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NEARLY 200 free bus tickets are still available as part of a council initiative to encourage green travel in the city.

Ahead of Clean Air Day in Portsmouth on June 21 the council offered 550 park and ride tickets to residents to use on the day, which will include a range of green-minded events.

On the day Stagecoach and First Bus will also be giving out free tickets at the Hard Interchange, and people will have the opportunity to explore a new low-emission Euro 6 bus and find out more about electric vehicles at the park and ride terminal.

And for keen cyclists there will be bike security events set up around the city.

Councillor Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: ‘Around 16 per cent of all car journeys in Portsmouth are less than 3km. Portsmouth is a great city for cycling and walking as it is flat and compact, so we want to use Clean Air Day as an opportunity to encourage those who use the car for these shorter distances to walk or cycle instead.

‘We are working to improve safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians.

Key problem areas in the city for poor air quality include Eastern Road, the naval base and dockyards, the A3 London Road as it enters the city and the A3 between the International College Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays.

Tickets are still available via the authority’s website until midnight tonight.