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New scheme to encourage cyclists in Portsmouth

Free guided rides will be organised Credit: ITV

A new cycling community has been launched by Portsmouth City Council to connect everyone interested in cycling in Portsmouth and beyond.

The Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page is the place to find out the latest news about cycling in the city.

There will be free guided rides in partnership with British Cycling, the annual Pedal Portsmouth family cycling event and professional cycling days in the city.

Council gearing up to get more people cycling

A bike ride through a forest Credit: Press Association Images

Councillors in Basingstoke are meeting today to discuss plans aimed at encouraging more people to use their bikes.

If approved the town will create more cycle routes better linked to new developments.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council believes the scheme would see the number of cyclists double.

We will be giving local people the option to get fitter by leaving the car at home and cycling to work or for leisure, while at the same time; they will be contributing to a more sustainable local transport system. This will bring lots of benefits, including the promotion of renewable and green transport. Roads will be less congested and people will make savings on transport costs.

We are pro-walking, cycling, horse-riding and motorcycling as well as using the car, and this strategy will give people choices."

– Cllr Mark Ruffell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure


Martine supports the Big Bike Revival

Many people have an old, neglected bike gathering dust in the garage or the garden shed. But despite 40% of people owning a bike, only 2% actually cycle regularly.

One person who does is actress and singer Martine McCutcheon, who supports a project called the Big Bike Revival. Last year dozens of cycle centres hosted two weeks of events aimed at getting more people to cycle.

It was so successful, the government's funding it again this year. Emma Wilkinson reports from the Guildford Bike Project in Surrey.

Interviewees: Paul Tuohy (CTC, the national cycling charity); Robert Goodwill MP (cycling minister); Martine McCutcheon; Jim Philpott-Saunders (Workshop supervisor at the Guildford Bike Project); Trevor Strudwick (Volunteer at the Guildford Bike Project).

Amateur cyclists take on professionals at special velodrome

Amateur cyclists have been given the chance to pit their skills against professional riders in Sussex this weekend. A temporary velodrome was erected on Worthing seafront. It's part of a drive to get more people involved in cycle sport, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.

Cyclists in Women's Tour prepare to ride through region

When it comes to cycling, our region is well and truly on the map. Last year the Tour of Britain saw the world's best male riders racing right through the South - and now, it's the women's turn.

The Women's Tour comes to the Thames Valley next week. Stage 5 of the race starts in Marlow and ends in Hemel Hempstead - crossing the Chiltern Hills on the way. Sarah Cooper reports.

Tragedy as boy cyclist is killed in roadsweeper crash

An 11-year-old cyclist has been killed in a crash with a road sweeper in Swindon.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision on Station Road in Purton at around nine o' clock last night. The sweeper's driver was uninjured.


Neighbours tell cycle repair man: 'on your bike!'

A man who has amassed a mountain of bicycles in his front garden may be ordered to clear them all out by Maidstone Borough Council. Neighbours have called the collection an eyesore. But bike repair man David Watts insists that his collection is not scrap. Sarah Saunders went along to meet him.

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