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Portsmouth cyclists get ready for week of events

Portsmouth is gearing up for national bike week with a host of events designed to get people pedalling.

Hundreds of commuters will be taking to their bikes wearing red T-shirts, and the week will climax with the launch of a new cycle route celebrating famous city people.

The highlight will be Bike2Work day next Tuesday when commuters all over the city will be cycling to work and taking part in events in Guildhall Square.

Passers-by will be able to try out bikes for free and find out how to carry children and shopping, use the free bike-check service, get their bike security-marked, get road safety advice and meet members of Portsmouth's Cycle Forum.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, in charge of traffic and transport, said: 'Cycling gets you fit and saves you money, and you can get to most places by bike.

'Portsmouth is mostly flat – nothing is further than about four miles away, and there are plenty of cycle routes, quieter roads and cycle parking.'

Other events during the week include a ride exploring Portsmouth's quieter cycle routes on Wednesday.

Schoolchildren will test their cycle skills on Thursday and Friends of the Earth have organised a ride on Friday. Contact Annette Rebentisch on 07729 296658 for details.

Sunday will see the launch of the famous figures ride. Meet 10am at the visitor information centre at The Hard.

For more information call Amanda Morris on (023) 9284 1332, or email amanda.morris@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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