TORY officials have backed plans to carry out a public consultation into whether cyclists should be allowed to ride through Commercial Road.
Councillor Luke Stubbs, traffic spokesman for the city’s Tory group, said he welcomed council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson’s decision at a full cabinet meeting a week ago.
But Cllr Stubbs feels that the majority of people who respond to the survey will reject the proposals, which would allow cyclists use of Commercial Road outside core shopping hours and part of Arundel Street, Landport.
He said: ‘I welcome this change from the council leader. Cycling is a continuing issue and people have their say about it. Though you should never predetermine the outcome of a consultation, I believe the majority of people in Portsmouth will probably come down on the side of saying no to this.
‘Though the majority of cyclists behave, some don’t and they create a safety issue.
‘Commercial Road is a busy street.’
As previously reported in The News, the council also wants to consider opening up Edinburgh Road to pedestrians and riders once a precinct is built there.
Cyclists could also use precincts that could be set up once the Northern Quarter development begins. The plans are part of the City Centre Masterplan, a list of ideas which developers can use to help regenerate the city.