Tuesday 20 May 2014

Glasgow - A Bright New Future

I'm not going to say much in this post. I don't think I need to, however, it might be worth taking a look at this blog from a while ago. In it I discuss plans for cycle infrastructure around the Southern General in Glasgow.

Unfortunately I thought it would be pants.

Today a colleague mentioned to me he had seen some new 'infrastructure' going in on Langlands Road in Glasgow, so on the way home I went to investigate.

Remember, this is new. This is after Glasgow has sent councillors to Amsterdam. This is after many 'encouraging words' at the Cycling Scotland conference.......this is after not one councillor from Glasgow came to Pedal on Parliament*.

This is the bright new future for Glasgow.


  1. Plenty of fodder there for Warrington Cycle Campaign's Facility of The Month... :-(

  2. Don't you mean on-street parking? Are those lines hand painted? haha

  3. *facepalm* I know that Glasgow's political class really couldnt give a hoot about cycling, however, after seeing this and the new Fastlink 'infrastructure' at Pacific Quay (with new lethal guard rails as standard) I am beginning t think is a calculated insult. Shame they have to pee away taxpayers money to make the point of how much they hate people

  4. How can anyone think that will promote cycling safety? Maybe it's not finished. That must be it surely.

    1. I think there is more to come but I think it will be more of the same. I was told there would be no parking restrictions for example.

    2. Please don't get me started on Glasgow Council and cycling, there is no planning whatsoever that is actually for people who commute by bike. I do over 100 miles every week throughout the city to and from work and while working and have stopped risking life and limb using the downright dangerous cycle lanes, such as the flagship road to nowhere shared pedestrian/cycle path at Charing Cross. Why does this join oncoming M8 ramp traffic going in opposite direction? Who planned this? Not a cyclist that's for sure. Total waste of time and money which I have emailed the government my opinion and asked who was responsible/accountable-reply was as expected-irrelevant nonsense about how much money they spend promoting cycling, which didn't answer any of my questions.

    3. Cycle Contra-flows per se aren't a bad idea - indeed, they are pretty much essential as part of a good modal separation strategy. The problem with that particular example is that it comes out on the wrong side of the road, with the expectation that you cross the road at the toucan...

      It isn't the most egregious example mind you. The two-way segregated lane on London Road require eastbound traffic to cross 3 lanes of traffic at Bridgeton Cross... and then abandons you on the wrong side of the road at The Police Station:


  5. On the one hand they have taken space from car lanes...... but they've forgotten to paint the double yellow lines.

  6. Wait for the Leeds equivalent coming your way soon!

  7. So when 'Glasgow's Strategic Plan for Cycling' (which "seeks to ... work towards the vision of making cycling the largest participation activity in the City by 2020" says:

    "... the expansion of the Southern General Hospital will ... fund network developments, thereby providing sustainable access to one of Europe's largest hospitals"

    THIS is what it means?

    It's way beyond my comprehension how the people who decide these things manage to get everything to do with cycling in Glasgot so absolutely, spectularly, tragically wrong.

    Everyone with any interest in 'transport' in the city centre, please respond to the consultation, closing date 30 May.

  8. I would be happier if they repaired the potholes that are everywhere,instead of wasting money with a white line.
    They can find untold millions for their Games project,but everyday cycling must rate very low-maybe they think the Velodrome is showing their commitment to cycling infrastructure.