I have sent the following letter to the leader of Glasgow City Council Cllr Gordon Matheson following comments he made on a Reporting Scotland evening news report (25/06/2014). In the report Mr Matheson suggested that the council was investing significantly in making Glasgow safe for cycling.
Dear Gordon Matheson,
I would like to start this e-mail by saying that I am very pleased to
see that Glasgow has finally installed a cycle hire scheme in the city
centre. It is encouraging to see that the council understands that
cycling is a viable mode of transport and is encouraging residents and
visitors to cycle within the cities boundary. As someone who has used
the Boris Bikes in London to get around when visiting on business, I
understand how useful such a scheme can be. The current Glasgow scheme,
whilst limited in its geographical spread, is at least a step in the
However, I was concerned when watching the report on Reporting Scotland
yesterday (25th June 2014) about the scheme when I heard you say that
the council was investing significantly in making cycling safer in the
city. This is not my, and many other people experience as is
demonstrated by many of the comments that have been left on this ongoing petition
(http://goo.gl/F8jcNA). Therefore, can I ask, how much of the councils
own transport budget was spent on cycling infrastructure in the last
five years? Of that, how much was spent on quality cycle infrastructure,
that at the very least meets the minimum requirements of 'Cycling by
Design' (a document that is itself in need of improvement)?
I would also like to ask you to look at this video
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQmcdSXJeAo). Are you happy with the
standard of this new facility? Do you think that this facility improves
the safety of cyclists, and do you think this is money well spent? Also,
can you tell me how much money the council is investing out of its
transport budget in the facilities that are being put in place around
the new Southern General Hospital?
In more general terms I am interested to know your, and the council's
view on segregated infrastructure. Whilst segregated infrastructure is
certainly not required everywhere, do you agree that it would be a
preferred way of keeping cyclists safe on roads where there is potential
conflict with motor vehicles? Do you agree that in general, some space
needs to be taken from the motor vehicle to not only improve the safety
of cyclists in Glasgow, but also to improve the city centre environment?
I would be grateful to receive replies to the above questions directly
and would prefer if you don't refer to previously published vision
statements. Unfortunately, I find vision statements do not generally
contain targets or milestones and so are easily ignored when it comes to
implementation on the ground.
Post a Comment