Portsmouth Cycle Forum January Meeting

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Report on the


Cycle Forum Open Meeting – 29 January 2009

Despite the cold and windy weather there was a good attendance at the January 2009 meeting of the Portsmouth Cycle Forum.

Roger Inkpen presented the draft constitution for the Forum which will be fine-tuned and presented to the March meeting to be formally adopted.

We need to be properly constituted in order to be considered for grant funding from the various bodies. The March meeting will also be the Forum

Northern Quarter Cycle Routes

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The Northern Quarter is the name given to the proposed retail development to the north of Portsmouth City Centre which includes the site of the former Tricorn Centre.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum consider the proposed changes to the road layout in the plan by developers Centros

do not provide sufficient access for cyclists.

Some simple, cost-effective changes could be made to give a serious boost to cycling in the city, improve the environment, reduce traffic congestion and help make this a fitter, healthier city.

The current scheme gives little incentive to anyone to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.

We have produced two documents which detail the shortcomings together with our proposals for improvements.

With Centros currently re-designing

the scheme,

there exists

an ideal opportunity to make changes for the better.

Our proposal documents may be found below.

Help us select 30 Sites in Portsmouth for new Cycle Parking

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Do you cycle in Portsmouth?

Do you ever resort to chaining your bike to railings, trees, streetlights etc. because there is no convenient cycle parking?

We’ve been asked by the leader of the Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, to come up with a list of 30 sites for secure bicycle parking in the city.

By “secure” we understand that Sheffield type stands are intended and these can be in groups or ones and twos or more – near shops, restaurants, community centres, schools, stations, houses …

So, please tell us where you’d like to see bicycle parking by clicking on the

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link and we’ll feed the information back to Portsmouth City Council.

Albert Road traffic calming – What do you think?

The traffic calming scheme in Albert Road by the Kings Theatre is largely completed and we are seeking views of cyclists on whether you like it or not.

Kerbs have been dropped to blur the distinction between pavement and carriageway with the intention of giving the road a relaxed “continental” appeal.

Coloured and stainless-steel bollards stop vehicles encroaching into pedestrian areas. These have been enlarged to allow more space for tables and chairs outside shops, pubs and cafes.

Generally, space has been reclaimed for pedestrians from the motor car – not a bad thing (well

cyclists would say that, wouldn’t they!).

The taxi rank has been moved back along Albert Road and some on-street car parking has been removed.

So, what do you think?

Some cyclists have expressed concern that the roadway is narrower than before and that they feel that they are being pushed into the the path of vehicles.

Others have noticed an increase in pavement cycling (or more correctly, cycling in the pedestrian areas).

It has been suggested that a marked cycle lane should be created on the pedestrian side of the bollards in the narrowest sections.

We would like to see the imposition of a 20mph speed limit in this part (and all parts) of albert Road.

Please tell us your views

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We’ll collate the replies and let you know everyone’s views.

PCF Meeting 27 September 2008

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The September meeting of the Cycle Forum was a lively and well attended event.

Topics discussed included :

The Big Draw

The Roadrunner bike scheme

Options for a seafront cycle route

Infrastructure news

You can read a full account of the meeting in the minutes together with comprehensive Infrastructure report.

Check the

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for the date of the next meeting.

Cyclists find the car is still king

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An in-depth feature plus favourable editorial comment on cycling in Portsmouth was published in The News, our local evening paper, on Saturday 18th July 2008.

Political Correspondent, Alex Forsyth, took to the streets on her bicycle and found tha things could be a lot better for cyclists.


Alex concludes that she’ll be staying in her car but we hope that she changes her mind in the coming months.

You can read an abridged version of the article at

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where you will also find a video of her experiences.on two wheels.

We have transcribed the report and editorial into separate documents which are available below.

Cycling in One-Way Streets

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Whenever there is a new proposal for a one-way street then local residents are, quite rightly, consulted.

However many of the roads proposed are quiet and frequented by cyclists who are not necessarily residents.

We have persuaded the City Council to widen their consultation process so that the views of all people using the road are collected.

In addition, we have asked that contra flow cycling is considered when new one-way schemes are proposed.

With the city-wide introduction of the 20 mph speed limit on minor roads this is now a very practical solution providing there is sufficient carriageway width.

Many of you will be familiar with Paradise Street where there is a contra flow cycle lane.

Stafford Street in Southsea has a workable arrangement where only bicycles are allowed to enter the road from Victoria Road South. The Cycle Forum has started to compile a list of one-way streets where we think that contra flow cycling is practical.

Subway Survey

Portsmouth City Council have been reviewing their inventory of pedestrian subways and underpasses with a view to closing some of them in order to save on maintenance charges. Since many underpasses are also used by cyclists (legally!), we decided to conduct a survey of our own.

The results are attached in the document below. Generally we found that most of the remaining underpasses are still of use to both pedestrians and cyclists although they are not always pleasant places. We’d like to see a programme of environmental and lighting improvements to make them more attractive and safer to use.

What do you think?


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with your views.

Proposed changes to bus and cycle lanes at Hilsea

Portsmouth City Council proposes to make the following Order under Sections 1 to 4 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the Order will be as follows:


1. LONDON ROAD The west side, from a point 30m south of Portsbridge Roundabout northwards to Portsbridge Roundabout.

2. NORTHERN PARADE The north-west side, from a point 4m north-east of its northern junction with Hilsea Crescent to the existing bus, taxi, and cycle lane.


1. LONDON ROAD The east side, around the new build-out on the north-west side of the northern end of Northern Parade.

2. NORTHERN PARADE The north-west side, around the new build-out at its junction with London road.

For full details of this Traffic Regulation Order (TRO 46) see the

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New government report on sustainable transport

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The Secretary of State for Transport has recently presented to Parliament a report entitled:

Towards a Sustainable Transport System – Supporting Economic Growth in a Low Carbon World.

The introduction to the executive summary reads:

This document has three aims.

Firstly, it describes how the Government is responding to the recommendations made in the Eddington study to improve transport

PCC Cycling Budget

Portsmouth City Council Local Transport Capital Programme

On behalf of the forum, a letter has been sent to Councillor Alex Bentley, executive member for traffic and transport, expressing concern that the cycling budget has been cut for the second successive year.

Some background information is shown below.

The Website for the Portsmouth Cycle Forum