Public consultation of cycling

Commercial Road Portsmouth
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AN EXTENSIVE public consultation will be carried out before councillors decide whether cyclists should be allowed to ride through Portsmouth city centre.

At yesterday’s cabinet meeting, council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson announced he wanted the masterplan to be amended to include the decision.

He made the move after taking advice from Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock.

It follows yesterday’s report in The News about a backlash to proposals in the masterplan that would see Commercial Road being open to cyclists outside core shopping hours.

The measure could also be rolled out in Arundel Street, Landport, and Edinburgh Road once the Northern Quarter development begins.

Lib Dem Councillor Eleanor Scott, who is cabinet member for environment and community safety, said she would like to see pedestrians and cyclists sharing space.

‘I am a big fan of cycling and shared space,’ she said.

‘I would like to see Commercial Road being opened to cyclists outside shopping hours, especially as the area is quiet during the evenings. I don’t see there being problems.

‘I don’t think cyclists get a fair crack of the whip in Portsmouth.’