Portsmouth campaigning group wins national award with cycling charity

Ian Saunders of Portsmouth Cycle Forum picks up the award
Portsmouth Cycle Forum has won the ‘Outstanding Campaigning Group’ category for Cycling UK's 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards.

This independent campaign group is dedicated to ensuring cyclists’ safety in and around Portsmouth.

The group’s tenacity and determination to see real change after the death of cyclist Tim Atkins on the Eastern Road has meant meeting with and developing real working relationships with local councillors across all political parties.

This action has seen real results: Portsmouth City Council passed a Space for Cycling motion last year, a watershed moment committing to comprehensive network of high quality cycleways and allocating a minimum of 10% of the local transport budget to ensure cycle routes are built.

This year they are working with councillors to create a portrayal of what Portsmouth would look like if cycle facilities were built, to inspire lasting change with cycling safety in mind.

Ian Saunders from Portsmouth Cycle Forum said: “We are driven by a belief that what we continue to do as a group, as members and committee, is the right thing for our city, to improve the lives for all residents, workers and visitors whether they cycle or not.

“It’s great to be acknowledged for the work that has been done over the last year, and this award from Cycling UK helps to justify we are on the right track and is a boost to everyone involved in the campaign. It may also assist in being further recognised locally in order to get our message across.”

Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at Cycling UK said: “Portsmouth Cycling Forum are a tremendous example of local people raising their concerns, making their voices heard, but engaging with the local authority in a constructive manner to encourage active travel in a congested city.

“There’s a way long way to go, but hopefully the council will carry on listening to the Forum’s recommendations for promoting safer and healthier streets that promote both walking and cycling.” 

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.cyclinguk.org
  2. Cycling UK's Volunteer of the Year Awards are given annually to recognise and celebrate all the incredible work volunteers do to encourage others to start cycling and keep cycling. This year’s winners were announced at Cycling UK’s Big Bike Celebration in Harrogate on Saturday 6 October. There were ten categories this year. For more information, visit https://www.cyclinguk.org/about/volunteers-year-awards
  3. Images of this year’s winners can be found here: https://www.skyfish.com/p/cyclinguk/1328674
  4. To find out more about Portsmouth Cycle Forum, visit http://www.pompeybug.co.uk/
  5. An article about Portsmouth Cycle Forum’s successful Space for Cycling motion can be found here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/watershed-moment-portsmouth-council-back-space-cycling

Press contact information

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