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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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Signage for the Springburn Quietway, but no dropped kerb to join the carriageway from the adjacent path. Not so easy to bump a kerb having come up a steep hill. A connection could be formed with Hawthorn Street here.

A cycle parking stand outside Springburn library.

Shallow steps on the path from Ashvale Crescent to Cowlairs Road, on its way to run alongside the Springburn Expressway. There is a steeper flight of steps at Ashvale Crescent, so the only way to get to here step-free is from Carleston Stre ... [more]

A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign on the path alongside the Springburn Expressway, at a point where all approaches have steps, except for the route to Carleston Street over the bridge.

A big flight of steps on the path from Hawthorn Street to Cowlairs Road, parallel to the Springburn Expressway.

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street. At each of the signal-controlled junctions, the inside lane reverts to motoring use.

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street. Hatching has been removed from the centre of the road to make room for the cycle lanes.

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street. This bus stop appears to have been forgotten for the bus boarder treatment. Hatching has been removed from the centre of the road to make room for the cycle lanes, which much improve safety for as lo ... [more]

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street. At this point, the door-zone painted cycle lane (see #156185) leads into the remains of the original cycle lane in Hawthorn Street (see #25292), without addressing the problem of them being on the wrong ... [more]

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street. At this point, it is a door-zone painted cycle lane next to marked car parking bays.

Pop-up cycle lane on Hawthorn Street.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure at the junction of Contin Place and Garrioch Road. The route goes via Shakespeare Street, which can be seen in the background, beyond the round building.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure on Contin Place.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure at Wyndford Drive. Still no dropped kerb for the path to Contin Place.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure at Southmuir Place.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure. The signs have been fixed quite low down the pole.

Route signs and temporary diversion signs for the Stockingfield canal towpath closure. Lots of leaves are rotting away, awaiting being swept off the Kelvin Walkway.

Signage relating to the Stockingfield Junction canal towpath closure for construction of a new bridge.

The Forth & Clyde Canal towpath is now shut at Stockingfield Junction for construction of a new bridge. Signed diversions have been put in place. In the opposite direction, the closure is at Ruchill Street. On the opposite bank, the path ... [more]

A map showing the full diversion route for the Stockingfield canal towpath closure. Similar signs are located at the Kelvin Aqueduct and at Stockingfield Junction itself, possibly elsewhere too. The canal towpath is open up to Stockingfi ... [more]

Permanent route signs and temporary diversion signs relating to the Stockingfield canal path closure, but who would know? The temporary diversion signs should be yellow. The canal towpath is open up to Stockingfield Junction, but only to ... [more]

Cycle parking outside Maryhill Health Centre.

Diversion signage for the Stockingfield canal path closure. The sign should be yellow. The diversion for city centre is rather lengthy from this direction, and those with local knowledge may be better going via Glenfinnan Road instead. The ... [more]

Car parking as usual in the cycle lane at the modal filter in Shakespeare Street.

Quality HGV parking in the cycle lane at Tesco!

I was surprised to see this Scottish Canals branded route sign after the turn for Shakespeare Street, but it turns out it is part of a signed diversion due to the Stockingfield canal path closure, so it should be yellow. The diversion appro ... [more]

Insecure cycle parking outside the shop at Kirklee crossroads. There is a step down at the end of the paving slabs.

I think this is a "park in marked bays only" Controlled Parking Zone. Either way, the van is parked obstructing the cycle cut-through to Hyndland Street and the bollard isn't helping.

Light segregation installed on the Colleges Route cycle lanes in Clarence Drive. Again, a break in the armadillos for the pedestrian crossing, and a car illegally parked just before they resume.

Light segregation installed on the Colleges Route cycle lanes in Clarence Drive. The armadillos break for the pedestrian crossing. The first time I've seen the lane this clear in ages.

Light segregation installed on the Colleges Route cycle lanes in Clarence Drive. A big improvement on #112288. Ahead are two parking bays, the first is located outside of the cycle lane, the second is kerbside and the cycle lane goes around ... [more]

Light segregation installed on the Colleges Route cycle lanes in Clarence Drive. The transition between road and bus boarder is rough. The parking bay up ahead has been located outside of the cycle lane.

