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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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Flashing electronic signs has been installed at some junctions on Victoria Road to warn motorists of the presence of cyclists. This is activated by a detector in the cycle track.

The South City Way cycle route on Victoria Road.

The South City Way cycle track on Victoria Road.

Revamped contraflow cycle track in Gourock Street, replacing a painted lane.

Work blocking the South City Way cycle track on Pollokshaws Road, and also showing the general layout at toucan crossings along the route.

New Nextbike hire station at Anniesland Cross.

A new section of path connecting the Snow Bridge and the grounds of the University of Glasgow, with potential to connect to the redevelopment of the Western Infirmary (behind).

The new path in Dawsholm Park (on the right) ends where it meets the old path for the second time. A direct asphalted route through the park between Dalsholm Road and Ilay Road has been reestablished.

The new path from Dalsholm Road continues through the park and has at long last provided an alternative route around the section of park that was fenced off years ago. The fence is now lined with trees. The old path can be seen to the right ... [more]

A brand new path with a brand new barrier obstructing it, in Dawsholm Park. The path to the left leads to a flight of steps, and to the right continues around the edge of this part of the park to link with the main path through the woods, b ... [more]

A brand new path with brand new barriers obstructing it, in Dawsholm Park.

A brand new path with brand new barriers obstructing it, in Dawsholm Park. The new path links Dalsholm Road coming up from the river to the higher level part of the park, and bypasses the steps visible in the distance to the left of the pat ... [more]

A brand new path with a brand new barrier obstructing it, in Dawsholm Park. The new path leads into the muddy puddle on Dalsholm Road that still hasn't been sorted.

Slow progress on the Old Dumbarton Road cycle track. The corduroy tacile paving is incorrect.

Outdoor café seating next to NCN7 at Bell's Bridge.

The path has clearly been built to align with Bell's Bridge, but this alignment is nothing without a proper crossing. Instead, there's a staggered toucan crossing off to the right, as indicated by the sign. See also #93791 taken from the ot ... [more]

That moment when you stop to take a photo and there's a cyclist approaching on the narrow shared footway and a bus approaching on the adjacent busway, before there's time to get the camera ready. All I could do was to move into the side.

Transition between segregated paths and shared footway, with incorrect corduroy tactile paving.

Access to the Village retail hub has been closed off, perhaps temporarily.

Craigiehall Street meets Govan Road, but no dropped kerb for access to the NCN7 cycle path.

The dual path behind Blackburn Street and Plantation Square at Craigiehall Street.

Path between Paisley Road West and Blackburn Street, but no dropped kerb at the end.

Lack of proper access between Blackburn Street and Paisley Road West. A line of poorly laid paving slabs links the path outside the houses to the footway on Paisley Road West. A proper connected network would be aided by a better path here.

Filtered permeability between Milnpark Gardens and Milnpark Street at Sussex Street, rectifying the main problem in #99410.

Filtered permeability on Sussex Street, see also #166733.

Filtered permeability on Scotland Street West.

Cycle parking for a business in one of the industrial units.

The path from Seaward Street joins Portman Street and Scotland Street West.

A short section of cycle lane on Seaward Street, but not really any use for crossing at the toucan crossing.

The path from Shields Road and Scotland Street runs alongside the northernmost section of Shields Road before rejoining the road. The asphalt strip gets progressively narrower, forcing everyone onto the cobbles.

Path under the M8 motorway.

Drainage problem on the Shields Road cycle track.

The tactiles seen in #70961 have now been installed with the bars parallel to the cycleway, but there's nothing in the regulations to say a diagonal installation is acceptable.

Unmarked dropped kerb connecting the southern portion of Shields Road to Nithsdale Road and the rest of Shields Road. The dropped kerb has clearly been retro fitted, but not marked as being for cycling.

The contraflow cycle track on Torrisdale Street, here being used in the with-flow direction.

'No Turn Left except cycles' on Niddrie Road at Torrisdale Street.

