Cycleways set to be painted on busy roads in Portsmouth

A cyclist using the cycle lane on Southsea seafront

A cyclist using the cycle lane on Southsea seafront

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A RAFT of new cycleways are set to be created on major roads in a bid to get more people cycling.

Portsmouth City Council is consulting on new cycleways on the back of alarming figures that show the city has the highest rate of cycling casualties outside London.

There were 183 collisions last year.

Among the schemes being taken forward is a new cycleway along Havant Road at Cosham.

Oliver Willcocks, a road safety officer, revealed the scheme at a meeting of Portsmouth Cycle Forum.

He said: ‘We are consulting on making space for cyclists.

‘And we’re consulting on removing parking along the northern side of the road for pretty much the whole length from the main Cosham roundabout out to the city boundary to the east.

‘A lot are massively in favour.’

However, parking will still be allowed near the main shopping area, he said.

Mr Willcocks added: ‘The design is still very much an open book.’

The council will also launch a consultation on installing a cycleway along the northern side of Goldsmith Avenue nearest the railway station and removing parking.

Mr Willcocks said: ‘We need to create some space for cyclists here.

‘If we have public support for this, this will happen.’

A shared pathway and cycleway is set to be built on the western side of Milton Road, from Velder Avenue to St Mary’s Hospital.

Mr Willcocks said: ‘This is what the school wants and people have been asking for.’

Other cycle-friendly measures include new toucan crossings in Eastern Road, at the Anchorage Road junction and another in Northern Parade.

The meeting heard presentations on how the city can become more bike-friendly.

Tom Hart unveiled his idea of creating one-way routes along London Road and Copnor Road. Rich Boakes suggested the solution was to design all routes with female and child cyclists in mind. Kathy Azopardi suggested Dutch-style roundabouts.

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