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Cycling in Glasgow

Glasgow is a city with a lot of transport infrastructure, including motorways, rail and an extensive bus network, and now has a slowly expanding cycle network.

There are National Cycle Network routes into the city, and various local routes have also been provided for cyclists around the city. These routes vary from off-road cycle paths, through quiet street routes and on-road cycle lanes, to fully segregated roadside cycle tracks, "Copenhagen style" as Glasgow City Council likes to put it! Advance Stop Lines have been provided at a number of signal-controlled junctions. However, there are still areas of the city with little in the way of cycle infrastructure.

The local cycle campaign group in Glasgow is Go Bike! Strathclyde Cycle Campaign, which works to try and improve the provision for cyclists, both on-road and off. Go Bike has produced its own paper cycle map, which not only shows the signed cycle routes, but also many suggested quiet road routes for linking across the city. Details on the website.

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No dropped kerb at the start of the path from Drumoyne Road to the Craigton Road underpass.

The transition from path to street is not exactly award-winning.

Although narrow at each end (see #98928 and #98993), the middle section of the path between Meiklewood Road and Drumoyne Road is reasonably wide. But it could do with being a bit smoother.

The cycle path towards the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital starts at the Meiklewood Road roundabout. It is also a dead end for pedestrians so surely this first section of path should be signed for cycles only.

To get to the Meiklewood Road cycle lanes (see #98922), you need to go around the roundabout.

A zebra crossing across Meiklewood Road, but hardly tied into the local road network on the other side. How many people climb up the grass bank rather than follow the path I wonder.

No proper crossing across Shieldhall Road at the roundabout to follow the destinations on the Cardonald Quietway sign. As for the Renfrew and Braehead sign, the shared footway doesn't start until the Hardgate Road junction.

No proper crossing across Shieldhall Road to the path at the far side of the roundabout, to access the destinations on the sign in #98986.

A sign giving directions along the path on the other side of the roundabout, but no actual crossing of Shieldhall Road at the roundabout.

I don't suppose it matters that this van is parked in the Meiklewood Road cycle lane, since the cycle route turns right at the end of the road.

Junction potholes in the Meiklewood Road cycle lane.

The parking layby is again too narrow for ordinary cars to be reliably parked within, so eroding the buffer zone that is meant to contain door openings.

Cycle lane or not?

The painted cycle lane on Meiklewood Road goes around the bend, then vanishes for a bit.

The cycle lane on Meiklewood Road starts to move out from the kerb.

The cycle route is also a recommended route for lorry driving!

Well, it's partly clear.

I'm not sure this is the intended use for an area marked 'Keep Clear'.

Cycle parking at the bowling green pavilion. The new cycle route from Jura Street will be coming through here. A path behind the camera provides a useful route through a car park to the nearby sports centre.

I'm guessing that as part of the proposed cycle route along Jura Street, this entrance to Bellahouston Park will be rebuilt to include a wider gate and better path around the back of the bowling green pavilion.

The proposed cycleway for Jura Street will be on the left side, and end at a toucan crossing across Paisley Road West to Bellahouston Park. So this door-zone cycle lane will be removed.

Hopefully the new cycle route proposed for Jura Street will fix the problem of the missing dropped kerb at the ramp up to the M8 motorway underpass.

Jura Street where a new cycle route is proposed linking the M8 motorway underpass to Bellahouston Park.

A pothole has appeared in the South Bank path.

A route sign for the spur from the Glasgow-Cumbernauld cycle route to the Colleges cycle route facing the wrong way. In the background, the anonymous ramp to the North Hanover Street shared footway (see also #98888).

There are no route signs visible at the Colleges Cycle Route turn from St Mungo Avenue towards North Hanover Street.

With a new building next door, the link between the North Hanover Street shared footway and St Mungo Avenue has had its strange half step (see #31794) removed and now is wholly ramp. However, all of the signage has disappeared so it is now ... [more]

A large pothole at a bus stop on North Hanover Street.

The usual obstruction of the Colleges Cycle Route by taxi drivers at Buchanan Bus Station.

A new dropped kerb at the Caledonian University entrance, with cycle symbol, for turning from the main carriageway. But the cycle route is on the opposite footway.

A new dropped kerb at Braid Square, for access to the path to the Garscube Road footbridge.

Polmadie Bridge being rebuilt.

Cycle parking at the more popular side of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens.

Cycle parking on one side of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens.

Signage for the cycle parking at the People's Palace.

The signs say walk to the right of the line.

A nonsense map (as far as cycle routes are concerned) in Glasgow's Queen Street railway station. What's so good about West Regent Lane for cycling?

A new arrangement of bike stowage on a type of train that didn't previously have any designated bike space.

Some sort of bollard monument at the Richmond Gate housing development.

The entrance to Richmond Park now doubles as the construction site entrance. NCN756 is unuseable since there is no way through to the riverside other than the steps next to Rutherglen Bridge (see #95375).

Looking through the compound gate, a new road has been built through what was Richmond Park. I don't suppose that row of trees on the right is staying much longer.

Give way to construction traffic in Richmond Park.

Part of Richmond Park has been sold off by the council to a housing developer.

The route through Richmond Park has been shut due to the council selling much of the park to a housing developer. No diversion signed.

The signed route finally reaches the remaining part of Richmond Park.

Cycle parking for the new eatery, but this path is a signed cycle route leading to a flight of steps (see #98674), The nearby burn is actually called the Polmadie Burn, not Jenny.

The route sign directs cyclists up a flight of steps at the new eatery, where once there was a path into the park (see #29467). This is not good enough!

