People in Portsmouth can choose healthier and more sustainable ways to get around than ever before, whether by walking, wheeling or by bicycle. 

 

Portsmouth City Council continues to invest in a range of schemes and activities which make walking and cycling more attractive, reducing travel costs and increasing convenience for people who live, work, visit and study in the city. These include more secure cycle parking and smarter, safer routes for people to walk and cycle. 

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Walking and cycling aren’t just a cost-effective alternative to the car, they’re great for improving people’s physical and mental health, and help to develop cleaner air for the benefit of everyone who lives in or visits our city. We are continuing to prioritise schemes that make it easier and safer for everyone to walk, wheel and cycle.” 

People can enjoy safer and more pleasant routes thanks to the continued progress of the council’s schemes, including a £5m investment in walking and cycling improvements. These include: 

  • Improving the route into the east side of Portsmouth by widening a section of the Eastern Road shared path to the north of The Harvester 
  • Continuing to improve the East-West travel route from the Hard Interchange and city centre through to Fratton and Milton, making it safer with new lighting, CCTV cameras, crossing locations and protected cycling routes, which create a more pleasant environment for walking and cycling. This includes creating a new ‘Tiger crossing’ for safer, more accessible journeys across Victoria Road North. 

Portsmouth’s first Active Pompey Neighbourhood (APN), in Central Southsea, was introduced following extensive consultation with residents, businesses, and local interest groups. The APN aims to reduce excessive through traffic, congestion and speeding, while enhancing pedestrian and cycling safety in a greener and more pleasant environment. The improvements include a one-way system with traffic calming measures on Bramble Road and Talbot Road, speed cushions on five roads, to discourage speeding and improve safety, and a secure bike hangar on Talbot Road.  

People are also encouraged to cycle more, with better cycle parking in commercial and residential areas. Free workshops help people to save money by learning to make low-cost repairs. This includes: 

  • Expanding the successful bike hangar scheme which allows residents to rent a secure bike parking space in a lockable, covered pod. In addition to the 17 hangars already being used in residential roads, an additional 17 hangars will be installed this year, creating almost 200 bike parking spaces. 
  • Launching a cycle parking nomination tool where residents and businesses can suggest a road or area for new or replacement cycle parking, including a choice of bike corrals, frames, bike hangars or Beryl bike racks.  
  • Expanding Repair and Ride workshops which enable participants to learn the skills to make basic repairs and maintain bikes at home.  Additional women-only classes and sessions for young people will launch this year. 

The council continues to create safer spaces where parents, carers and children can enjoy traffic-free routes to school and young people can learn positive travel behaviours through walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting, including: 

  • Launching School Streets at and Bramble Infant School and Nursery and St Jude’s C of E Primary School, which restricts vehicles from school roads during drop-off and pick up. 
  • Encouraging children to walk, wheel or cycle to school through the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge, where schools compete for prizes in friendly competition. 

For more information, visit www.travel.portsmouth.gov.uk