Families pedal to success at launch of cycling scheme

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ACTIVITIES promoting a love of cycling kicked off National Bike Week.

A field off Southsea Skate Park, on Clarence Esplanade, was transformed into a haven for sport lovers.

Portsmouth was gearing up for National Bike Week on Saturday with a special event at Southsea Skate Park.''Pictured is: Judah Hurr (6) from Southsea, on the forest track.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131675-9222)

Portsmouth was gearing up for National Bike Week on Saturday with a special event at Southsea Skate Park.''Pictured is: Judah Hurr (6) from Southsea, on the forest track.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131675-9222)

There were BMX displays, a stall for cyclists who wanted to make a smoothie using pedals and a wooden track for children and adults to ride around.

Portsmouth City Council helped to arrange the event on Saturday in partnership with travel awareness campaign My Journey.

Craig Lamberton, the council’s influencing travel behaviour officer, said: ‘The week is about promoting cycling and getting more people into it.

‘As a local authority, our aim is to get more people involved in order to reduce traffic on the roads.

‘There’s other factors with health and wellbeing too.

‘It’s one of those activities that can be extremely enjoyable, as well as providing people some health benefits.

‘It’s been very busy. We had a bit of sunshine which is nice.’

Police also attended, making people aware of the dangers of buying a poor bike lock and recommended they buy stronger ones to put bike thieves off.

PCSO Tracy Mann: ‘People don’t think it’s going to happen to them.

‘I have seen a bike theft on CCTV involving bolt cutters lasting 17 seconds from start to finish. We recommend D-locks.

‘When you spend £5 to £10 you only get £5 to £10 worth of protection.’

Madeleine Becker, 45, enjoyed the day with her husband Martin, 44, and their 11-year-old twin sons Leo and Tom.

The boys, who have learning difficulties, enjoyed riding around a track on specially-made bikes.

Mrs Becker said: ‘It’s helped them build their confidence in a safe environment.’

The week runs until next Sunday.