Portsmouth as a city possesses a high number of bicycle enthusiasts. Whether you are using your bike to commute to work, racing or just getting from A to B. Sadly bicycle theft is a relatively easy crime to commit. With their increased usage over the summer months we need to do as much as we can to deter criminals and assist the Police in recovering the bike if the worst is to happen and your bike is stolen.
In partnership with Hampshire Constabulary we are going to be hosting a free Cycle Marking event at Strong Island HQ on Saturday 11th July between 10am-midday.
Whatever type of bike you ride get yourself and your bike down to the store, you will find local Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be on hand to offer cycle security advice as well well as FREE cycle marking which can help identify your bike as yours if the worst were to happen and it was stolen.
Please share this event with friends, family and anyone you think would be interested. You can find out more information in the build up to the event on Facebook – www.facebook.com/events/703740506418243/.
Southsea Skatepark is a local treasure, not just a heritage gem for Portsmouth with it being a local focal point of youth culture in the city for generations but it is also a park looking to the future too. Introduced this summer by the Southsea Skatepark trust (the independent charity that runs the park) is Mini Wheelers, a fun session at the park for 3 to 7 year olds who can learn lots of different activities such as BMX, skateboarding, scooters and more in a safe and friendly environment. This special session runs from 9am to 10am and is only £2.50 for each child.
Over the years Southsea Skatepark has seen some really talented individuals grow up riding & skating the park, these guys have gone on to being incredible, winning, young talents, maybe the Mini Wheelers this summer could be the next in the long line of talent to develop in Southsea?
You can find out lots more details about Southsea Skatepark at their website below or on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
Poster artwork by Mark Allerton.
Portsmouth residents are being urged to get on their bikes and take part in free guided rides throughout the summer as part of the council’s partnership with British Cycling and Sky.
Starting on Sunday 14 June a total of 20 Sky Ride Local rides will be held, which will see trained British Cycling ride leaders guide groups across distances from three miles up to more adventurous 30 mile routes.
The Sky Ride Local events are part of a national campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, and offer a fantastic range of themed guided bike rides taking place throughout the summer months.
The rides will explore different themes from city streets and parklife to waterway and woodland and the opening ride is an easy going four mile ride from Mountbatten to Cosham park.
Portsmouth is the ideal city to discover by bike, so now’s the time to pump up tyres, oil gears and check brakes.
Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said: “What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way than to join some of the themed Sky Ride Local bike rides taking place in and around Portsmouth this summer.
“The rides begin on 14 June, so there’s no time like the present to get your bike out. Whether you want to build your cycling confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge, now’s the time to register your free place on a Sky Ride Local bike ride in Portsmouth.”
To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit: goskyride.com/Portsmouth
This summer our friends at Aspex are celebrating all things bicycle with a number of exhibitions and events.
Aspex will be transforming the gallery space into a showcase of some of the most famous bikes ever manufactured. This has been curated by local cycling enthusiast Tim Connell. You can expect everything from Penny Farthings to contemporary custom-built racing bikes and even Connell’s own first bike, a Raleigh Winner.
There will also be an exhibition of bicycle and cycling-inspired artwork, created by artists who live within a 90-minute journey of Portsmouth, and curated in conjunction with Miles Hutchings of www.cyclemiles.co.uk. The gallery’s craft space will also host an exhibition, curated by Oana Damir, entitled “In the frame – Craft”, which will feature beautiful cycle-related items crafted by makers from across the UK.
Aspex director Joanne Bushnell describes “With cycling now of the most popular participation activities in the UK, and people of all ages rediscovering the pleasure of riding a bike, this is the perfect time to celebrate cycling. By taking bikes out of their ordinary context, we want to highlight how these bicycles are fantastic pieces of art in themselves. That is what we want to showcase. With the exhibitions happening in the gallery and the off-site activities taking place in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas, we want to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds and remind them about the simple joy of bike-riding.”
A programme of events is also planned to take place at Aspex and across Portsmouth – including the opportunity to have your two-wheeler tuned up by expert ‘bike doctors’, and a screening, organized in conjunction with No.6 Cinema, of classic bike-themed film The Bicycle Thief, which will be preceded by a tour of Portsmouth locations immortalized in film.
For the full list of events that cover all PO areas over June and July visit the website www.aspex.org.uk/events/in-the-frame.
You can find out more about Aspex on Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter @AspexPortsmouth and Instagram.
Portsmouth as a city possesses a high number of bicycle enthusiasts. Whether you are using your bike to commute to work, racing or just getting from A to B. Sadly bicycle theft is a relatively easy crime to commit. With their increased usage over the summer months we need to do as much as we can to deter criminals and assist the Police in recovering the bike if the worst is to happen and your bike is stolen. There are some simple steps to follow…
* Get a good bike lock (preferably a D-Lock) and attach your bike to something secure, e.g. a bike rack or a lamppost.
* Always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes.
* Have your bike’s frame security-marked or engraved.
* Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed. Keep the door locked and keep it out of public view.
* If you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you.
* Remove lights from the bike and take them with you.
* Register your bike with schemes such as Immobilise or Bike Register.
