’Boris bikes’ scheme for Portsmouth commuters

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COMMUTERS in Portsmouth could be encouraged to get on their bikes, if a council funding bid succeeds.

Portsmouth City Council hopes to follow London mayor Boris Johnson, pictured, by setting up a bike-borrowing scheme on the city’s streets.

The plan is part of a bid for £5m from the Department for Transport, and would see bikes installed at the city’s five rail stations.

The council’s leader for transport, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, said: ‘We hope people will commute here by train, grab a bike, ride to work and then ride back to the railway station. It’s healthier for them, for the city as it cuts down on emissions, and Portsmouth’s flat with five stations close to each other. We think it’ll work.’

Other proposals for the bid include better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, measures to help buses run on time, and help for companies who want employees to drive less.