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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 driver stopped on the Beith Street toucan crossing, which then changed to the pedestrian/cycle phase, and she is also using her phone.

A cyclist taking a short-cut away from the official crossing point on NCN 7, across the Riverside Museum approach road, despite having to bump the kerbs. There is a significant desire line evident in the grass.

A Next Bike hire station right outside the Riverside Museum.

Car parking partly blocking the dropped kerb for the cycle path access at Fore Street, also partly on the school zig-zag markings.

The shared-use footway on Archerhill Road crosses sides, from the wide footway to the narrow footway with a campervan parked on it, right at the end of the zig-zags for the toucan crossing and next to a junction.

Car parking by a professional driver on the shared-use footway on Archerhill Road.

The finished pop-up cycle lane on Great Western Road.

Car parking in the pop-up cycle lane on Great Western Road.

The finished pop-up cycle lane on Great Western Road.

Look at this guy just enjoying the new cycle lane installed on Bilsland Drive in Glasgow. Who cares about cyclist safety? Not this guy! What a tw*t!! 🤬🤬🚴🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/RJQ3Ud3b9S

One for you @UrbanistTOC 😠 t.co/7ge2Ygk40g [Car parking in the cycle lane in Corkerhill Road]

Bilsland Drive at the junction with Balmore Road, a short distance after the end of the pop-up cycle lane. Since the inside of the carriageway was occupied with queuing traffic, the cyclist seen in #151391 had no option but to queue with th ... [more]

The end of the pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive. Traffic immediately takes to the inside of the road, to form two lanes of traffic approaching the Balmore Road junction. The guy on the bike didn't get through the next phase on the traffi ... [more]

The pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive at a bus stop. The drainage would need to be sorted if this was made permanent.

The pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive at a pedestrian crossing. Maybe not ideal, but something that can be sorted later, should the facility become permanent.

The doorzone pop-up cycle lane returns to the kerbside in Bilsland Drive, but the car parking continues towards the pinchpoint.

The start of the next section of pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive. The centre line has been realigned.

No eastbound pop-up cycle lane on this part of Bilsland Drive, and a van parked in the westbound lane, despite the armadillos.

The pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive at the junction with Shannon Street. The parking layby outside the shops is not wide enough for the vehicles parked there, leading to them spilling over into the cycle lane.

The start of the pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive.

Ashfield Street has been closed at Mansion Street, with concrete blocks across the road. There is just enough room between the blocks for a standard bicycle. This has been in place for a number of years now, and could be formalised into a p ... [more]

Ashfield Street has been closed at Mansion Street, with concrete blocks across the road. There is just enough room between the blocks for a standard bicycle. This has been in place for a number of years now, and could be formalised into a p ... [more]

A couple of cycle parking stands installed on Dumbarton Road near the Thornwood Roundabout at the roadside, and there are two more behind the camera at the end of Thornwood Drive.

One of several nasty breaks in the asphalt on the path between Caldercuilt Road and Acre Road.

The start of work on cycle lanes on Bilsland Drive. The lines go from here to Murano St/Shannon St so nothing much to see as yet. There were also some red paint marks at various points further east.

Someone using Lochburn Road to gain access to the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath towards Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch. The car driver made a sharp stop. Construction work has now started on a new bridge across the canal at Stockingfield Junc ... [more]

Construction work has started on a new bridge at Stockingfield canal junction, to remove the need to go down to Lochburn Road to cross the canal.

The canal path branching off from the path between Campbell Street and Lochburn Road. Work has just commenced on building a new bridge at Stockingfield canal junction, which will remove the need to go down to Lochburn Road to cross the cana ... [more]

Bad tree root damage to the path between Campbell Street and Lochburn Road, and no access from Sandbank Drive where there is also a flytipping problem.

Despite the council providing cycle signage at the canal access path at Campbell Street, the nearest dropped kerb is someone's driveway.

Broken bollards and obstructive car parking in Clouston Street, where cycling through is permitted in the Traffic Regulation Order. The 'Keep Clear' road markings could do with being renewed.

No dropped kerb at Windsor Street/Windsor Terrace to get through to North Woodside Road at the Lidl supermarket.