A dropped kerb for cycling from Cavendish Street towards the South City Way, but now it is aligned with a large patch of grass, so requires awkward turns to get around.

Cycle parking and a public workstand at Cavendish Street, but no dropped kerb to leave the South City Way cycle track to get to them. There used to be a dropped kerb and painted cycle track linking Pollokshaws Road and Cavendish Street here ... [more]

The section of cycle track on the traffic island between Pollokshaws Road and Cathcart Road has been marked with red surface, unlike anything else in the South City Way to date. Work continues.

The South City Way taking shape at the transition between two-way and one-way cycle tracks at the north end of Pollokshaws Road. I'm not convinced the layout will be used as the designer intended. Surprisingly, no use has been made of th ... [more]

The South City Way taking shape at the Cumberland Street junction.

The final section of the link between Stockwell Place and Dunlop Street, where it crosses between the westbound and eastbound sections of Howard Street to access Dunlop Street, isn't marked in any way. The kerbs are are not well aligned eit ... [more]

The cycle track linking Stockwell Place to Dunlop Street, providing an alternative route for a banned turn from Stockwell Street into Clyde Street, and a local link between parts of Howard Street and Dunlop Street. The green surface is b ... [more]

Nothing has been done to maintain or upgrade the Stockwell Place to Dunlop Street cycle track. This appeared in plans following an objection to a proposed banned turn from Stockwell Street into Clyde Street, but no supporting signage was ev ... [more]

The Howard Street contraflow cycle lane with orca protection. The traffic island here has been made less obstructive too.

The Howard Street contraflow cycle lane now has protection from orcas. So taxi driver parks on footway at a pedestrian crossing point instead.

The Howard Street contraflow cycle lane now has some protection from orcas, but some motorists still find ways to block it. Enforcement action seems to be missing. The traffic signals have "except cycles" signs, but no prohibition or man ... [more]

A one-way sign used on Argyle Street where there is a contraflow cycle lane. The vehicles parked in the layby ahead will have been driven in the bus lane.

Oswald Street bus gate, helping to filter city centre traffic. But taxi driver stops forward even of the Advance Stop Line.

Temporary signs placed in cycle track, blocking the entire width, again.

Traffic counters, including for the cycle lane, on Glasgow Bridge.

Traffic island and bollard to help prevent left hooks on the Clyde Street pop-up cycle lane.

Demand for cycling in both directions on Clyde Street.

The barriers on Hanover Street have been moved making it more difficult to cross George Square. The gaps between sections of barriers do not line up. Previous layout shown in #143986.

The road closure in Avenuepark Street now has an opening to allow through cycling, correcting issue in #62876.

Regular parking spot in the pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive, and also further drainage issues.

Drainage problems on pop-up cycle lane in Bilsland Drive at toucan crossing next to Ruchill Park.

A bus stop boarder followed by a sudden swerve around a marked parking bay.

The pop-up cycle lane leads straight into a build-out for a toucan crossing. No ramp has been provided and the railings remain in place, unlike the other side.

Dislodged armadillos on Bilsland Drive pop-up cycle lane.

Drainage problems on pop-up cycle lane oon Bilsland Drive.

A railing and kerb obstructing the end of an otherwise quite cycleable path providing links through the quiet street network.

A choice of cycle parking at the Knightswood shopping centre.

Plean Street Pyramid at the end of Plean Street.

Van parking obstructing the dropped kerb for the path connecting Plean Street to the NCN7 cycle path. The bollard is largely superfluous, given the width of the opening.

Cycle parking stands outside the entrance to the former Lidl store in Yoker. These are in addition to the 8 stands over the other side of the car park.

Some of the cycle parking at the former Lidl store in Yoker. This lot can be easily accessed from the cycle path, but is nowhere near the entrance.

Bumpy path at the riverside.