One of the biggest problems the Police encounter is the victim being unable to offer a full description of their bike. This makes it much more difficult to identify it as stolen, please take the time to make a note of your make, model and frame number. The frame number can be found in a number of places including the head tube, under bottom bracket, seat tube and down tube.
The Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Portsmouth are really pro-active and offer a FREE security marking events. You can find out your nearest one by contacting your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, you can find their details by entering your postcode on the Hampshire Constabulary website www.hampshire.police.uk. Here are just a few of the events that you can take your bike along to be marked.
You are likely to have seen the brightly painted unclaimed bikes locked up around the city. These were put there by Portsmouth Police to encourage cyclist to lock their bikes up securely. The bikes were placed around the city, particularly where there are increased reports of bike thefts.
Milton Park, Mondays (13.00 hours – 15.00 hours)
25th May | 22nd June | 20th July | 17th August
St Mary’s Hospital, Thursdays (11.00 hours – 14.00 hours)
28th May | 25th June | 23rd July | 20th August
Canoe Lake, Sundays (11.00 hours – 14.00 hours)
7th June | 5th July | 2nd August
Eastney Community Centre, Thursdays (19.00 hours – 21.00 hours)
11th June | 6th August
This weekend sees Southsea Skatepark celebrate their birthday with a weekend of competitions and fun activities for BMX, skateboarding and more. The skatepark is one of the oldest in the UK and this weekend will see some events that celebrate this heritage such as the vintage BMX crew in attendance and, for the first time, a race to see who can get to the end of the Snakerun the fastest. NOT easy. There will also be the always popular Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE plus best trick on the box, longest ollie, highest bunnyhop and even slalom too.
Strong Island Clothing Co will be holding a mini ramp competition with a bunch of prizes for the winners plus a prize for the best trick. This and the Game of SKATE will be happening on Sunday afternoon.
The weekender runs on both Saturday and Sunday and is FREE for spectators and normal entrance fee if you want to skate or ride. See you there!
The Sunny days have started rolling back into town and once again our city is full of vibrancy. The sun brings BBQ’s, beach lounging and most importantly bicycle riding.
Stuart Trett of Ye Olde Bike Shoppe, has been knocking up wonderful, tailor made creations for years now and with a serious motivation to give you the bike you want and will love and cherish, it is the perfect place to find what you are looking for.
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe has been described by many as a place to go for good advice, good service and great value and we are always keen to see what else Mr Trett will come up with next.
Find the bike shop on Albert Road in Southsea and pick up something lovely for the summery summer that is soon to be upon us. Getting out and about and out of your car’s is not only a great way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors but also a fantastic way to unwind and relax and what better way to do it then in style!
Find Ye Olde Bike Shoppe on Facebook or on Twitter.
Attracting sell out audiences across the globe, the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival visited Portsmouth for the first time last night with a selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. Exhilarating and thought provoking, it was a must-see for anyone with a spirit of adventure!
Introducing individuals such as, Danny Macaskill, a world famous trail rider and Wilfred Thesiger, one of Britain’s top explorers and writers, the series of short films are not only inspirational and motivating but also utterly breath taking to watch.
The Kings Theatre hosted the festival and will support the event in the future, boasting that it is an exceptional performance of incredible individuals.
The festival draws together experiences of the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors and is a fantastic watch for anyone who has a passion for the extreme, encouraging all of us to embrace, experience and explore.
See the BANFF website for upcoming tour dates.
We’ve featured the fine photography work of local photographer Andrew Hayward on numerous occasions over the years, from revealing glimpses of the secret Dockyard with a large format camera through to his captivating series of petrol stations at night. Andrew’s latest personal photography project is entitled The Legitimate Road User and focuses on cyclists, predominantly those who cycle to work, with a view to raise driver awareness that they are a legitimate road user and have the right to use the roads.
For this photography project Andrew aims to create a range of portraits of people with their bike, wearing what they would wear when cycling on the road. Andrew is looking for cyclists who would like to get involved and have their photo taken. For taking part, each cyclist will receive a free print of themselves and be invited along to any future exhibitions for the project. Participants would have to be from the South Hampshire area, preferably Portsmouth, Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island, Chichester etc.
If this is something that interests you then email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The next meeting of Portsmouth Cycle Forum will be at 7pm on Thursday 12th February 2015 in Park Building, University of Portsmouth on King Henry I Street. The meeting will take the form of a debate, discussing how to make the main routes in Portsmouth safe and welcoming for cyclists. Portsmouth has an exceptionally high rate of cycle casualties and most of these casualties occur on major roads which have 30mph speed limits.
Portsmouth Cycle Forum recently launched their cycle strategy, A City to Share, which proposes that road space be reallocated from motor vehicles to bicycles to enable a step-change improvement in cycle casualty rates and the number of people getting around by bike. Exactly what changes need to be made to find and repurpose that road space were not specified.
For this meeting Portsmouth Cycle Forum have invited their members to propose ideas for how these 30mph roads can be changed to make them safer and more attractive for cyclists, whilst still offering good motor vehicle access to the city. 3 or 4 ideas will be selected for short presentations on how to eliminate conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles on Portsmouth’s 30mph routes – each idea will then be opened to debate.
The meeting is open to all.