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FAMILIES pedalled for a good cause – and even wheeled out their penny-farthings to prove how much they loved cycling.

Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets for the first-ever Pedal Portsmouth event.

The free event, put on by Portsmouth City Council, saw riders enjoy a leisurely pedal across the seafront in warm conditions.

The aim of the occasion was to develop people’s confidence on their bikes and get more used to cycling on the city’s roads.

Raring to go on the start line included a group of people in period costume riding penny-farthings.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond and Portsmouth Cycle Forum chairman Jon Spencer led the way. Mrs Drummond said she is keen to secure cash from the government to help improve cycling in Portsmouth and work with the cycle forum on a plan.

It’s about co-operation between car owners and cyclists to make sure we all cycle and drive safer around Portsmouth.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond

Mrs Drummond said: ‘I am a very keen cyclist anyway and I try to cycle everywhere as much as I can.

‘I have got a big interest in ensuring our roads are safe.

‘It’s about co-operation between car owners and cyclists to make sure we all cycle and drive safer around Portsmouth.’

The Pedal Portsmouth event was the brainchild of Councillor Donna Jones, Tory leader of the city council.

Cllr Jones said: ‘What I am really keen to do is start an annual Pedal Portsmouth, where we close roads around the city to enable children to build their confidence and road safety knowledge.’

Southsea resident Clare Keiditsch, 49, said she loves to cycle.

She said: ‘I particular love to cycle around Southsea because it’s such a safe area. I am very pleased events like this are happening, especially on such a beautiful day.’

British Cycling supported the event.