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Portsmouth Cycle Forum will launch "A City to Share", its strategy for a bigger, better, safer cycling environment in Portsmouth. The strategy will be presented to the council at a launch event on the 3rd November 2014. More ...

Portsmouth Cycle Forum will launch "A City to Share", its strategy for a safer cycling environment and infrastructure in Portsmouth.

The proposal, to be presented to the council at a launch event on the 3rd November 2014, sets out a vision for the city where there is space for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians to co-operate with each other and treat one another with courtesy and respect.

We are seeking donations to cover the costs of printing the strategy document and to give us a fund to lobby to get the strategy adopted by Portsmouth City Council.

Cllr Donna Jones invited Portsmouth Cycle Forum to propose improvements to transport in the city, following an open letter it wrote to the council in August 2014. The challenge now handed back to all local leaders in the strategy, is how to work together to deliver these changes.

"A City to Share" sets out a vision where cyclists and pedestrians who live, work, study and visit Portsmouth can be safely accommodated alongside drivers. The strategy aims to deliver a steep reduction in the number of accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians by changing the way the streets are designed.

This means cost-effective interventions to make cycling a viable alternative to the car as it has in other thriving cities like London, Bristol and Cambridge.

Jon Spencer, Chair of Portsmouth Cycle Forum, comments: “Only 4.6% of commuting journeys in Portsmouth are made by bike, which is significantly lower than the 16% seen in Cambridge. We believe that with the right infrastructure in place Portsmouth could be an ideal city for cycling, and aim to see the percentage of commuting journeys to rise to 10% by 2020, and 20% by 2025.”

"Making changes to the city to enable many more people to cycle safely will benefit everyone. It will bring great benefits to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the whole city."

The strategy focuses on the recognised potential benefits for the community in Portsmouth. These include:

  • Health - Regular physical activity like cycling for short trips will help address obesity and ensure the elderly are healthier for longer. Reducing the stress from driving along increasingly busy roads also has mental health benefits.
  • Economy - Shoppers who mainly visit through walking, cycling or the bus will visit more shops and more frequently supporting local high streets. This relies on addressing road safety to help overcome fears of cycling in Portsmouth. Reducing congestion will benefit all businesses.
  • Liveability - Improving safety and reducing traffic along residential roads to support cycling will help children get to school and visit nearby friends. As more people switch from travelling by car to walking or cycling, it will reduce the demand on scarce parking spaces in the city.
  • Environment - The primary source of air pollution in Portsmouth is motor traffic. When residents in the city switch from cars to cycling to make short trips, it will help reduce the estimated 600 preventable deaths a year in the city due to air pollution.

By working together with residents and businesses in the city, the council can start to address the vision through practical interventions.

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