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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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A simple encapsulation of the contempt for people who walk or cycle; snow from roadway piled up at dropped kerb on shared use route. #DontBlockTheDrop

smashin big new bike park going up at yer partick hub nxt to morrisinos ☆activetravelcity @GoBikeGlasgow

Active travellers on foot and bike, your leafy shared use path of safety must be rendered useless cos the three lanes of important motorists have to be informed. @CalumCook91 @GoBikeGlasgow

Take care if you're riding south on Govan Rd - a big chunk of road surface has not been reinstated after recent resurfacing. Reported to @GlasgowCC via #FillThatHole

If someone’s going to nick a bike they’re not going to do it outside the Sheriffs Court right? Just as well, as their bike lock ups are pure useless. #onjurydutyforabreak

Slow progress on the parallel cycle/zebra crossing on Govan Road.

No treatment of #SWCW yet, although mini-gritter was on pavement of St Andrews Rd as I passed. Will check on way home tonight.

Pedal on Parliament (Glasgow) on High Street.

Pedal on Parliament feeder ride on Shields Road

General cycle parking and a Nextbike hire station outside the Kelvingrove Art Galleries.

The newly built section of the Waterloo St cycle track has been surfaced with little stone blocks, and features this sharp deviation around a new layby. In the background is the toucan crossing across to the Anderston Bridge.

A brand new section of cycle track on Waterloo St, which has been surfaced with silly stone blocks, with little to distinguish it from the footway, unlike the rest of Waterloo St where the distinction is much clearer.

Direction sign for secure cycle parking in Cadogan Square partly obscured by whatever UB07 signifies. The size of the text also makes it hard to see, and the sign at the next junction is even less conspicuous.

Contractors still using the cycle lane for their temporary signs.

Although the shared footway is wide, it is obstructed with a poster board and a large bin, plus drivers queue across the crossing with the bus station taxi access. Shortly after the crossing, the cycle route crosses to the narrower footway ... [more]

A dropped kerb in the diagonal road closure on Reidvale Street and Sword Street. Not signed for cycling, but unlikely to cause a problem. Interestingly, the dropped kerb on the far side appears to be newer than on this side.

Road closure on Whitevale Street, with no exemption for cycles. A useful street for crossing Dennistoun.

I was surprised to find that the path from London Avenue does not connect across Springfield Road to the path past the velodrome on the same alignment. A crossing is needed here.

The finishing touches remain to be done at the new path into the Clay Pit local nature reserve.

A new path at the Clay Pit local nature reserve.

New paths at the Clay Pit local nature reserve. The surface is gravel so not so good for cycling, but was frozen solid with frost when I visited.

A new path into the Clay Pit local nature reserve.

Kerb across end of path between Contin Place and Wyndford Drive, on direct route from Tesco to the Kelvin Walkway. The path could be moved to the left a little, away from the wall, to reduce the problem of the blind corner.

Kerb across end of path from Wyndford Drive to Contin Place.

In response to a request for suggestions for minor improvement works, I contacted the council suggesting a dropped kerb at this location and received the following response: "Following an inspection of the cycle path access at Dalmarnock ... [more]

There appears to be some demand for a ramp to bypass the steps up to Dalmarnock Road.

I don't know which closure this sign relates to. The next closure in this direction appears to be at Richmond Park.

The path to Ballater Street closed due to the damage seen in #95387.

The path to Riverside Street collapsed when the river level changed. It wasn't looking too good before that either. If I owned one of those flats, I'd be asking my councillor what was going to be done about this.

The path between Ballater Street and Waterside Street has been closed off due to its collapse. Divert to Waterside Street via McNeil Street, or to Rutherglen via NCN75 on the other side of the river (NCN756 through Richmond Park is also ... [more]

The end of the diversion due to the collapse of the South Bank cycle path, and reversion to the path.

Some subsidence on the cycle path at Adelphi Street, not as bad as at #95383.

The South Bank cycle path, which only opened a few months previously, collapsed when the river level changed. A diversion has been arranged through the adjacent car park (see #95382).

Due to the cycle path collapse at Adelphi Street, the cycle route is diverted through the car park.

Plenty of tyre tracks in the frost, and the lamppost (previously in the middle of the path as seen in #86772) has been relocated to the edge.

Advance warning of the closure of NCN756 ahead.

A route sign for the Cumbernauld route pointing the wrong way.

A diversion sign for NCN756 at the Smartbridge since its route through Richmond Park is currently blocked.

Having been prevented from going into Richmond Park by the housing construction, path users now have no option but to use the steps up to Shawfield Drive.

NCN756 blocked off at Richmond Park, part of which has been sold off for a housing development. The path to the left leads to a flight of steps.

Two sets of route signs giving directions over the dismantled Polmadie Bridge.

The path beyond the fence in #95371 has already been built, but isn't being maintained since it is within a construction site.

The path into Richmond Park doesn't actually connect to the main part of the path at the moment due to further house building.

Stud lighting on the path into Richmond Park.

A raised crossing leading into Richmond Park.

The far end of Oatlands Square features a raised crossing, much neater than at the entrance.

