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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 hangar at Burnbank Gardens.

A route sign directing cyclists to the City Centre and Colleges Cycle Route, pointing up South Woodside Road towards North Kelvinside.

How is anyone meant to read this sign on the approach to the junction?

The road closure on this side does not appear to accommodate cycling, but there is a direction sign at #176164 directing cyclists into this street.

The route sign says "Primary School" but the dropped kerb at the junction is of poor quality, with no obvious dropped kerb on the other side of the road closure in Dowanhill Street. The Colleges Route cycle lane has been made narrower an ... [more]

Nextbike hire station at Woodlands Road roundabout.

The carriageway at the end of Park Drive has been claimed for a private car park, and obstructed by a lifting barrier. The sign proclaims it to be private land. This hinders cycle access to Kelvingrove Park.

The route sign at Kelvingrove Art Gallery has been reinstated after COP26. Interestingly, the walking and cycling directions to some destinations are different. The Kelvin Hall is referred to as Kelvinhall. The shortest route to the univers ... [more]

Works have started at the Snow Bridge.

The Benalder Street/Argyle Street crossing still awaits commissioning, and signage for former car parking spaces awaits removal. New works have started on the Snow Bridge across the junction, making access trickier.

A randomly pointing cycle route sign, no road markings, and a car parked on a marked tactile crossing.

No further progress on reinstating the road markings at the newly rebuilt Old Dumbarton Road/Ferry Road/Benalder Street junction. All of the pedestrians visible are walking on the cycle track and not the narrow footway.

Confusing signage for the COP26 diversion that has now ended.

The cycle traffic signals for the Bunhouse Road/Argyle Street crossing still await commissioning.

The sign seen in #95295 to warn (or inform since it wasn't a warning sign) of the cycle track crossing has gone missing. Also, the tactile paving for the pedestrian crossing has several tyre tracks across it.

Not a care in the world about any inconvenience their parking may cause.

The temporary segregation at the south end of Kelvin Way has temporarily been removed for COP26, and although the fences have now been removed from around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the segregation has not yet been replaced. The 'Road Clo ... [more]

Only one usable gap remains in the closure of Kelvin Way for cycling through. This makes it difficult to turn into Kelvin Way from University Avenue.

Poorly spaced cycle stands installed too close to a wall, outside Waitrose. See also #94150.

Slippery cobbles being installed on Dalsholm Bridge.

COP26 diversion signs on Old Dumbarton Road. The one on the tree is indicating separate diversion routes for walking and cycling, due to the direct route along Argyle Street being quite a busy main road.

The cycle signals at the Argyle Street crossing have been partly uncovered. The tactile paving on this side of the pedestrian crossing has been removed, as have the bollards.

All but two of the original Nextbike hire stands at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery have been removed, and the fixings on those remaining are partly pulled out, so hire bikes are being left on the visitor cycle parking stands, causing congestio ... [more]

The COP26 fence completely obstructs the riverside path that forms part of the Kelvin Walkway, and although there is a gate and it is open, it opens onto the remaining width of the path blocking it.

A fence has been built all around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery for the COP26 event. It blocks the footway (the one that might be shared-use due to the one-way carriageway) and the gate only opens across the carriageway,

A sign advising of the diversions for NCN routes 7, 75 and 756, facing people heading away from the diversions.

So is the diversion for NCN7 straight ahead, or left?

Fallen signs on the path, and temporary signs that aren't too helpful (see #175562).

New Caledonian Sleeper seated carriage showing bike/large luggage area, Glasgow to London, on the way home from CHI2019

The entrance to the NCN7 Loch Lomond cycle path at Hayburn Street.

Temporary signage to "No Entry"!

No clearance of any of the muck covering up part of the NCN7 path next to the Clydeside Expressway.

The Glasgow Harbour "land bridge" (as it was described when it was first proposed) has subsidence issues.

This footway is significantly busier than when the area to the left was a scrapyard and not student accommodation. But the COP26 diversion route has been signed over this regardless.

