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Newsletter - November 2010
Your parking concerns

Members of the committee met recently with PCC Parking Operations Manager, Michael Robinson, to discuss parking related matters. Michael said that he would like to hear about problem areas so we're asking all members to send their problems to [email protected] and we will collate them. We have identified several "hot spots" already (parking on cycle lanes in Albert Road, for example) but there are many other locations where parked vehicles block sight lines and impede progress. So, get thinking and get writing!
Picture of car parked on cycle lane

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea

Clarence Esplanade is the road which runs along Southsea seafront between South Parade Gardens and Clarence Pier. Colas will be resurfacing the parking bays (but not the carriageway) starting on 4 November. We have asked the City Council to use this opportunity to adjust the angle of the echelon parking bays to encourage drivers to reverse into spaces rather than head straight into them since, when leaving, they reverse "blind" into the oncoming traffic.

Our proposal would bring the marked bays up to current Department for Transport standards (the existing bays are not compliant) but the reaction has from PCC been lukewarm. The problem, it seems, is that people are used to the bays as they are and to change them would cause confusion. Also we're told that with vehicles reverse parked, the parking officers will have to walk into the carriageway to inspect tickets attached to windscreens! Did we mention that the whole exercise would cost very little since all white lines will be repainted anyway?
Langstone Harbour ride - National Cycle Network film competition

On 14th October several Cycle Forum members met for an evening cycle ride around Langstone Harbour. We started at the Guildhall and headed for the 6 o'clock ferry to Hayling Island. By the time we reached the top of the Hayling Billy trail dusk was setting in. We enjoyed twilight ride back and even managed to collect some footage for submitting as part of the Sustrans 'my cycle network' film competition. It's open to all and there are some excellent prizes to be had. Check out www.myncn.org.uk for more details. Closing date for entries is 30th November.
Picture of Hayling Ferry

Round Portsmouth Harbour Ride Sunday 31 October

In response to requests we have another of our popular social rides. On Sunday 31st October we will meet by Queen Vic statue in Guildhall Square at 11am for a ride around Portsmouth Harbour. Everyone is welcome. This is an opportunity to meet other local people and to enjoy a ride and a chat. We'll keep as close to the harbour as we can, using off-road routes where possible, although there are some sections along roads.

The route takes us past the Mountbatten Centre to Hilsea, along the northern edge of harbour through Portchester and Fareham, then down the western edge through Gosport to the ferry. There will be two or three short stops on the way. Don't forget your ferry fare (single ferry with bike £3.20)
Aerial view of Portsmouuth Harbour

Cyclenation/CTC Autumn Conference - Edinburgh

Over the weekend of the 5/6 November the Cyclenation and CTC conference will be held in Edinburgh by Spokes, the campaign group based in the Scottish capital. The theme of the conference is a 'Tale of two cities' and will compare Edinburgh with London. Some members of the forum will be attending to join in the fun and to find out more about (amongst other things) Scotland's pioneering social enterprise which refurbishes and sells donated bikes (20,000 donations since 2001).

Everyone is welcome, to find out more and book a place for only £20 visit: www.spokes.org.uk
Edinburgh cyclist

"Rusty Cutter" Roundabout, Bedhampton

In the coming weeks there will be substantial road works at the "Rusty Cutter" Roundabout in Bedhampton. Its an enabling project for the development of Harts Farm Way business park and we hope that the works will result in a safer environment for cyclists at this busy junction.
Road works sign
Why not travel to work on a bike…. Even if it is a bit rainy!

As you can see from this snap taken by Mike last week, it makes good sense to take your bike instead of sitting in a traffic queue, at least this way you get 'journey time reliability' - (Transport planners buzz words for knowing how long your journey to work will take)
Cyclist on Eastern Road cycle route

The diary

Sunday 31 October Portsmouth Harbour Cycle Ride. Meet in Victoria Park at 11am (see article above)
Thursday 11 November - Portsmouth Cycle Forum open meeting - Guildhall (meeting room 1) 7pm. Topics this month include feedback from the Edinburgh conference plus news and discussion.

Thursday 9 December - Cycle Forum Christmas Social & Quiz Night
Wednesday 29 December - Eastney Christmas Bike Party at Bransbury Park 12-2.30pm

These and other events are listed at www.pompeybug.org.uk.
Picture of bicycle wheel

Magical Lanterns Rides in Brighton

Saturday 30 October sees the White Night Magical Lanterns cycle rides in Brighton starting at Old Steine at 7pm, 10pm and Midnight. It would be lovely to have one of these rides in Portsmouth. If anyone takes part the Brighton rides please let us know what it they are like!
Magical Lanterns ride in Brighton

An observation from a forum member ...

From The News, Portsmouth, 30 September 2010
"A CYCLIST was today recovering in hospital after she was hit by a car.
The 40-year-old was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital after the accident in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove.
We were very concerned about this accident and we hope that the cyclist involved has made a speedy recovery.
This might be the first time ever that the news has reported that the cyclist was hit by the car rather than a car being rammed by a kamikaze cyclist.
Police accident sign

Church Street Roundabout

The Cycle Forum made representations to the Traffic and Transportation decision meeting where proposals were accepted to provide a light controlled crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at Church Street close to the junction with Mile End Road. We asked that the crossing should be of the Toucan variety to allow cyclists to ride across the junction. As part of the same scheme, changes will be made to Clarence Street behind Sainsburys which has a cycle lane marked onto the road. We have asked to see details of the new layout.
Toucan crossing button

The airbag cycle helmet that stores in your collar

There's nothing like the issue of cycle helmets to divide opinion among cyclists and this collar-mounted airbag that deploys in one tenth of a second to form inflated head protection will only add to the debate.

The Holdving airbag helmet will cost a hefty £300 when it goes on sale next year, but the price includes a rather stylish looking winter jacket.
Airbag cycle helmet

Portsmouth Cycle Forum ...

... is a voluntary group working to make cycling safer, easier and more enjoyable throughout the Portsmouth area. We'd be pleased to hear from you and perhaps you will join us. For more information contact [email protected], or telephone 07787 550655.
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