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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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Cycle stands blocked in by bins.

Although there is cycle parking across the road at #91835, for some reason people prefer to lock their bikes here.

I won't be locking my bike to these rusty old stands next to a big puddle!

Plenty of car parking spaces, but only tree cages for cycles to be locked too. Every street in Yorkhill needs more bike stands.

Glasgow City Council has proposed stopping up this path leading to vacant land behind the houses, due to it being deemed "unneccessary". ROADS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1984 THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL RAASAY STREET (STOPPING UP) ORDER 2017 ... [more]

NCN75 closed at the SECC due to the Festival of Motoring of all things.

Like #91605, a diversion sign that says "see map" without saying where the map is. And it's at a flight of steps (the turning for the ramp is behind the camera).

@twanduiv @GoBikeGlasgow @GlasgowCC @TwoWheeledTank city West way be gone to be replaced with horrendous non bike detour https://t.co/hIiKqwZ395

@sturmeyarcher3 @GoBikeGlasgow Apparently there is a diversion on a map... somewhere... https://t.co/XxexndT9Zu

Pollok's road network is not cycle friendly. Will the Peat Road roundabout replacement plans be modified to rectify this?

The start of the Old Dumbarton Road cycleway in Ferry Road is completely anonymous.

Old Dumbarton Road with the cycleway on the far side, passing an old gate.

The point on Old Dumbarton Road where the cycleway crosses to the opposite footway.

The sign of yet another student residence complex without bike parking.

The Bunhouse Road cycle track partially blocked due to it being used as a dumping ground for materials during roadworks on Argyle St/Dumbarton Road. The van parked on the footway beyond the cordoned off area was blocking the dropped kerb fo ... [more]

Disappointing to see a business using cycling space to dump their goods on today @S4CGlasgow https://t.co/al31RX7tS8

Crow Road has a local access road for a distance approaching Anniesland (and the listed Anniesland Tower), but no alternative to the main carraigeway through Jordanhill to the south.

Fern Lane is well surfaced (for a back lane) and has a single bollard to prevent through motor traffic, making it a useful alternative to the busy Crow Road..

Replacement for Checkpoint Shelley (see #26285).

...for a chat with this guy."Excuse me why are you changing your tyre in the bike lane?""Because otherwise it would be on the road".Riiiight https://t.co/rGvHLhsoky

Some hospital cycle parking, next to the car parking.

Space for buggies?

Roadworks on the shared-use footway on Moss Road.

A split toucan crossing across the western hospital entrance on Govan Road, but no obvious signs allowing cycling on the footway, and the eastern entrance a short distance away has ordinary pedestrian-only signals.

As part of the Fastlink bus priority scheme, buses were meant to turn right onto Govan Road from the now abandoned segregated bus lane on the left.

As part of the bus priority, buses are allowed to turn right (into the bus station) from the left-hand lane, but the traffic signals all along the Fastlink route do not seem to change with the approach of buses.

What starts off like a positive permission to cycle ends up more like an ultimatum!

If cycling isn't allowed on the footway on this side of Shieldhall Road, then why the toucan crossing?

The footways each side of the A8 Shieldhall Road are largely identical, but the council has decided that cycling is only allowed on one of them.

Cycle parking at the Glasgow Science Centre and cinema. Damaged racks in the open, shop wheel stands in a shelter, and a Nextbike hire station.

Just some of the broken glass that plagues this section of cycle path.

A nice uncluttered layout leading from cycle path onto Greenlaw Road, but photo taken while waiting for others in group to mend a puncture caused by broken glass on the path.

Cycle parking at Hillington East station up against the wall. No room for bike to rest either side of the stand.

Access to the Brock Burn path here is by steps over the flood defences.

The Brock Burn path meets the cycle route through Silverburn.

Barriers across the cycle path to Silverburn, to stop people going straight out onto the road where drivers can't even avoid hitting the signs. Again, no traffic control to help people cross the road, just a traffic island.

Shopping trolleys abandoned on the cycle route at Silverburn.

Cycle parking at Silverburn Shopping Centre, this time at the Marks & Spencers collection point. The cycle route passes through here on the strip differentiated by the red bricks, the same red bricks as the collection point roadway.

It's not easy to cross this busy crossing of the Silverburn Shopping Centre entrance road, but there's only a traffic island to help.

I didn't think it was possible for this crossing to become more farcical, but the roadway has been closed, meaning the cycle route bumps kerbs for no purpose.

Some cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre. It looks like the bollards have been replaced here with a more robust design.

Four toucan crossings to reach the far side of Fairhill Avenue, with unresponsive traffic signals, and green on different phases. The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route starts here, at its unsigned junction with the Corkerh ... [more]

Three toucan crossings to reach the far side of Barrhead Road, with unresponsive traffic signals, and green on different phases, so potentially a lot of waiting, unless you spot a gap in the traffic and just go on red. The Silverburn to ... [more]

It must be the weather that puts people off cycling in Glasgow, or the hills...

The people of Pollok have made their own desire lines clear, and they don't match the official paths.

The north end of Brock Road has the same problem as the Brock Burn path, but is slightly nearer to the zebra crossing at the health centre.

