Portsmouth Labour is backing plans by the Portsmouth Cycle Forum to encourage more cycle-friendly initiatives in our city and showed its support for plans by inviting along representatives of the Forum to one of its recent meetings.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader, is a keen cyclist and has signed up to the pledges contained within the ‘City to Share’ plan developed by the Forum in consultation with the city council.

The City to Share contains a vision for Portsmouth to:

“Become the pre-eminent cycling city of the UK. A city fit for the future: a healthy, safe, sustainable, prosperous city that people want to live in, to work in and to visit. A city where we share spaces, co-operate with each other and treat one another with courtesy and respect”.

Cllr Stephen Morgan said:

“As a keen cyclist in our city, I know only too well how great cycling is to get around Portsmouth, help avoid congestion and keep active.

In fact, it has become the third most popular participatory sport in the country so it has huge potential to make an impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Currently Portsmouth is one of the most dangerous places to cycle in the country. That is completely unacceptable. We must make our roads safer, encourage more considerate road behaviour and commit to other actions as set out in the City to Share plan.

It was great to catch up with the forum’s team at a recent meeting and I welcome their continued efforts and lobbying on this important issue. Encouraging safe cycling for all must be a priority for the city’s future”.