New cycle spaces at port as demand increases

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PORTSMOUTH International Port has installed three new bike racks and shelters to meet growing demand from ferry passengers.

The shelters are designed to securely store their bikes while visiting the terminal and waiting for ferries.

The first rack cyclists will see is at the end of the loading lanes, close to the vehicle search bays.

There are two other racks next to the berths used by the passenger ferries.

One is next to berth two and another between berths three and four. Both are designed to act as a shelter for cyclists who might be caught in a rain shower while waiting for a ship to load.

The racks have been constructed by SGC, the same company responsible for the new canopy that covers car check-in booths at the entrance to the port.

Brittany Ferries says it has already seen a 14 per cent increase in the number of cyclists taking advantage of routes to France and Spain from Portsmouth between 2012 to 2013.

There are now more that 11,000 cyclists travelling through the port every year.