Claypits Nature Reserve bridge under construction over the Forth & Clyde Canal. There is a rough path to get around the side of the worksite.

Claypits Nature Reserve bridge under construction over the Forth & Clyde Canal.

A kerb to bump on the way from the Forth & Clyde Canal path access to the toucan crossing across Maryhill Road and path up towards Duncruin Street.

Bus boarders have now been installed on the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane, and await markings. The transition is a bit rough, but not as bad as the step for bus passengers at the raised kerb.

Bus boarders have now been installed on the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane, and await markings.

The end of the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane, at the Cowdenhill Road/Lincoln Avenue junction. The cycle lane stops just after the bus stop. The bus boarder is still under construction.

Indiscriminate car parking in the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane. Ideally, this section could be rebuilt, with the cycle lane going to the left of a new car parking layby where the cycle lane is.

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane. Some of the traffic cylinders were missing on this section.

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane. Note that the bus driver is picking up the passenger on the street corner rather than at the bus stop since no alternative arrangements have been made at most of the bus stops yet.

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane at the turn-off for the canal path. Since the cycle lane stops at Lincoln Avenue, this is where many will leave it for the longer route to town along the canal path. The sign is obscured by tree bran ... [more]

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane at the Blairdardie Drive junction.

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane. A stencil has been used for the cycle logo.

A gap in the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane.

The Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane. A stencil has been used for the cycle logo.

A temporary bus stop deployed while the Great Western Road cycle lane is built. This was the only temporary bus stop sign I saw in use.

A bus boarder under construction for the Great Western Road cycle lane. There is a temporary bus stop on the next corner.

The start of the Great Western Road cycle lane. The motorists have found somewhere else to park - on the footway.

No bus boarder at this bus stop, requiring anyone cycling to overtake stopped buses in the busy outside lanes. The cycle lane starts just after the bus stop.

No cycle lane on this section of Great Western Road, just arrows urging drivers to move out.

Roadworks for the installation of the westbound cycle lane on Great Western Road.

Roadworks for the installation of the westbound cycle lane on Great Western Road.

Roadworks for the installation of the westbound cycle lane on Great Western Road.

@GlasgowCC @SustransScot That's great! But why the parking spots just down the road before the British Linen Building? They have not been there before, there is no need and it generates a dangerous bottleneck between opening car doors on th ... [more]

Please dismount for the freshly laid 10 metres of straight tarmac that has recently been laid. What is this pointlessness? @GoBikeGlasgow https://t.co/q8wMpCpnXE

Thank you @GlasgowCC ! https://t.co/N49JEwGMQ3 [Rectifies problem in #117842]

The advisory cycle lane in University Avenue changes to a mandatory cycle lane, but the double yellow lines stop.

A poor surface in the University Avenue cycle lane, and incursion by a car driver.

Due to problems with public disorder on hot sunny days, various gates to Kelvingrove Park have been locked shut. Evidently, this is not a popular policy.

Nothing to warn NCN756 and West City Way users that there is a locked gate preventing egress from Kelvingrove Park ahead, and that the nearest way out is onto Kelvingrove Street to the right.

Due to problems with public disorder on hot sunny days, various gates to Kelvingrove Park have been locked shut. This is one of the gates that was supposed to be left open, yet it is chained and locked shut. Simple for me to divert aroun ... [more]

Due to problems with public disorder on hot sunny days, various gates to Kelvingrove Park have been locked shut. No disorder was noted in the park today.

If you know where to look, there are now little asphalt ramps on each of the steps on the Charing Cross footbridge. But they could be widened and highlighted with paint. The dropped kerb is also obstructed by car parking. Combined wit ... [more]

The cycleway at Charing Cross.

The Sauchiehall Street cycleway at Charing Cross.

The signs say mandatory right turn, but the cycleway on Sauchiehall Street is two-way, so cycles should be exempted. The signs should also be 'mandatory right turn ahead' to diagram 609, due to their position in relation to the junction.

Night time traffic management in Blythswood Square.

Messy obstructed cycleway on Douglas Street, with a totally inappropriate surface. Just like the one on Waterloo Street to the left (see #95475 and #95476).

