so that safer everyday cycling is for all ages in Portsmouth who want to beat the traffic, save money, stay in shape, explore and have fun. It will gather the responses received from councillors and others and the findings will be announced in August. You can view the manifesto by selecting the link below.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum members will be present at most Bike Week events starting on Saturday 18th June.  The group hosts regular rides, open meetings and get-togethers. It also runs successful Bike recycling and Dr Bike sessions at the Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor PO3 6DN.

Victoria Pendleton, EDF Energy ambassador and World and Olympic champion cyclist is backing Bike Week. She said: “I would encourage everyone to cycle to the shops, school or for leisure, instead of taking the car. It can help you get fit, save money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time.”

Portsmouth Cycle Forum Cycling Manifesto 2011.

For more information on Bike Week 2011

see www.bikeweek.org.uk.

NYC Bike Lanes

A video posted to YouTube by a New York City cyclist fined for not riding in the bike lane provide some laughs as he uses slapstick humour to reinforce the point he made to the NYPD officer ticketing him that the bike lane isn’t always the safest place to be.  Not that the officer was having any of it – he went ahead and issued the summons, telling the cyclist, Casey Neistat, that he faced a fine of anywhere between $10 and $130, despite the rider pointing out that the driver of a nearby vehicle parked in a bus lane wasn’t being given similar treatment.

As it turned out, he was fined $50 despite the minor detail that not riding in a bike lane isn’t actually against the law in the first place. You can see why there’s often tension between New York’s finest and the city’s cyclists.

With thanks to Road.cc.

Vote for Cycling!

Electoral Ballot BoxVote for bikes, more fun and freedom, fresh air, health – for almost free! Its local election time and here is the result of our own electioneering.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum sent this manifesto to all of the 51 candidates in 14 Portsmouth wards.  We received replies from candidates in 7 wards, Baffins, Central Southsea, Charles Cickens, Cosham, Fratton, Hilsea and Milton.  We have received enthusiastic support from 3 Labour candidates, 3 Conservatives, 1 Green candidate and 1 from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. We have one acknowledgement from the Liberal Democrat party.  So 7 of our wards have candidates apparently uninterested in this manifesto. The liberal democrats are markedly under-represented in our 11% response rate.

Where will you put your cross?

Velo-City 2011

Commuting in Seville
Commuting in Seville


Novel Toucan in Seville
Novel Toucan in Seville

I was lucky enough to attend the recent Velo-City conference in Seville. Velo-City the major international cycling planning conference series in the world and seeks to encourage cycling as a part of daily transport and recreation. It is organised by the European Cycling Federation but is attended by delegates from all continents. The conference is hosted by a different city each year, with the host city decided by a highly competitive bidding process. As a little englander attending velo-city brings a shock of realisation at just how seriously cycling is taken in Europe. The conference is not held in a dingy Travelodge equivalent but in the best conference centre in the city and heavily subsidised by the host city. The hosts consider the long-term benefits of creating such a focus on their use of the bicycle to far outweigh the costs.

This year’s host, Seville, has undergone a remarkable change in recent years. Only 5 years ago Seville was gridlocked and the car was the preeminent form of transport for Sevillans – the modal share for cycling was only 0.2%. Since then a transformational set of transport policies has changed this – cycling now has a modal share of 6.6%. Now about 70,000 people commute by bike each day, which is double the number that use the city’s metro system at only one twentieth of the cost. Many experts would consider 20 years to be a reasonable timescale for such change – Seville has proved that much more ambitious schemes are possible.

To do this Seville has built an extensive – although not yet perfect – network of cycle lanes and a bike hire scheme with 2000 bicycles at 250 locations. The cycle infrastructure follows the main transport desire lines of the city rather than just being put into odd places where there is leftover space anyway. Seville has eschewed the easy options and created a really good cycle network in a very short time.

One interesting feature of the road network in Seville was their equivalent to our Toucan crossings. These crossings give a countdown to cyclists and pedestrians to let you know how long there is to wait and then countdown on green, so you know how long you have to live. These junctions didn’t need a button to be pressed, they assume there will be cycle and pedestrian traffic just as the presence of motor traffic is automatically assumed. I observed that at least one of these junctions gives exactly the same allocation of time to cyclists and pedestrians as it does to motorists – turns of about 50 seconds each. Now wouldn’t that be a great thing to include in a review of the traffic light controlled junctions in Portsmouth?

I was attending the Velo-City conference as an exhibitor which means I didn’t get to attend any presentations but I did still pick up a wealth of useful information. I will be writing it all up in a series of articles here on Pompeybug over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

More information on Velo-City is at:

http://www.velo-city2011.com/eng/inicio.php

and

http://www.ecf.com/3597_1

PCC Traffic Light Review

PCC Traffic Light ReviewA while ago we posted that Portsmouth City Council is in the process of reviewing traffic lights in the city, and that they had already engagmed with taxi drivers in this review (here is a link to the post). We wrote to Cllr Fazackarley (member for traffic & Transportation) to offer our support, we then spoke to him informally to repeat the offer and then wrote again. Sadly no engagment has been forthcoming.  We were also not invited to the ‘public’ tour of problem junctions – this was only attended by carefully selected members of the public and not advertised for wider participation.

