Category Archives: Rides

Vote Bike

Local elections are almost upon us and one third of the council seats are up for grabs. Now’s your chance to press your local candidates to commit to making cycling safer if they win on Thurs May 3rd.

We’re asking candidates to sign up to deliver “A City to Share” (check it out) – our vision is that Portsmouth becomes the pre-eminent cycling city of the UK and is:

A city fit for the future: a healthy, safe, sustainable, prosperous city that people want to live in, to work in and to visit.

A city where we share spaces, co-operate with each other and treat one another with courtesy and respect

On Saturday 21 April we invited local candidates to join us for a bike ride and picnic and talk about what they will do to make our city a better place.

Despite some recent local improvements, Portsmouth is still the most dangerous place in the country to cycle, after London – this has to change before more people will feel safe enough to ride.

At our picnic, Tom Guha, infrastructure campaigner with Cycling UK reminded us just how important the physical environment is for making cycling safe and attractive. He spoke to our members and the candidates about the tragically avoidable death of Tim Atkins who died last year after a collision with another cyclist on a poor stretch of cycle path which saw him fall into the Eastern Road and the path of an oncoming van. Everyone was cycling and driving as they should have been, but the terrible sight lines at this location meant the two cyclists had no chance of seeing the other coming. Since Tim’s death, the junction has been improved and political cross party agreement was made to invest more in cycle infrastructure.

Candidates from Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem parties came along and pledged to do more if they are elected.

Councillor Bosher, current conservative transport portfolio holder and standing again in Drayton and Farlington ward committed to “continue with [investing] over 30% of LTP [local transport plan funding] in cycling; introduce early release lighting at junctions..and…introduce mandatory cycle lanes” (i.e. ones where you can’t park you car, not even for a couple of minutes)

Ben Dowling, lib dem councillor standing again in Milton ward pledged to “work with Portsmouth Cycle Forum to implement “A City to Share” as far as is possible.”

Tom Coles, labour candidate for Fratton promised to “work towards implementing … A City to Share” and “work on further safe routes.”

Elections will be held on Thurs 3rd May so now’s the time to drop your candidates a line, a letter, an email, a tweet; whatever you like, just let them know how you feel and what improvements you’d like to see! Find your candidates here #acitytoshare #votebike #spaceforcycling

Join us for our first big ride of the year! – Sat 21 April

This coming Saturday, 21 April, local residents are set to pedal their way across Portsmouth to the Watkins and Faux Cafe on Southsea Seafront, where candidates in the forthcoming council elections have also been invited to discuss those issues about cycling in the city, and they will be encouraged to give their pledges to improve the city’s cycling facilities.

The event is led by the Portsmouth Cycle Forum and is one of twelve events taking place ahead of the local elections as part of Cycling UK’s ‘Vote Bike’ campaign.

Building on the momentum of last year, in which Portsmouth City Council passed a motion to ring-fence a minimum proportion of its annual Local Travel Plan funding to invest in cycle infrastructure in support of the Forum’s ‘A City to Share’ strategy the event hopes to get support for the plans from all council candidates.

Tom Guha, Cycling UK’s Infrastructure Campaigner said: “Last year, Portsmouth council got behind our vision of a happier, healthier and more active city. With a third of the council’s seats potentially about to change hands, it is critical that all incoming candidates buy into that vision and do what they can to accelerate it”.

Ian Saunders, Chair of the Cycle Forum said: “Portsmouth already has one of the country’s highest rates of cycling – but it remains a comparatively dangerous place to do so. Our vision is of city where everyone feels safe to cycle – and it is fantastic to see so many council candidates already backing us.”

After arriving at Watkins and Faux café at Southsea Tennis Club by 2pm, there will be a short presentation before attendees will be able to chat to candidates, PCF and Cycling UK reps and have a picnic. So, alongside your sarnies, you’ll also get a chance to ask that burning question to prospective new councillors like “why does the cycle lane near my house just stop” or “how can you make Copnor Road safe for my children to cycle to school” etc, etc.

The ride is open to all, riding on quiet or traffic free routes, and can be picked up from following points, or you can arrive directly at Watkins & Faux in time for the 2pm start.

