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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

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


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. Please allow enough time for you bike to be checked, and if required, repaired. Although the Bike Doctor clinics end at 4pm, the mechanics may stop accepting new jobs from 3pm if they are busy. If there isn't enough time to repair your bike you will need to return another day. 


Bike Doctor clinics are currently running as follows:


Starting from 4 April 2018, every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm in Commercial Road, Portsmouth (by the fountain). 


Every third Monday from 10am - 4pm in Cosham High Street:

  • Monday 17 December
  • Monday 21 January 2019
  • Monday 18 February 2019


We also have additional clinics at Lidl in London Road, North End from 10am - 4pm. The clinics will be held on:

  • Monday 3 December
  • Monday 10 December
  • Monday 4 February 2019
  • Monday 11 February 2019
  • Monday 25 February 2019
  • Monday 4 March 2019
  • Monday 11 March 2019
  • Monday 25 March 2019


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

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 contact or call 023 9272 8899.


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.

The 'Be Bright, Be Seen' initiative focuses on the importance of being seen during the hours of darkness. The most common cause of injuries to cyclists in Portsmouth is due to drivers not seeing the cyclist. To help overcome this, our road safety and active travel team run a number of Be Bright operations.


Working with Hampshire Police, cyclists without lights are stopped and offered education and guidance by a road safety officer. They are given the opportunity to avoid a fine (£50) if they purchase and install lights within 28 days. Those without lights receive a temporary set of lights to get them home safely.


Watch this video produced by British Cycling giving tips for cyclists on how to make themselves visible on the roads.


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 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. 

Like all road users, cyclists should be aware of their legal requirements. The Highway Code informs, advises and guides road users in the UK, including cyclists, and offers advice and useful information including road etiquette, correct use of bus and cycle lanes, awareness and more. You can find the full details here Rules for Cyclists, which includes legal guidance to help you stay safe and remain within the law.

Do you want to cycle more but the cost of a new bike is holding you back?


Do you want to cycle more but don’t feel confident on your bike?


The bike offer is funded by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It aims to encourage more people to cycle instead of using a car for short journeys, in areas where air quality needs improving.

We are offering adults and their children who hold a valid Portsmouth Leisure Card a chance to purchase bikes at a heavily reduced price.

Successful applicants will receive a maximum of £120 towards a designated adult bike or £100 towards a designated children's bike from a selected cycle shop in the city. Each applicant will also receive front and rear lights, a hi-vis waistcoat and a helmet, to gear them up to cycle safely in Portsmouth. Use this link to apply Family Cycle Grant Scheme


You can also get FREE individual cycle training and cycle maintenance training with our cycle training providers Pedal Power and Motiv8.


Anyone can apply for cycle training. You do not need a Leisure Card.


This training covers:

• Journey planning

• Improving cycling skills and increasing your confidence on the road

• How to fix and maintain your bike


Applicants will be assessed on a first come, first served basis and the offer will run until all the funding has been used.

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