Welcome to the Portsmouth Cycle Forum newsletter for March 2013. This month we cover Boris's grand vision for cycling in London, the Northern Road bridge works, changes in PCF and more. Enjoy!
Welcome to the latest newsletter for the Portsmouth Cycle Forum.

Membership is now FREE, because we want to encourage as many cyclists as we can to engage with our campaign. To become a member, you just need to sign up for our mailing list, and if you have received this directly from us, then you already have!  Thank you!!  However please spread the word to friends and colleagues who may benefit from membership, hearing about the issues we campaign on or attending our events.  The larger the voice we represent, the more we'll be heard by the Council.

However, any campaign has some costs and the cycle forum is no different. If you’d like to make a donation to support our campaign we would very, very much appreciate your generosity. This will help us to cover costs such as printing, postage, event fees and web-related fees.  You can do so via PayPal on this page of our website.

Lastly, if you feel you may like to give more time to the cause, we are currently looking for some new members of the committee to help set the direction of future initiatives.  Please contact Ian Saunders for more information:

We've Been Nominated!!

We are delighted to report that Portsmouth Cycle Forum has been nominated for the Cycling UK Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018.

The nomination is in the category of Outstanding Campaigning Group which recognises a group that relentlessly champions their cause or who have achieved a notable success in the last 12 months.

We are delighted to have been recognised, and Chair Ian Saunders will be representing the Forum at the Cycling UK Big Bike Celebration event which takes place on October 6th and will also celebrate 140 years since Cycling UK were founded in Harrogate in 1878.

Cycling in a Theatre?

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

8.00pm Friday 19th October - New Theatre Royal

Event Page NTR Website

Members Only Forum

With the move to free membership of PCF, those of you who are members of our Facebook Group should be aware that we are about to change its access settings to make it a members' only group.  This change will happen over the next week.

The reason for this change is so that we can engage with PCF members more actively outside of formal meetings and ensure that issues are being discussed that affect members directly in a more responsive forum than these email newsletters can.

For instance, we may wish to target a particular approach to an area, especially if we are aware that it is destined for planned changes by the council.  We often receive advance warning of schemes being designed, and we want to ensure that we can feedback relevant information from cyclists, as the committee cannot be intimately aware of every area in the city.

If you are a member of the facebook group, please note that when we make the switch over, you will need to re-join the group, and we will send another email out later in the week to give you a specific phrase to enter when you are asked the questions upon the request to join.  This is by far the easiest way to ensure we only have signed up members in the group, which is likely to be considerably smaller once the change is made.

We hope it will be for the better, but if you do not wish to join the group, you can still engage with us on Facebook via our public facing page by following the link below and hitting 'like'.

PCF Facebook Page

Streets for People -
Monday 15 October 7:30pm

Portsmouth Friends of the Earth invite you to a public meeting, ‘Streets for People’, to be held on Monday, 15th October 7.30 pm at The Discovery Centre, St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3HQ.
As cyclists, we believe that the meeting will be of particular relevance as it aims to explore ways of making Portsmouth’s streets safe, healthy and pleasant, creating neighbourhoods where people choose to walk and cycle rather than take the car, leading to improvements in air quality, traffic congestion, health and well-being. 

Megan Streb, Sustrans Partnership Manager, South, will give a short talk describing how communities around the world are connecting people and places, creating neighbourhoods and streets where people want to live, walk, cycle, play, chat or sit.

There’ll be plenty of time for questions and PFoE will be looking to collect local residents’ views and ideas for making Portsmouth’s streets safe, healthy and pleasant to pass on to the Council.

Portsmouth Friends of the Earth Website

2018 Glow Ride
Saturday 10th November

The Glow Ride is back and it's even bigger, better and brighter than before with a new location on Southsea seafront, an extended route and brand new event village. 

Be Bright, Be Seen! Get your 'glow on' and help us light up the night. Dress yourself and your bike with lights, hi-vis and other glow-in-the-dark accessories to make this the brightest event yet.

New this year, the Glow Ride event village will open from 2pm offering food, drink, music from Express FM and cycling-related activities and advice. Before the ride starts you can get your bike checked over by our Bike Doctor team, security marked, or chat with some of our local bike suppliers.

Starting at 4.30pm on Clarence Esplanade near Southsea splash pool, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lee Mason, will get the event underway. Cyclists will ride the 3km traffic-free, circular route along the Esplanade, across Southsea Common, to Clarence Parade and the Ladies' Mile.

For full details and to register in advance follow the link below.

Event Page PCC Website

Next Open Meeting

The last PCF Open Meeting of 2018 will take place at 7pm on Thursday 15th November in our usual venue of the Richmond Building at University of Portsmouth.  We will confirm details of speakers as soon as we have them.

Picture - 'Bike Nation' author Peter Walker presenting to the September meeting.

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