Welcome to the Portsmouth Cycle Forum newsletter for January 2016. In this issue we bring you news about our next meeting, our goals for 2016 and lots more.
Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the September 2017 Portsmouth Cycle Forum newsletter.  We have an Open Meeting on Thursday 21 September at the Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum is a volunteer group, always looking for new people to get involved. Remember we are an independent campaign group and depend entirely on our subscriptions to keep going.  

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Open Meeting - 21 Sept

We have our next open meeting on Thursday 21 September at the Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth.

At our last meeting in June we mourned and paid tribute to Tim Atkins. He was killed after being knocked off his bike on the Eastern Road cycle path. We have been pressing Portsmouth City Council to do something about the blind spots and pinch points for years and now our – and your – voices are being heard.

At the meeting we will hear from Cllr Simon Bosher, the city transport portfolio holder.  He will be presenting the plans for the changes to the Eastern Road.  These will be going out to consultation around the same time with a number of ‘roadshows’ taking place at the end of the month.  

At our last meeting before the general election we were expecting the then MP for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond to speak about her work in Parliament.  Now she has some free time and will be with us to talk about the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling, of which she was a member. There will be time for questions after her talk.

We start at 7pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 21 September at 7.00pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Richmond Building of the University of Portsmouth.  We start at 7.00pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.

Bransbury Park

There has been much discussion on our Facebook group about the Bransbury Park cycle route. Some locals have been objecting to cyclists using the path Henderson Road to Ironbridge Road, although it is signposted as shared use.

As always we urge responsible cyclists to give priority to pedestrians on shared paths: but is this one fit for purpose? Is it wide enough? Should bikes and pedestrians be separated? Share your views on the Portsmouth Cycle Forum Facebook group.

More Cycling Politics!

PCC has a responsibility for providing safe infrastructure and promoting cycling in the city. But at a higher level we need to raise the profile of cycling as far as increasing funding per head, improving road safety laws and showing there is demand from more people to cycle. 

London has had a cycling and walking commissioner for some time, devoted to this task.  Now Greater Manchester has an elected mayor, and he has appointed former Olympian Chris Boardman to this role. We’ll be watching with interest how he gets on and to see if this leads to other city-regions – maybe our own one day – doing similar.

PCC Cycle Surgery

As discussed at our June meeting, we have arranged a ‘surgery’ with one of the active travel and road safety team at the city council.  There is the opportunity to discuss particular issues you have with cycling in the city.  There is time for 4 slots before this meeting, and we hope to have some more in November. To make sure of your slot please find more information and booking form here.

Cycle to Work

We know that even as supporters of Portsmouth Cycle Forum not all of you are as regular cyclists as you would like to be. This may be for a number of reasons but why not sign up for the cycle to work pledge?

Even better, encourage family, friends and work colleagues to sign up!  It’s on Wednesday 13 September.  More details and how to 'make the pledge' here.

Let's Ride

On the subject of Bransbury Park, you might like to try one of the Wednesday Night social rides starting from there. 

Full details of all rides are shown on the Let’s Ride Facebook page.

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