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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 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!
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.
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 www.naomihouse.org.uk/events/showevent/petersfield-cycle-challenge
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 theWEDNESDAY 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 …
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.
Fingers 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.
The ‘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.
Join us for a winter family bike ride following quiet roads & cycle routes to the mainland then taking the Broadmarsh Cycle route towards Havant. We’ll return by a similar route. All ages and abilities welcome.
Don’t forget the next Wednesday morning bike ride on 18 January. The route will be tailored to suit those taking part and rides last approximately 2 hours with a coffee stop included. All ages and abilities are welcome. Meet at 10.30 at the fountain in Victoria Park, Portsmouth City Centre.