A busy footway that cyclists have been directed to use as part of the COP26 diversion route.

Not much evidence of there being a COP26 diversion route around this corner.

A parked van blocking access to the new cycleway on Benalder Street.

No access to Blantyre Street from the Old Dumbarton Road cycleway, due to a continuous kerb opposite the junction. While it will probably only affect those wanting access to Blantyre Street itself, i.e. residents, access could have and shou ... [more]

The Fastlink busway over the Clyde Arc bridge has been shut for COP26, with the other carriageway in effect becoming a busway (with cycling allowed), as seen in #175363.

Looking for further diversion signs to continue from #175406, but none were visible.

"Diversion cyclists dismount" on Waterloo Street. No explanation as to where the diversion leads (other than an NCN7 emblem), or any obvious reason why cyclists might need to dismount. There were no further signs to be seen further along th ... [more]

The cycle route diversion sign on the left-hand side of the road is not particularly noticable from the West City Way cycleway.

No Left Turn from Blythswood Street into the Waterloo Street two-way cycle track.

I was surprised at how flimsy this barrier was, compared to all the others. Maybe there's a wall of steel barrier further on.

Rejoin traffic from the end of the cycleway at the corner of Old Dumbarton Road and Yorkhill Street.

Slow for the incorrect tactile paving and portaloo.

A COP26 diversion sign on Old Dumbarton Road.

The brand new cycleway on Old Dumbarton Road covered in leaves.

Back to business as usual with the traffic racing round the Benalder Street/Old Dumbarton Road junction.

A COP26 security gate has been installed beneath the railway bridge at Ferry Road. A similar installation has also been provided at the bottom of Kelvinhaugh Street. I met an annoyed pedestrian who had been turned back to find another route ... [more]

A diversion sign halfway along Kelvinhaugh Street.

No improvement at Argyle Street. However, the plastic barrier which had been pushed beyond the asphalt ramp has been restored to its intended position.

The end of Minerva Street has been closed off, and covered with a security barrier. The cycle route has been diverted via West Greenhill Place (see #175377).

The flow of the one-way system on West Greenhill Place has been reversed, with a contraflow cycle lane added. The No Entry signs have been painted over, but the paint appears to be washing off! A diversion sign for the cycle route has been ... [more]

The flow of the one-way system on West Greenhill Place has been reversed, with a contraflow cycle lane added, but the signage has not been done correctly or completely. The diversion sign for the cycle route is barely noticable. The Get Rea ... [more]

Narrow redesignated footway on expressway sliproad, with added fencing. When the fencing was installed, it blocked a dropped kerb at the toucan crossing ahead, but this had been resolved by the time I was there.

Temporary one-way system on Elliot Street, and a cycle route diversion sign.

Anybody spot the issue here? 👀 The diversion for cycling during #COP26 is a mess. It’s inaccessible. It’s not signed correctly. It’s not a route that people want that makes them feel safe. https://t.co/6bNuDzihB0

The Clyde Arc has been divided in two for COP26.

I'm still not sure what purpose this isolated section of cycletrack is for.

The pop-up cycle lane at Lancefield Quay is now being used for signage. The signs include "CYCLISTS" is very small print.

The pop-up cycle lane at Lancefield Quay is now being used for signage.

The pedestrian crossings at Anderston Cross have been surrounded by hoardings, making sightlines rather poor.

The pedestrian crossings at Anderston Cross have been surrounded by hoardings, making sightlines poor. However, the lack of traffic coming from the Clydeside Expressway has made it easier to cross on red as there are more gaps in the traffi ... [more]

Preparing to shut the Stobcross Bridge for COP26.

Preparing to shut the Stobcross Bridge for COP26.

The cycle parking outside the Kelvin Hall has now been installed (see #173729). It is quite close to the wall.

The crossing at the junction of Bunhouse Road and Argyle Street is still not in use.

The raised crossing at the junction of Old Dumbarton Road and Bunhouse Road is now in place. The tyre-grabbing incorrect tactile paving is still in place on the cycleway.