  • 12:30 depart from Farlington Marshes, then roughly every fifteen minutes at the next spots, but arrive early; in case we do too – we’ll have hungry pic-nickers so we won’t wait about…
  • Portsmouth Watersports Centre
  • Goals / Tangiers Road Junction on Eastern Road
  • Bransbury Park Car Park
  • Coffee Cup – Eastney Esplanade

The ‘PCF Big Bike Picnic Ride’ Facebook Event is available to register for the ride to ensure that there are enough ride leaders for the number of people attending.

Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride 2017

You can register here.

Bring your hi-vis, glow-in-the-dark accessorise and lights, and take part in our bigger and brighter Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride on Southsea seafront on Saturday 14 October from 6.30pm – 7.30pm – registration from 5.30pm.

It’s a fun, free family event, celebrating safe night-time cycling, on a 3km traffic free route along the seafront. If you are one of the best-lit cyclists, you could win a prize.

The ride starts on Eastney Esplanade near Canoe Lake and will be open for an hour from 6.30pm – 7.30pm, allowing cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling round the course at their own pace while lighting up the night. Make sure you sign up to be part of the spectacle!

The registration desk will be open from 5.30pm. Sign-in will be quicker if you’ve already given us your details online so register now. There will be free glow drawstring bags and goodies for participants. Bike Doctor will be there from 5.30pm so if you need your brakes tightened, saddle adjusted or a quick check over get there early.

Please remember that it is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors. Anyone without lights could be issued with a £30 fine. You can get good-quality lights and cycle gear from the council at almost cost price. Just ask at reception at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square.

[courtesy of Portsmouth City Council]

Stretch Yourself with the Cathedral Challenge

Portsmouth CTC are organising a series of week-end rides for people new to group riding or who haven’t cycled for a while. They start after Easter with short ‘get to know you’ rides that include a free bike check and progress through longer distances, tackling a series of challenges along the way:

  • Bronze: Havant to Portsmouth cathedral and back
  • Silver: Chichester cathedral and back via the South Downs National Park
  • Gold: Winchester cathedral and back

All rides are led by CTC-accredited ride leaders and supported by experienced riders. They start from The Spring Centre in Havant or Bidbury Park in Bedhampton.

The Cathedral Challenge page provides more information including some inspirational stories from some of our members who have achieved far more on a bike than they thought possible.

There’s no need for sponsorship, and there’s no fee to join any of the rides. The only cost is one-year’s subscription to CTC if people join more than three rides.

The event is inspired by Bristol CTC’s very successful ‘Get Gorge-ous’ rides.

Book Now for the Lord Mayor’s Bike Ride

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, launches 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 fun bike ride for all the family to enjoy, or for the more advanced cyclists, the Full Island Ride which takes in spectacular views along the coast.

All proceeds form the ride will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal fund which, this year, is supporting Brain Tumour Research, Portsmouth Young Carers and the Baffins Pond Association.

Wiggle have kindly donated a £500 state-of-the-art bike as a prize. The lucky winner will be selected from entrants who manage to raise more than £50 sponsorship.

Portsmouth Cycle Exchange have also kindly donated two bikes that will be awarded to the ‘best dressed rider’ and the person who raises the most sponsorship money.

Portsmouth Cycle is helping with the event providing marshals and we will be having a stall at the start/finish.

For further details of the rides and to register please visit:



City Centre Development – Our response

City Centre North Development
City Centre North Development

Portsmouth Cycle Forum has put together two responses to the development plans for the Northern Quarter redevelopment in the city centre.  The first deals with Portsmouth City Council’s plans to change the road system to support the new development.  We are concerned that cyclists and other non-motorised users are not adequately provided for in the proposed road network design.  For the road design to be successful it is essential that safe, attractive and convenient routes are provided for cyclists both to access the new development and to bypass it.  These routes should be well connected to the existing cycle network. In our view these aims are not achieved in the current design.

Read our full response to PCC on the road system plans.

We also responded to the developer Centros’s plans for the development itself.  We made it clear in our response that for the development to work it needs to welcome and cater for cyclists from the outset.

Read our full response to Centros on the development plans.

Please note that both of the above are at the pre-planning stage.  Full planning applications are expected early in 2014.

Castle to Castle Family bike ride

Southsea CastleRowlandsCastleGreenOur September family bike ride is on Sunday 29th from Southsea Castle to Rowlands Castle and back. We’ll depart at 10am, and arrive back by 1pm.  We’ll follow National Cycle Network routes which are on cycleways and quiet roads throughout. At Rowlands Castle there’s be time for teae, coffee or a late breakfast. Join us!