We did, however, get a great response from PCF members detailing their concerns with junctions around the city.  We have written these up into a report that has now been delivered to the Councillor.  We will keep you all posted of developments.

The report can be download here in PDF format.

How do cyclists, pedestrians and the disabled get around road works?

Temporary road signs blocking the shared cycle and foot pathWith quite a lot of difficulty in Portsmouth, but there is hope that this may change. We have attended a meeting with Colas (the city’s roads contractor) to look at the issues and try to find a way forward so that the needs of cyclists and other vulnerable groups are taken into consideration. Currently you wouldn’t be blamed for not realising that the Government’s new manual for streets emphasises the importance of making travel for pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled as easy and problem free as possible. The blocking of cycle lanes, cycle paths and footpaths by signs and ‘footpath/cycleway closed’ signs and traffic signs that are directed at vehicles is common practice.

One of the first actions agreed at this meeting was that we would encourage our members to report ‘bad practice’ to the city help desk whenever they came across it so that Colas would be aware of it and so be given the chance to rectify it and learn from it. So if you are inconvenienced or put in danger by some badly and inconsiderately placed barriers, signs or cones please help. Contact the help desk on 023 9283 4869 [email protected]

Hayling Ferry Saved

A new day for the Hayling Ferry
A new day for the Hayling Ferry

We are very pleased to be able to write that the Hayling Ferry service is no longer under threat – PCF has been notified by Cllr Jason Fazackarley that PCC will not be cutting the subsidy.  Cllr Fazackarley said:

“It [the ferry] is saved, I have removed this [the proposed cut] as an offered saving by officers so Portsmouth contribution towards the ferry operation will remain unchanged. I cannot speak for any changes that the County Council may decide to make but Portsmouth City Council will NOT be making any cut to the subsidy.”

Great news.

Take action to save the Hayling Ferry!

Hayling FerryThe proposed city council budget for 2011/12 onwards proposes that the subsidy currently offered to the Hayling Ferry be cancelled.  This will more than likely spell the end for the ferry service which provides a great route into and out of the city for cyclists and pedestrians.  The budget will go to the vote at council on tuesday 8th February.  If you would like the service to be saved then please phone, email or write to your ward councillors to ask them to oppose the motion to scrap the subsidy.

Find your ward councillors here

Some reasons why the ferry needs to remain:

  • The Hayling ferry provides vital access to a rural area to the residents of Portsmouth.  This is one of the very few rural areas that is accessible to the people of Portsmouth without requiring access to a car.  Our MP, Mike Hancock, spoke very eloquently on the breakfast news on this week about how vital public access to rural areas is to the wellbeing of a community and how he was therefore, in opposition to his government’s plans to sell off woodland.  He was absolutely right to make this stand but it will be prove pointless if means of accessing such rural areas are removed.
  • Despite the assertions made in appendix C of the budget report, the Hayling ferry is widely used by citizens of Portsmouth.  It is used daily by workers at Hayling, Havant and Langstone (and further afield) who commute by bike.  It is heavily used by people who wish to visit the beaches or to use the popular Billy Trail by foot or by bike.  The Hayling Ferry link is part of the UK national cycle network route 2 and as such is used by cyclists from across the UK to get into Portsmouth.
  • The major transport challenge Portsmouth faces is surely the fact that most of the city is on an island and there are very few access routes.  Removing one of these routes is surely, at best, extremely unwise?  This will increase pressure on the already extremely congested Eastern Road and will remove, at a stroke, the most pleasant way onto and off of Portsea Island.
  • The Hayling Ferry is good value.  It’s annual subsidy of £15,000 is only about 1.3% of what the pyramids is costing the city this year.  In terms of the value of the leisure and travel opportunities it presents it is punching well above its weight.

‘No Entry – except cycles’ is on its way

In September 2009 we reported that PCC had agreed to introduce two-way cycling on new one-way roads in the city. This came about in large part as a result of lobbying from Portsmouth Cycle Forum. The DfT’s rules have meant that the council has had to either use elaborate engineering measures and create a dedicated contraflow cycle lane at the entry point to the one-way street or use ‘no motor vehicles’ signs. However, it is often claimed that motorists do not understand what the ‘flying motorcycle’ means. You may have noticed some of the new one-way roads with two-way access for cycles in Oxford Road, Mariners Walk and Ringwood Road.

At the time that we reported the PCC decision, the Government was conducting a trial use of ‘no entry’ with the ‘except cyclist’ plate (as they have in other European Countries) in Kensington and Chelsea.  As a result of the success of that trial, according to London Cycling Campaign (LCC) –  ‘a change to the DfT’s signing rules will make it easier for councils to allow cyclists to travel in both directions along streets that have been converted to one-way’.  So the rule that prevents PCC from simply adding an ‘except cyclists’ plate to existing ‘No Entry’ signs is expected to be removed in 2011. This is great news and will allow the easier and less expensive retro-fitting of both existing one-way roads as well as new one-ways.

http://www.lcc.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=2165

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.

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.

