Portsmouth commits to 10% of transport budget on cycling

Portsmouth City Council has just voted to commit at least 10% of its local transport budget to cycling. It’s a real watershed moment. 

Many of us cycle in Portsmouth. Being flat and a student city, it’s big on cycling and has pretty good cycle infrastructure (compared to Hayling, Havant and the surrounding area). But it’s also pretty big on accidents, so there’s lots more to do.

It’s a tribute to the tireless campaigning of PompeyBug, the Bicycle User Group, also known as Portsmouth Cycle Forum. And to Cycling UK – our national team was heavily involved, so it’s great to see what our subscriptions help to pay for.

If you want to see Havant and Hampshire commit to the same, just sign up here (it’s free!).

More details at: www.cyclinguk.org/blog/watershed-moment-portsmouth-council-back-space-cycling . Well worth reading.

Our local Cycling UK branch has many members in and around Portsmouth, (although we mostly ride from Havant). We’ll be holding the council to it, and making sure it leads to real improvements in cycling, not just a spinning class 🙂

Let’s encourage our kids to cycle to school

This is the article we submitted for the October edition of the Hayling Islander. The published article was subject to editing by the Islander.

If you have a child at Mengham Junior School, they’ll have seen Cycle Hayling run their school assembly at the start of their Bikeability training week.

We were delighted to see so many children walking and cycling to school, and that the school is already ‘Silver’ in the national sustainable travel scheme, Modeshift STARS, modeshiftstars.org.

Please do encourage your children to help the school get to ‘Gold’.

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