The Old Dumbarton Road cycleway is not finished, but it is open, and the COP26 diversion is now active.

The Old Dumbarton Road cycleway is not finished, but it is open, and the COP26 diversion is now active.

The Old Dumbarton Road cycleway is not finished, but it is open, and the COP26 diversion is now active.

Painted bollards at Anderston Cross.

The paintwork at Anderston Cross, before it was hidden by lots of barricades.

I never noticed these cycle symbols in the paving before.

A van parked not in a marked parking bay, but partly blocking access to the dropped kerb and the path through Yorkhill Park.

And hit some Friday rush hour traffic on the South City Way!!! 😁 @SouthSeeds @SCWFriends https://t.co/o5v1fCyVW7

GeT In ThE CyCle LaNe / No OnE UseS CyclE LaNes etc https://t.co/eR0NJpxddC

The path over the River Kelvin bridge is very narrow, so having this fence block sightlines onto it until the last moment before knowing whether the way is clear or not is rather unhelpful. #102680 illustrates the width. With the gate left ... [more]

"Doom awaits" - a fence blocking sightlines onto the narrow path across the River Kelvin expressway bridge. No such problems for drivers on the adjacent road. See also #175173.

The COP26 diversion route goes from Castlebank Street to Beith Street along the narrow remote footway, which has been signed as shared use.

The soft segregation for the COP26 diversion route does not extend as far as the Castlebank Street junction, even though Beith Street is a very wide road for a one lane each way road. Cyclists are diverted back onto the narrow footway to ge ... [more]

The ramps at the soft segregation provided for the COP26 diversion are tiny, and completely unusable should anyone turn up on anything other than a standard solo bicycle.

The soft segregation for the COP26 diversion on Beith Street does not even extend to the Benalder Street junction. It, like the similar work on Argyle Street, is done to a poor standard and provides a narrow space for cycling alongside the ... [more]

A diversion sign for the NCN7 COP26 diversion route obscured by a parked van. Not the van driver's fault, of course, since it should have been placed somewhere where it could be better seen.

The SEC covered walkway itself appeared to be open for business, although whether it was possible to get out the other end I don't know, having diverted around the gyratory system due to the sight at #175151.

The route to the SEC covered walkway appeared to be blocked.

Is this sign meant to be in use?

The Ferry Road dropped kerb (see #175002) did not stay clear for long. Again, materials dumped partly obstructing users of this dropped kerb.

The Clydeside Distillery has some cycle parking stands under a shelter.

The former NCN7 route at Pointhouse Road and the footbridge with steps over the Clydeside Expressway still form useful parts of the cycle network to differing degrees.

Temporary signs obstructing the northern end of the Benalder Street cycleway. Still no progress to report on the installation of traffic signals implied by the stopline and pedestrian crossing studs, or how the cycleway ties into the roa ... [more]

The end of the Old Dumbarton Road cycleway in Ferry Road is now usable.

The Benalder Street cycleway has now been connected to the Old Dumbarton Road cycleway, with the installation of the raised crossing. The old lamppost seen in #174295 has been removed.

The Old Dumbarton Road cycleway has now been cleared of obstructions at the Ferry Road junction. The raised crossing has been installed and awaits lining. Some bollards might be in order too.

The present limit of the completed cycleway on Old Dumbarton Road at the rear of the Kelvin Hall. Work is ongoing to install the raised crossing at the Bunhouse Road junction.

Old Dumbarton Road closed for installing the raised crossing at the Bunhouse Road junction.

With NCN7 due to shut on Saturday, the cycle route on the diversion route on Old Dumbarton Road is still under construction at its eastern end. There does not appear to be any attempt to tie in the cycleway to the road network at this busy ... [more]

Unusably bad soft segregation has been put in on Argyle Street for the COP26 diversion route, and is dangerous for various reasons, including lorry parking right up to the pedestrian crossing point blocking sight lines. See also #175137.

Very poor soft segregation on Argyle Street for the COP26 diversion route.

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