Publications

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

Southsea Seafront Cycle Route On-Hold

Southsea seafront contraflow cycleway at South Parade
Southsea seafront contraflow cycleway at South Parade

We have learned today that Phase 2 of the Southsea Seafront Cycle route has been placed “on-hold” as a result of spending cuts within Portsmouth City Council.

This is a very disappointing announcement from an organisation which is supposedly committed to encouraging healthy and sustainable travel. The phase 2 costs pall into insignificance when compared with the £6million or so being spent on the Trafalgar Link Road at Mile End.

Cyclists will have to endure the awful conditions on Clarence Esplanade where the out-dated and dangerous echelon parking will continue for some time to come.

Elsewhere, London Mayor Boris Johnson is implementing Cycle Super Highways to encourage commuters to travel and from work by bicycle. His bicycle hire scheme starts soon. Prime Minister David Cameron is a keen cyclist and wants to encourage others to cycle to reduce their carbon footprints and improve their health. Havant MP David Willetts is also a keen cyclist and is campaigning to keep posties on their bikes.

Please, Portsmouth politicians, think again. Healthy people cost the NHS less than unhealthy ones. The seafront cycle route should be the jewel in Southsea’s crown bringing more people to the seafront without the need for cars and car 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.

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
Portsmouth
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.

[nggallery id=6]

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.

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!

Lakeside Planning Application Approved

1000 Lakeside
1000 Lakeside

The deferred planning application for a new business development at Lakeside, North Harbour was approved at the City Council’s Planning Committee on 9 December.

Councillors on the planning committee expressed the view that it was not incumbent on the developers to provide any further sustainable transport infrastructure.

They did however, agree that cycle infrastructure at Portsbridge is fundamentally inadequate and that something must be done. The implication would seem to be then that PCC will take some action itself.

Councillor Luke Stubbs (Conservative) spoke in favour of the proposals stressing the need for more jobs in the city.  He made no mention of the need to reduce dependence on the car for travel to and from the site.  He proposed that the application should be passed by the planning committee.

Councillor Jacqui Hancock (Liberal Democrat) was silent throughout the proceedings with the exception of seconding Cllr Stubbs proposal.

Councillor Jim Fleming (Liberal Democrat) sympathised with the objectors but felt that the developers had made efforts to accomodate the wishes of the city planners.

Councillor Donna Jones (Conservative) shared Cllr Phillip’s view.  She said that it was a case of risk vs reward – the risk of increasing Portsmouth’s carbon footprint vs the rewards of people having jobs in order to be able to buy bicycles to enjoy cycling.  She quoted a letter form a constituent who asked “if there were no more cars in Portsmouth, would the threat of flooding from the sea recede?”

Portsmouth Cycle Forum (PCF) committee member Mike Dobson made an impassioned plea to the committee not to approve the scheme.  Whilst PCF does not object to the development per-se, we have grave concerns that the transport plans make little provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

This view was backed-up by CTC Right-to-Ride representative Jon Spencer.

Whilst we are disappointed that the Lakeside development has been approved with inadequate sustainable transport provision, the developers, Highcross, have agreed to an open dialoge with us.  We look forward to a useful and constructive relationship which will bring benefits to pedestrians and cyclists.

Strategic Cycle Routes in Portsmouth

Strategic Cycle Routes

In conjunction with the CTC, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has produced a detailed assessment of the current strategic cycle routes in and out of Portsmouth.

The document provides an objective user’s view of the key cycle routes in to and out of Portsmouth. It assesses their safety, their usability by all types of cyclist and how well they meet the Department for Transport (DfT) and Portsmouth City Council (PCC) aspirations for cycle infrastructure.

PCC aspires to produce a cycle network interconnecting all locations in the city – good quality arterial routes in and out of the city are an essential element of any such network.

This document therefore provides a baseline to assist planning and development of Portsmouth’s cycle network.

The document is split into two sections – the main body which presents an overview and assessment of each route and appendices which provide detailed analysis of each route. Both are available for download:

Seafront Cycle Route Gets Green Light

Southsea Seafront Contraflow
Southsea Seafront Contraflow

Portsmouth City Council approved the first phase of the Southsea Seafront cycle route at the Cabinet Meeting on 9 November.

The route will be on the road between Eastney Swimming Pool and South Parade Pier, next to the promenade. The dangerous echelon (angled) parking bays will be replaced with spaces parallel to the road.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum welcomes this decision and we look forward to the opening of the route in the spring of 2010.

We spoke in support of the proposals at the meeting along with the CTC and the Portsmouth Disability Forum.

Southsea Seafront Traders were concerned that the loss of 150 parking spaces would impact their businesses, however the figures presented showed that these spaces were full on very few occasions during the year. At the busiest times, overflow parking will be available on Southsea Common and councillors agreed to look at other sites to replace the spaces that will be lost.

The permanent Park and Ride system will provide much needed relief to the parking problems in Portsmouth and Southsea when it comes on-stream.

The route for Phase 2, from South Parade Pier to Clarence Pier, has yet to be decided.

We will be working with Portsmouth City Council and other interested parties to ensure that it will be safe and practicable.