Portsmouth is a great city for cycling as it is flat, compact and with some lovely scenic rides along the coast.

Below you will also find details of our quieter routes, cycling events, Bike Doctor clinics and more.

For more information about cycling in Portsmouth, including free guided rides for all abilities, check the Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page, or email enquiries to travel@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

We now have ten colour-coded cycle routes to guide cyclists to different parts of the city using quieter roads which are more suited to less confident cyclists.  Coloured stickers on lampposts mark out the routes and give instructions such as when you need to dismount, use a crossing and which direction to travel.


There are five routes between the north and south of the city and five routes between east and west, some of which connect so you can plan a journey to key destinations including the seafront, The Hard and Fratton Park.


The quieter routes map is available to download and print in the documents section below.

There is an online cycling community called 'Ride Social' which is hosted by British Cycling.  People can register and join rides that are happening locally or set up their own rides.  


Find out about upcoming rides at www.letsride.co.uk.


Leisure bike ride routes are also available on the Visit Portsmouth and My Journey websites. Volunteers at Portsmouth Cycle Forum also organise guided cycle rides around the city.  Alternatively, to plan your own cycle route, download an Active Travel map below.


Portsmouth City Council are currently improving city infrastructure so as many people as possible are inspired to enjoy the benefits of cycling, and to make it easier for those who already cycle in the city.


This includes council involvement in the Shipwright's Way, a new long-distance route from Alice Holt Forest near Farnham to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - around 50 miles in all - which will form part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

To help keep your bike on the road, we sometimes offer free Bike Doctor clinics providing check-ups and basic repairs to your cycle. Bike Doctor clinics are currently running as follows:

  • Every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm in Commercial Road, Portsmouth (by the fountain)
  • Every third Monday from 10am - 4pm in Cosham High Street

-    Monday 15 January 2018

-    Monday 19 February 2018

-    Monday 19 March 2018


At the Bike Doctor clinics a team of experienced bike mechanics will check everything on your bike from wheels to gears, and brakes to brake lights. Any minor adjustments or basic repairs can be made there and then. If they can't fix it immediately, they will let you know exactly what needs doing and a rough cost.


It's important to keep your bike in good working order. Make sure that: 

  • it is the correct size for comfort and safety
  • both tyres are inflated properly and have good tread
  • the chain is oiled and properly adjusted
  • all brakes work and the brake pads aren't worn
  • reflectors and lights are fitted and working. All bikes must have a rear reflector and pedal reflectors fitted by law, and working front and rear lights during the hours of darkness, so remember to keep them clean!

For further information email bikedoctor@myjourneyportsmouth.com

Bikeability is the 21st century version of cycling proficiency, giving the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads. There is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike, so children are encouraged to achieve all three Bikeability levels.


Portsmouth City Council offers free Bikeability training up to level 2 for every year six child in the city (and some year five) this academic year, if they attend Portsmouth schools that encourage cycling as a means of transport to and from school.

Wheels for All provides cycling opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and differing needs.


Using specially adapted cycles, individuals and families can cycle together, learning new skills or rediscovering a previous pastime.


To find out when and where our next cycling session is, please email wellbeing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.


To keep the Wheels for All programme running, we are looking for volunteers to help us run our cycling sessions. In return for donating a few hours of your time you will:

  • get a nationally recognised qualification
  • meet new people
  • be part of your community
  • improve your CV
  • take on  a new challenge
  • learn a new skill

If you would like to volunteer contact us as above to find out more.

Portsmouth City Council run events throughout the year to refresh the skills and knowledge of both cyclists and drivers to help them stay safe when sharing the road.  Watch out for Exchanging Places in the summer and Be Bright in the autumn/winter.


For more information email road.safety@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9268 8582 for more details.

The most common cause of injuries to cyclists in Portsmouth is due to drivers not seeing the cyclist.


The council works hard to educate both cyclists and drivers on this issue and has various cycle products for sale at low or cost prices - the range of products and prices is detailed in the list available from the documents section below.


To order items please email travel@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9283 4092 - you'll need to pay and collect at the cashiers in the Civic Offices main reception, which also enables you to check that products fit before you buy. 

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