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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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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.

The cycle lane shifts from the kerbside to the door-zone.

The narrow door-zone cycle lane swerves into the back of some parked cars. On the other side of the road, there's a car parked partly in the cycle lane, partly on the footway.

The Broomhouse cycle lane goes over a flattened build-out, then becomes a painted door-zone cycle lane.

The end of the protected cycle lanes in Broomhouse, and where it all starts to fall apart.

The cycle lane goes straight through the bus stop, and has a bit of crossfall.

No break in the cycle lane for this minor side road. I'm not sure that this 'Road Narrows' sign is still needed, since the rest of the road has been narrowed to match the section ahead, and in what is now a 30mph zone having two seems pa ... [more]

The Broomhouse protected cycle lanes continue past driveways (and need a sweep).

I don't know why Glasgow hasn't provided angled kerbs on the divider strip as it has elsewhere.

The protected cycle lanes on Hamilton Road still need a good sweep!

As soon as the protected cycle lane finishes, the girl in #90598 goes onto the footway. And I don't blame her.

These two wouldn't be on the road if it weren't for the protected cycle lanes. But see #90599.

The junction before the start of the protected cycle lanes on Hamilton Road.

Hamilton Road on the approach to the Broomhouse cycle lanes.

A path from Hamilton Road through to Greentree Drive.

A sign for the West City Way at Kelvingrove Art Galleries, with no further explanation. In the background, someone unlocking a hire bike.

Bikes everywhere!

Cycle parking at Morrisons supermarket.

The stepped footbridge across the Clydeside Expressway is no longer part of NCN7, but still hinders local journeys between Yorkhill and Bell's Bridge. The signpost is also unnecessarily obstructive for anyone going along the path.

Is there adequate cycle parking at the Maclay student residences? The bikes on the railing suggest not, but the chap on the bike coming from inside the complex suggests there might be.

As welcome as the rebuilt paths connecting to the Kelvin Walkway are, some have brought thier own problems, including here mud washing down onto the main path. There were problems here before, but now worse than ever! The sign covered in ... [more]

The Kelvin Walkway at the Kelvin Aqueduct. A pity about the kink in the path still being present. Awkward and annoying when you're just picking up speed from the preceding narrow climb and blind corner.

It's hard to believe that this path is only a few weeks old. Unlike the other rebuilt paths linking to and from the Kelvin Walkway, this riverside path was not asphalted, but instead has been given a loose surface. Unsurprisingly, it is ... [more]

Unlike the other rebuilt paths linking to and from the Kelvin Walkway, this riverside path was not asphalted, but instead has been given a loose surface. Unsurprisingly, it is already wrecked after the first heavy rain since it was built. W ... [more]

Unlike the other rebuilt paths linking to and from the Kelvin Walkway, this riverside path was not asphalted, but instead has been given a loose surface. Unsurprisingly, it is already wrecked after the first heavy rain since it was built. W ... [more]

Welcome as these improved paths are, they've caused problems on the main Kelvin Walkway, including mud washing down the hill.

An unnecessarily sharp turn at the junction of the Kelvin Walkway and the path to Southmuir Place. This could potentially be a main route into North Kelvinside and the West End from the Kelvin Walkway. No addition to the signpost to refl ... [more]

A welcome new path connecting the Kelvin Walkway to Southmuir Place, but it appears to have been built without any regrading of the gradients, so has a sudden steep climb.

A welcome new path to Southmuir Place, but needs protected from use by drivers.

A welcome new path from Southmuir Place towards the Kelvin Walkway, but why the adverse camber, and couldn't more of an effort be made to tidy up the start? With no bollards to protect the path, there are also motor vehicle tyre tracks.

No dropped kerbs at the ends of the path between Wyndford Drive and Contin Place, useful for getting to and from the Kelvin Walkway.

No dropped kerbs at the ends of the path between Contin Place and Wyndford Drive, useful for getting to and from the Kelvin Walkway.

A speed cushion installed the wrong way around, with the steep faces towards traffic and the shallow slopes towards the sides. This means a hazard for any cyclist not going around the side, but a smoother ride for drivers!

Bikepods in Partick. More information at http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/10489/cycle-pods-land-in-partick-to-encourage-healthy-commutes/

A woman almost hit by car at this zebra this morning. Driver's view obstructed by vehicles parked on zigzag in middle of road @Glasgowcc >> https://t.co/83ZilN4JZZ

A kerb blocking the start of the path from Glen Dewar Place to Nitshill Road.

Still a kerb to bump for anyone trying to get onto the carriageway next to Bells Bridge, in this case due to the closure of the cycleway by a running event. One chap decided to go over the double kerb nearer the bridge ramp! See also #90342 ... [more]

NCN7 ahead and possibly NCN75 across Bells Bridge shut for a running event. The sign refers to a diversion but it is not clear where the diversion signs are. See also #90343.

Cars being parked on the Kelvin Walkway and West City Way, because someone has removed some of the bollards that mark the limit of the car park.

Cycle parking at the Kelvin Hall, replacing #31550 where a new extension has been built.

One of two people on bikes I saw using this section of the Drumchapel Way.

The Drumchapel Way (the former Garscadden Way) almost indiscernible approaching the Drumchapel Road crossing. Only the old access barrier gives a clue to it once being a Strathclyde Regional Council cycle route.

The Drumchapel Way (the former Garscadden Way) heading towards its southeastern end.

The Drumchapel Way (the former Garscadden Way) heading towards its southeastern end.

The Drumchapel Way (the former Garscadden Way) ahead crosses the path between Kinfauns Drive and Annan Drive.

A particularly poor piece of path heading to Annan Drive, including a steep drop.

A poor quality path from Kinfauns Drive across to Annan Drive, with a waymarker post for the Drumchapel Way.

Temporary cycle parking at Queen Street station, during its redevelopment, replacing the cycle parking in the former car park.

Govan Interchange's cycle parking is now located in a corner around the side of the subway station building.

Shared footway partially blocked on corner of Bunhouse Road and Old Dumbarton Road.

There are several of these motorcycle parking stands dotted around Yorkhill, but not so many bicycle stands.

Plenty of cycle parking capacity at Anniesland station, unlike at Partick.

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