Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Increasing opportunities for cycling and walking 

Since lockdown began, many residents have enjoyed walking and cycling for exercise. Cycling has been so popular that we have seen a 53% increase compared with this time last year.

Why not introduce walking or cycling for short distances into your work or study day? Working from home, joining meetings online and using your car or work vehicle less all help to reduce harmful pollutants in our air, meaning better health chances for everyone who lives, works, visits and studies in our city.

Find out how we are supporting you to make safer and healthier travel choices and allowing you more space to move during the pandemic.

Giving you space to move 

From closing city centre roads to limiting vehicle access to the seafront, we are giving you more space to socially distance, while moving around the city

As people return to work and study, and continue to exercise outdoors, we have made the following enhancements to our seafront and city centre roads, allowing people to move and maintain a safe distance of two metres apart.

Our improvements in these areas are under constant review as we listen to your feedback and follow government advice.

  • Increasing safe cycling and walking space - Seafront roads closed to vehicles between two sections
  • Increasing cycle space that connects to current routes into the city centre - Charlotte Street, Isambard Brunel Road and Guildhall Walk closed to vehicles (except buses and taxis on Isambard Brunel Road)
  • Making road crossing safer - Two new temporary pedestrian crossings on Eastern Parade, between Helena Road and Bruce Road, and Burbidge Grove and Brading Avenue

Sustrans have produced an interactive national map which highlights areas where local authorities around the country have made positive changes in response to Covid 19. The changes are designed to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle safely whilst social distancing during the lockdown and beyond.

Changes include temporary cycle lanes, wider footpaths, barriers to close streets to motor traffic, and reduced speed limits.

Supporting keyworkers through bike doctor clinics

We have been supporting key workers with check-ups and minor cycle repairs since 14 April though our popular bike doctor clinics. The clinics, which operate every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm from the Community Cycle Hub, have helped over 80 keyworkers keep their bikes on the road.

If you're a keyworker and use a bike to get around, you can bring it along for a check. There is no need to book, simply bring some ID to show that you are employed as a key or essential worker. Customers will be guided to the back of the shop to wait so social distancing rules can be followed. Find out more on our 'Cycling around Portsmouth' page.

The Community Cycle Hub can be found in Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2GF (opposite the Police Station).