Bike film will be free to watch in city centre

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THERE will be a free showing in the centre of Portsmouth of a film extolling the virtues and joys of cycling.

Bicycle will be shown on Tuesday at 6pm, and marks the start of a new partnership between Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth in a bid to use the big screen as much as possible.

The film is a documentary for cycling enthusiasts and non-cyclists alike. The film is a humorous reflection on the bicycle, and cycling and its place in the British psyche.

James Roberts, the council’s active travel officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with the University of Portsmouth to bring the film Bicycle to our city. The film is a motivating portrayal of cycling in the UK and will appeal to those who already cycle and those that are thinking about taking the plunge and getting on their bikes.’

Geoff Long, the university’s senior specialist technician in the department of sport and exercise science has had a lifelong passion for cycling and initiated the local screening of Bicycle.

He said: ‘It’s great to feel that increasingly bikes are seen as a realistic and attractive way to travel by more and more people.’