Oatlands Square, with a sculpture and seating off to the side, leaving the path unobstructed.

The layout entering Oatlands Square. Lots of signs and posts, but an attractive path through the middle.

The path across to Pinkston Road has now been closed for construction work.

The Sighthill diversion is via a flight of steps!

I'm not sure the risk assessment for the Sighthill diversion route has been completed correctly.

The Sighthill diversion route is obstructed by an undropped kerb.

Diversion sign for Sighthill path closure.

The path south from Pinkston Road will be closed until the end of 2018.

The path south from Pinkston Road has now closed.

FAO @Darkerside @GoBikeGlasgow @isersmalone New Balvicar St cycle gate. [A site where car parking regularly blocked the cycle track entrance before e.g. #93805.]

The cycle parking stands outside the Kelvin Hall are hopeless and need replaced. Bolting stands onto block paving is not sufficiently secure in a street environment. See also #95251.

Just a small sign away from the main line of sight to warn of the cycle track crossing the access road to the Bunhouse Car Park, and no indication of priority.

The Fastlink busway was built without any dropped kerbs outside the Festival Park gate, hindering cycle access between the Science Centre and Festival Park. The footway here is to be converted to shared use.

Not a dual carriageway, but two parallel two-way roads, the nearest of which is reserved for buses only. The footway on this side is to be converted (or just redesignated?) for shared use.

The northern footway of Govan Road is being rebuilt for shared use.

The northern footway of Govan Road being rebuilt for shared use, with some low branches coming over the wall from the park.

The plans show a parallel cycle/zebra crossing to go in here.

A slight adverse camber on the shiny smooth asphalt cycle track.

Corduroy tactiles were specified in the drawings and corduroy tactiles were duly installed, rather than cycleway tactiles.

The surface on the cycleway is the same shiny smooth asphalt used on the footway. Not good for grip.

Dropped kerbs have been installed at the access to the Village development (rectifying #71113), but that footway next to the stepped cycleway is so narrow!

When this area at Partick station was repaved, I thought it might be getting prepared for the installation of the large double decker bike racks, given the congestion on the existing cycle parking. But no, it has been getting used for car p ... [more]

Settlement at the south end of the flagship active travel bridge across the Clydeside Expressway at the Glasgow Harbour development.

Desire line from NCN7 path up to main road.

A pothole in Radnor Street, with exposed cobbles.

Still no sign as to whether this widened footway is shared use or not, now that the one-way carriageway is unusable for cycling in the other direction. However, there is this parking sign where no parking is allowed.

Broken asphalt on the route the Kelvingrove Art Gallery boss preferred cyclists to take rather than the more obvious route through the car park.

It turns out bolting cycle parking stands to block paving isn't very secure. Who knew? See also #95296.

Desire line to Riverside Museum

Bus lane cameras. Will there be cycle lane cameras? A stepped two-way cycle track is being built along part of Govan Road, but the footway has been reduced to a minimal width, resulting in people walking on the cycle track. An extra metr ... [more]

Literally nowhere else to park! (*not)

The line of the Monkland canal, now filled in

M8 was built on the Monkland Canal

Building works at Partick Bus Station have meant that the point where cyclists join Merkland St carriageway has now been closed, and cyclists are forced to share a narrow footway already obstructed by (unrelated) scaffolding. However, t ... [more]

Building work has now started at Partick Bus Station, resulting in railings being put across the point where it was easy to join the roadway in Merkland Street (see also #94587). Work is to last 9 months. ... [more]

The communal bike pump in #90787 is now hidden behind the bike hire stands.

A new addition to my commute for the next 2 months. (#glasgow Aikenhead Road)

West City Way, Glasgow. Flagship cycling infrastructure. Dismount and use pavement. Pathetic. [See also #93831]

This puddle gets splashed off the side of the bridge and onto unsuspecting underpass users by passing vehicles.

The bins seem to have gone, but more bike parking is still needed in Cambridge Street. One bike looked like it was abandoned. This will be an important parking location for anyone new to cycling when the Woodside mini-Holland is built.

A new Nextbike hire station on Garscube Road.

Lidl has at last installed some cycle parking at its Woodside store.

The Doune Quadrant/Doune Gardens problem is still very much there.

Texting, engine running, not aware of those around her...

@GoBikeGlasgow Today I think is #GlasgowVanInfraDay

What is the point of advisory cycle lanes? Cumbernauld Rd today, both sides covered in parked cars @AnnaLangside @GlasgowCC @policescotland

Waiting for the lights in Elderslie Street.

Damaged cycle parking on New City Road.

The paint has gone, leaving just the green surfacing.

Underpass discussion at a CEoGB AGM infrastructure safari.

A comparison of hire bikes at the CEoGB AGM.

@GBCycleEmbassy #cyclehack @waitrose byres road - GLA. Sheffield stands too close to the wall ❌ open to elements ❌ inadequate hoop ❌

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 The 2015 Silverburn Cycling & Walking Route has never finished. This crossing is yet be for implemeted for cyclists

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 All the pavement w of Pollok Park is shared use except the 100m from the Bowling Club to P'llk S'hws Wt Station????

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