The nearest proper pedestrian crossing to the end of the Brock Burn path is at the far side of the bus station, with continuous pedestrian guard railing all the way there.

The nearest end of the pedestrian guard railing is around the corner from the end of the Brock Burn path, where there is a traffic island crossing point.

The north end of the Brock Burn path is blocked by about 150m of continuous pedestrian guard rail. There needs to be a pedestrian crossing here to make it a viable route to the Silverburn Shopping Centre. See also #90961 and #90962.

The Brock Burn path in Pollok.

That Advance Stop Line is sure encouraging people to cycle!

There appears to be a gap in the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route at this bus stop in Barrhead Road.

The funders sign for the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route, a close-up of #73120.

The first sign that this is a shared-use footway.

Although the bus stop layby on Thornliebank Road has been filled in for the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route, the width still narrows down by the pelican crossings.

The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route uses an old pelican crossing to cross Thornliebank Road, and even from this slightly elevated position, the ramp down to Harriet Place isn't visible, so proper signage is essential. Th ... [more]

A small ramp has been provided from Harriet Place to the pelican crossing on Thornliebank Road for the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route.

There is an 'End of Cycle Route' sign, but the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route continues to the right. It's the route from Haggs Road that's ending.

The path through Greenbank Park is much improved, but takes a detour around the Harriet Place flats to get to Barrhead Road.

The path through Greenbank Park takes a detour around the Harriet Place flats. There are no cycle facilities on the adjacent and direct Nether Auldhouse Road.

A resurfaced path in Greenbank Park, now part of the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route.

Upgraded bridge across the Auldhouse Burn.

The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route crosses the zebra crossing across Auldhouse Road, then heads up Holeburn Road.

The zebra crossing on Auldhouse Road has had its Belisha Beacons covered up, so pedestrians have to take their chances on whether drivers will still respect the crossing. No obvious reason why the bollards have 'Cycles Only' signs on the ... [more]

It's the widest zebra crossing I've ever seen, but why are the Belisha Beacons covered up?

The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route goes straight down this road, but it is signed as a No Through Road.

A cycle bypass has been built for the junction, but left vulnerable to blockage by car parking. Again, no signage.

No sign to say the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route turns right here.

A car blocking the dropped kerb at the top of the ramp from Hillpark Drive. The path itself is not particularly smooth.

A car parked over a dropped kerb that forms part of the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route.

The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route turns right at the dropped kerb blocked by the red car. No signs.

The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route turns left here, but you have to look up the side road and notice the cycle symbols on the road to know! Achievements in cycling?

Part of Tinto Road is part of the Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route.

Traffic calming road-narrowing outside a school in Tinto Road, with broken bollards.

A pathetic worn-out narrow painted door-zone cycle lane in Kilmarnock Road from the council that won the "Achievements in Cycling" award at the 2017 Scottish Transport Awards.

More cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre, but watch out for that canopy support wire on the way to it!

Plenty of car parking infrastructure in Yorkhill, but proper bike parking is hard to find. However, contraflow cycling is allowed on the one-way streets.

I only found this on my second attempt at looking for it. "Glasgow's first community public bike pump", on Argyle Street in Sandyford. http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgows-first-public-bike-pump-13193687

Cycle parking at the Silverburn Tesco store. Rather less impressive than is found at several locations around the adjacent shopping centre.

Cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Cycle parking at the Pollok Civic Realm.

Cycle parking at Easterhouse station.

Rogerfield Road appears to have been commandeered for the motorway widening project. Another loss for active travel. Does Core Path status actually mean anything?

Steeply graded woodland path.

Nice job! Makes cycling along the Clyde so much nicer @GlasgowCC @SustransScot #NCN75 https://t.co/pSQNMVmIkn

Didn't realise the @GlasgowCC Aikenhead Rd cycle lane was suspended for Hampden events... https://t.co/rzvkdwGMyQ

People in Pollok want to cycle, but are being failed by the Council which provides big busy roads with no cycle facilities going where people want to go.

People in Pollok want to cycle, but are being failed by the Council which provides big busy roads with no cycle facilities going where people want to go.

People in Pollok want to cycle, but are being failed by the Council which provides big busy roads with no cycle facilities going where people want to go. So this shopping trip is along the footway (which isn't shared use until after the jun ... [more]

The new bridge over the railway line at Bredisholm Road is not finished.

A big puddle on Bredisholm Road track.

A replacement bridge for Bredisholm Road over the widened M73 motorway.

Still no progress on getting this barrier removed. See #44115.

A rumble-strip across the entrance to Station Park, but with vertical upstand that could catch a bicycle wheel when turning across it at an angle.

Cycle parking at Baillieston station, near the only step-free ramped entrance.

New bike shelter at West St Subway station #multimodal #bike&ride #glasgowcycling https://t.co/53yvf04sfK [One of the stands in #72081 appears to have gone missing!]

No cycling facilities east of the Broomhouse roundabout, on the road to Uddingston, but the footway has been upgraded so pedestrians can take their chances with the traffic rather than use the stepped ramp footbridge.

The painted cycle lanes start just after the Broomhouse roundabout (M74 motorway junction) and then encounter a bus stop. A stepped ramp footbridge has been provided for pedestrians (including bus passengers) to cross the road.

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