The wet tyre tracks in the Gordon Street contraflow cycle lane reveal that some motorists are entering it in lieu of slowing down to make a tighter turn.

Social distancing measures being abused for convenient van parking.

Advance signage for the Union Street bus gate in St Vincent Street. The West Nile Street contraflow cycle lane also gets a mention. Just like #139580, a cantilever sign post could have been used to avoid footway clutter.

The barriers for the pop-up closure in Hanover Street are possible to cycle around on a standard bicycle, but awkward. New cycle parking has been installed too. It would make a lot of sense for this to become a permanent road closure, wi ... [more]

Associated with the new bus gate on George Square, Hanover Street has been made for 'Local Access Only'. Hanover Street is part of a north-south route for cycle access across the city centre.

The new bus gate on George Square necessitates a bus gate on South Frederick Street too.

I'm not sure some people understand what the red and white barrier indicates. George Square east shut to all vehicular traffic, including cycles, and possibly also applies to SUVs too. The car was driven out over the fancy stone footway ... [more]

A pop-up bus gate in George Square south, with car parking removed. George Square east and west are closed to all vehicular traffic.

Road narrowing and off-side bus lane, approaching the new bus gate at George Square.

Car parking removed in Cochrane Street for an off-side bus lane, associated with the new bus gate in George Square.

Off-side bus lane in Montrose Street, associated with the new George Square bus gate. There was a proposal from the council to create a contraflow cycle lane here by creating a shared-use footway outside the registry office, but was defe ... [more]

Good to see some segregated bike lanes on London Road past Celtic Park/Emirates. Would be better if it went right to junctions but some good stretches. Painted lanes only further east after One-O-One - predictable parking issue around Braid ... [more]

Regular, not sporadic, enforcement of dbl yellows is needed on Spean St. This shared footway/cycle path is blocked daily by cars, SUVs, vans and lorries. 21 vehicles today. Zero space for people to social distance either. @GlasgowCC ple ... [more]

The pop-up cycle lane on Great Western Road is to end at Lincoln Avenue. After that, there are just discontinuous peak hour bus lanes.

Roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane. The crossing between Keal Avenue and Kearn Avenue is still no better for cycling across (see #100425).

Roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane. The marking for the start of the cycle lane appear to be unusually long. The marking for the cycle lane itself is another unusual choice.

Roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane. Here 'bus stop' markings have been removed, and the road marked out for the installation of a temporary bus boarder.

Roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane.

Roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane. There were a lot of cars parked inside the cones.

Start of the roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane.

Signage for the roadworks for the installation of the Great Western Road cycle lane, so no cycle lane on the sliproad then?

No provision for safe cycling on Duntreath Avenue.

The ramp at Glendinning Road is still steep and poorly surfaced. There's plenty of room here for a decent ramp to be built.

Glasgow cyclists, be very wary of the new cycle path at Mosspark Boulevard & Drumbrek Road, The removal of cones means cars are treating it as a left hand car lane. You could get hit by oncoming traffic https://t.co/HdESW6m0eK

Shallow steps on a path connecting Collina Street with the Forth & Clyde Canal and Maryhill Road.

No dropped kerb at the start of a path connecting Collina Street near new housing development to the Forth & Clyde Canal and Maryhill Road. The path is in poor condition and has some shallow steps in it too.

Waterloo Street, at the end of the proper protected cycle lane, and the start of the divided footway with bumpy paving for the cycle side (see #95475). I notice from Google Streetview and OSM that there appears to be something similar go ... [more]

The Hope Street contraflow cycle lane, part of the West City Way, and leading to the Waterloo Street protected cycle lane.

The pop-up contraflow cycle lane in Gordon Street, outside Central Station. The temporary 'One Way' signs are incorrect.

The pop-up contraflow cycle lane in Gordon Street, signed with temporary 'No Entry' signs, one of which has an 'except cyclists' plate below it, in place of the more usual 'except cycles'. The usual 'No Motor Vehicles' signs have been cover ... [more]

The junction of Renfield Street and Gordon Street, with the Union Street bus gate ahead, and the pop-up contraflow cycle lane on Gordon Street to the right. Proper 'No Right Turn except cycles' signs have been used on the traffic signals, w ... [more]

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