Despite the footway of residential Old Polmadie Road being designated as shared-use (see #98669), the narrow footway of the busy New Rutherglen Road has not. However, this non-standard route signage seems to assume it has been. A new eat ... [more]

The dropped kerb (see #29466) for accessing the M74 junction shared-use footway has inexplicably been removed! Despite the position of the sign on the left, the footway of New Rutherglen Road eastwards is not for cycling.

Filtered permeability not so good as #98670 when it comes to bus stop access, only leading to the nearest street, and lacking a dropped kerb on one side of the street!

Good filtered permeability in parts of the new Richmond Gate housing development, but wouldn't it have been better to provide a raised crossing (as at nearby #95369) for this path between the park and the houses?

The footway of Old Polmadie Road has been designated as a shared-use footway, with hazards such as cars being reversed out of driveways, and the alternative is the road with rough surfaces through each junction. This will become the dire ... [more]

A rough surface at each junction, but the footway through this residential area has been designated shared-use, with all the hazards that might be expected, such as car drivers reversing cars out of driveways.

A rough surface for cycling, but barely noticeable in a car.

Footway parking along Nithsdale Road on the climb up from Dumbreck station.

A route sign hidden behind a tree on Nithsdale Road.

A variable width newly nominated shared-use footway alongside the Fastlink busway. Also in the picture, cycle parking for the Village development.

An old blue-bordered route sign for cycling to and through the Clyde Tunnel.

A shared use path has been provided alongside Moss Road, from Langcroft Road to the Shieldhall Roundabout where it just stops.

Start of the Moss Road cycleway at Langcroft Road.

"Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital" if arriving on foot or by bike.

A generally forlorn look to the underpass linking Drumoyne to the biggest hospital in the city.

Graffiti on the walls of the Moss Road expressway underpass, leading to Glasgow's biggest hospital.

Do not attempt to cross the Moss Road expressway here.

A 2018 Glasgow cycle infrastructure.

A new approach path to the M8 motorway underpass at the end of Craigton Road, arranged to dissuade obstructive parking.

A 'Route recommended for pedal cycles' sign on the eastern portion of Govanhill Street. There are no direction signs at the junctions on this cycle route, so you just have to peer down each side street in case the route has changed directio ... [more]

A 'Route recommended for pedal cycles' sign on Batson Street.

A 'Route recommended for pedal cycles' sign on Preston Place, which is signed as a No Through Road.

A clumsy section of cycle route at Preston Place heading towards Govanhill Park, with a dropped kerb that is vulnerable to blockage by car parking.

Nothing to say that cyclists should turn right here to avoid the steps to Preston Place

The path leads to the crossing across Cathcart Road and the cycle route continues across the far side of the crossing in Preston Street.

A kerb on the approach to the pedestrian crossing across Cathcart Road. The cycle route continues across the other side of the road.

A 'No Through Road' sign, and a 'Route recommended for pedal cycles' sign facing the wrong way.

A cycle route sign in Govanhill

A 20mph zone and a cycle route sign in Govanhill Street

"Traffic calmed area" in Govanhill

No enforcement of the Argyle Street contraflow cycle lane.

New red cycle lights and low level miniature lights on the Argyle Street contraflow lane.

Overflowing cycle parking, still only 4 stands at this prime city centre location.

New double decker cycle parking at Partick Interchange. Work is still ongoing rebuilding the bus station.

The surface on the ramp between Broomielaw and the Clyde Walkway has been reinstated. A sign proclaims "access improvements". Ah, it's slightly wider (see #88473).

Access to NCN75 Clyde Walkway is possible from Dunlop Street (and from the cycle track at Stockwell Place #30509), but not vice versa since Dunlop Street is one-way.

Now that the excellent new ramp next to Victoria Bridge has been built, the gates that so often blocked the former route of NCN75 (see #31366) seem to be left open much of the time.

Work of some sort happening on the piers of the former Polmadie Bridge, with the Clyde Walkway remaining open.

Work of some sort happening on the piers of the former Polmadie Bridge.

Now that the riverside path has reopened, I notice a sign for NCN75 pointing up the old diversion around the former Polmadie Bridge, and now that path has shut for work on the old bridge piers.

Despite the Clyde Gateway road and new police headquarters being built alongside, the cobbled ramp still remains unaltered. A flight of concrete steps has been provided for access to the police headquarters.

An interesting bollard, but access to the cycle path from the carriageway of Cotton Street involves either cycling along the footway or bumping the low kerb and going through the dirt.

The cycle track linking Kingarth Street with Victoria Road, right at the bus stop.

There is a cycle track linking Kingarth Street with Victoria Road, but it's right at the bus stop. Hopefully this will be sorted by the South City Way works.

The cycle track between Bowman Street and Victoria Road goes around the bus shelter. Hopefully this will be improved by the South City Way works.

Progress on the South City Way protected cycle lane.

I'm not really sure what the point of this sign is.

The Torrisdale Street contraflow cycle track, looking towards the Pollokshaws Road toucan crossing.

A cycle track with right angled corners links between Nithsdale Road and the Pollokshaws Road toucan crossing, around the bins.

The segregated cycle lane on Waterloo st at 9am today, right next to the @nextbikeUK stop. Reg: S6 DAT. #cycling #glasgow https://t.co/dBE1y4pG0o

Collapsing cover in Skipness Drive.

Signage for the Clyde Tunnel at the underpass in Burghead Drive. I'm not sure that's the way I'd walk to any of the destinations shown to the left.

The junction of Skipness Drive and Drive Road, near the Govan Road roundabout.

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