The Portrait Benches project commemorates local heroes nominated by their communities by immortalising them as life-sized steel figures. You'll find them on National Cycle Network routes across the UK. This latest iteration of the project is in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Portrait Bench figures can be found on National Cycle Network routes all across the UK.
As part of the Portrait Benches project, we're celebrating Monty's Bike Hub volunteer Dave Howells and former footballer Aman Dosanj, the first British South Asian to represent England at any level.
From here at Weston Hard beach, you can travel west to explore the stunning Jurassic Coast, or go east to reach Portsmouth Harbour and beyond.
This route will take you into Southampton city centre, where you can also join National Route 23.
From Southampton Port, you can take the ferry to Cowes and continue your journey on Route 23 across the Isle of Wight.
For hilltop views, go north to Winchester and the South Downs Way.
This mainly off-road route forges a path over the rolling hills of Sussex and Hampshire, and is suitable for mountain bikes.
Celebrating Southampton's local heroes
Aman Dosanj is a former footballer and the first British South Asian to represent England at any level, making history as a Southampton Saints player.
She was also the first girl to be accepted into a Premier League boys academy.
Aman worked as an ambassador for the Football Association and supported the Football For All and Kick It Out campaigns.
Now based in Canada, she tells stories about how food connects us in her blog The Paisley Notebook, and continues to advocate for social justice.
David Howells is a volunteer with Monty’s Bike Hub and a hero to many.
Known by younger visitors to the bike hub as “grandad Dave”, he’s taught people of all ages across Southampton to ride.
He supports the local community by helping to lead rides and sharing his skills in bike maintenance.
Dave’s contributions were recognised in the 2019 Cycling UK Volunteer Awards, when he became a finalist in the Exceptional Individual – Community Project category.