Still no connection between the towpath and Great Western Road on the south side of the dual carriageway. But a clear worn desire line up the embankment. The north side access at #145337 is left on, left off on the eastbound carriageway, ... [more]

Ponding and tree root damage on the rebuilt section of canal path at Blairdardie.

The new road layout on University Avenue does not meet with the approval of at least one cyclist (who stays on the footway).

Work progressing on the new bridge across the Forth & Clyde Canal at Stockingfield Junction.

The traffic signals at Lochburn Road are now operational, and the low-level cycle signals give a head-start of a few seconds before the main signals change.

Steps and fly-tipping obstructing progress in Cowlairs Park. The whole park needs a revised network of paths and tidying up.

No Lorries allowed in Cowlairs Park.

Fountainwell Road is presently closed in Sighthill, so St Rollox Drive is temporarily not a through road. The road on the right has been opened, and is presently the sole road access to the residential area of Sighthill.

Fountainwell Road is presently closed in Sighthill, so St Rollox Drive is temporarily not a through road.

North Canal Bank Street is being extensively rebuilt, and includes a segregated cycleway. However, incorrect corduroy (hazard) tactile paving has been used instead of the cycleway type.

North Canal Bank Street is being extensively rebuilt, and includes a segregated cycleway. However, incorrect corduroy (hazard) tactile paving has been used instead of the cycleway type.

North Canal Bank Street is closed for extensive rebuilding. Pedestrian access is maintained to the left (see #165586).

The signed diversion route is shut! Still no dropped kerb.

Ambiguous diversion sign for pedestrians and cyclists (the closed "footway" is the path from Craighall Road to Pinkston Road, alongside the motorway), and fancy electronic sign for motorists.

No change to the diversion signs in #95364 and #95363.

The path between Craighall Road and Pinkston Road is now closed for construction work. This path leads to #165573.

If that's the sign to declare the path ahead closed, it's no use lying face down.

Collapsing and muddy tactile paving at the M8 on-slip toucan crossing at Craighall Road.

The bridge between North Wallace Street and Sighthill is being replaced, and diversions have been signed to Craighall Road and Pinkston Road.

Pedestrians and cyclists diverted into the presently dead-end Pinkston Road, but motorists are not.

"Cyclists Dismount And Use Footway" - the Sighthill diversion route appears to have been signed along the footway of various roads, none of which are actually signed as being shared use, so why dismount here?

The path alongside the motorway, between Pinkston Road and Craighall Road, has been closed. In the original publicity material it was stated that "constant access" would be maintained along this path, although given the nature of the work t ... [more]

A sign for the diversion due to the closure of the path between Pinkston Road and Craighall Road. There are no longer signs displayed for the diversion between Pinkston Road and Charles Street.

The path between Pinkston Road and Craighall Road has been closed, and the footbridge across the motorway to North Wallace Street has been removed. Diversion signs are in place along Baird Street and Dobbie's Loan. However, the diversion ... [more]

A section of the Springburn Road residential access road is one-way, and the path down to the expressway is of limited use for cycling since it leads only to a pedestrian crossing, with no footway continuing on this side.

Dropped kerbs both sides on the underpass at Cowlairs Road, but stepped ramp up to the path alongside the Springburn Expressway.

Grit from disintegrating road surface covering cycle lane. But makes seeing several sets of bike tyre tracks easier.

The Old Dumbarton Road cycle track isn't even finished and already it is attracting fly parking by motorists.

The 'cycleway' tactiles on the Sauchiehall Street cycle track are installed so the bars go across the cycle track instead of along it.

One of a number of piles of leaves in the Great Western Road pop-up cycle lane, and a goods vehicle being unloaded completely obstructing the cycle lane.

Pop-up cycle lane on Great Western Road, at bus stop near Balvie Avenue. The tactiles are of the lesser-spotted Guidance Path type, in a rubber stuck-down form. I think the pipe might be the drainage.

Poor lumpy asphalt surface on bridge over Forth & Clyde Canal.

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