Spring and Summer Bike Rides

Ride programme - spring summer 2013
Ride programme – spring summer 2013

We have just finalised our programme of rides for the coming few months.  The rides are open to riders of all abilities, young or old, fast or slow.  Each of the rides is guided by an experienced, trained ride leader and will move at the pace of the slowest rider.  These rides are all about seeing the city and its surrounds in a different way and at a relaxed pace.  Why not give them a try?

The first ride  is the Bluebells Ride and Walk on Sunday 12 May. It starts at 10am at The Good Companion pub on Eastern Road. The ride uses cycle paths and country roads to travel up the hill and round the back through Purbrook to bluebell wood for a walk through ancient woodland.

Download the full ride programme here.

Petersfield Cycle Challenge in aid of Naomi House

Petersfield Cycle Challang

Naomi House, the charity providing support to children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families from across the Central South, are organising a cycle ride on Sunday 3 March. Entrants can choose to ride either  40km or 100km and there is an option to pay a higher registration fee (£30) and not raise sponsorship, or pay a lower registration fee and aim to raise some money. For details more information see

Swan Ride to Emsworth – Sunday 30 September

The Mill Pond at Emsworth
The Mill Pond at Emsworth

We are off on our end of month ride again this Sunday 30 September..

Meeting at Canoe Lake, Southsea at 10am.

We’ll be sticking to mostly cycle ways following the seafront cycle route to take the Hayling Ferry across the harbour, along the Billy-Trail to Langstone then cycle to Emsworth to visit the Mill Pond swans.

You can either ride back or catch the train home from Emsworth station.

Starts at 10:00 – see you there!

And don’t forget the WEDNESDAY MORNING BIKE RIDE on 3 Otober. Meet at Stacey Centre, Walsall Rd from 10.15 am. Rides will start at 10.30, last for about 2 hours and include a stop for coffee …

Wednesday Morning Bike Rides

The Wednesday morning bike rides give the opportunity to meet people and explore Portsmouth’s quieter streets and cycle routes. Rides start at the Stacey Community Centre in Walsall Road, Copnor (near St Mary’s Hospital) and there is always a stop for coffee stop either en-route on the way.

The  rides are on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (and not as stated in a recent press article). Dates for the next two months are: 5 September, 19 September, 3 October, 17 October.

Social ride to Rowlands Castle – Sunday 26 August

The Green at Rowlands Castle
The Green at Rowlands Castle

We’re off for a ride to Rowlands Castle on Sunday morning.

Meeting at the Good Companions at the bottom of the Eastern Road at 10 and picking up at Farlington Marshes at 10.30.

As with all the rides, we will be progressing at the speed that suits all riders so we won’t leave anyone behind and don’t forget, you can always get the train back if you want.

Join us for this social ride and meet some other people that like to ride too. We’ll be stopping at the cafe in the village or bring a picnic for the green.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

If you prefer a gentler ride, why not join Gill, Pam and friends for the WEDNESDAY MORNING BIKE RIDE Meet at Stacey Centre, Walsall Rd from 10 am

Rides will start at 10.30, last for about 2 hours and include a stop for coffee …

Titchfield Haven Ride (‘n’ Walk) – Sunday 29 July

Titchfield HavenFingers are crossed for a dry and sunny Sunday 29 July when we’ll be setting-off at 10am from The Hard Interchange (by the Gosport Ferry) to cross the harbour and then cycling along the coast to the beautiful Titchfield Haven. We’ll have a refreshment stop and there’ll be time to explore the nature reserve or beach (or both) before returning. The pace will be leisurely- all ages and abilities welcome.

Two little ducks explore route 22

two little ducks

Tomorrow we’re off to explore the Sustrans route 22 along the western side of Portsmouth.

The local ranger has been working hard to sign this part of the national cycle network so come along and see where we fit into the national picture.

Hope to see you at the Hard (near the station) at 10.30 tomorrow morning.

Henry Cort Sculpture Park Ride 26 February

Henry Cort Sculpture Park Performance srtucture by Kate MaddisonThe ‘Henry Cort Sculpture Park’ features Millennium Exhibition of puddled wrought iron sculptures and street furniture in West Street, Fareham. We’ll be riding there (and back) to look at the exhibition on Sunday 26 February leaving from the Guildhall Square at 10am and with a pick-up point at Hilsea Lido. at 10.20am.  This is a family ride – all welcome.  We’ll be back by 1pm.

Download a poster