Light segregation being installed on the Colleges Route cycle lanes in Clarence Drive.

The protected cycle lane on Victoria Bridge and the narrow painted lane it replaced.

Armadillos protecting a wide cycle lane on Victoria Bridge.

The tops have been sliced off some of the armadillos on Victoria Bridge.

Dislodged armadillos sitting in the gutter along with the leaves.

Intermittent armadillo protection for cycle lane on Gorbals Street and onto Victoria Bridge.

Another short section of cycle lane in Gorbals Street, this time with armadillos.

The painted cycle lane on Gorbals Street zig-zags around some parking bays before returning to the kerbside.

Cycling on Gorbals Street. A two-way facility is due to be built as part of the South City Way, so this is temporary.

I know this is temporary, but I think more effort could be made to tidy up this transition between the South City Way cycle track and the road at the north end of Pollokshaws Road.

No action taken on the shockingly steep ramp at the bus boarder on the Balmore Road cycle track, and drainage still a problem too.

No action taken on the shockingly steep ramp at the bus boarder on the Balmore Road cycle track.

Finishing work still required at the southern end of the Garscube Road protected cycle lane. It will connecting into the underpass and other existing cycle infrastructure through Cowcaddens.

Progress on the Garscube Road cycle lane.

It may not be finished, but a dropped kerb at Panmure Gate would be nice. The path now leads to the Claypit Local Nature Reserve.

Cycle parking, steps and a ramp at the new Panure Gate entrance to the Claypits Local Nature Reserve. The boardwalk leads along the side of the canal and connects to the new bridge at #153304.

The new bridge across the canal at the Claypits Local Nature Reserve is now open.

A couple of abandoned/damaged bikes at Partick station.

Three of four cars I saw in the woods at Cadder.

Refurbished bridge, seen previously in #87513. The area has been tidied up, although graffiti has returned. Unmade paths lead through the woods to Cadder.

A total lack of cycle facilities on Govan Road at the Pacific Drive junction. On the right is an approach lane for the Fastlink busway on Pacific Drive.

The Govan Nextbike station has been closed due to persistent vandalism. SPT had been proposing allowing the facility to be relocated across the road to Govan Bus Station. www.spt.co.uk/documents/latest/rtp230617_agenda13.pdf

The Govan Nextbike station has been closed due to persistent vandalism. SPT had been proposing allowing the facility to be relocated across the road to Govan Bus Station. http://www.spt.co.uk/documents/latest/rtp230617_agenda13.pdf

The cycle route crosses Govan Road from Burleigh Street to Pearce Street.

Protected contraflow cycle track next to marked loading bay on Burleigh Street.

Incorrect signage and obstructive parking on the Burleigh Street contraflow cycle lane. Room for some cycle parking.

The Langlands Road cycleway joins the carriageway of Langlands Road. On the right is the start of the Fastlink bus lane to Govan Bus Station.

The Langlands Road cycleway restarts as a designated strip of asphalt outside the shops. Despite the tyre marks on the kerb, there is no dropped kerb, and cycle access is from the narrow toucan crossing.

The cycleway on Langlands Road has now been extended across Golspie Street.

An abandoned section of street in Craigton at Barfillan Drive. This could be reworked into a cycle link connecting to the underpass through to Craigton Road and the Asda supermarket.

A Fire Path on Carsaig Drive, with no provision for cycling through (cycle access through road closures being Glasgow City Council policy).

The path through Craigton, from Drymen Street to Barfillan Drive, interrupted by a Fire Path on Carsaig Drive. No dropped kerbs for crossing the road. This path provides access to the M8 underpass through to Craigton Road and the Asda super ... [more]

A Fire Path in Drymen Street, with no provision for cycling through (although just about physically possible with a standard bicycle).

The dropped kerbs either side of the road closure on Morven Street don't align. I noticed this too late and came straight off of the high kerb. See #152275.

This looked like a good cycle exemption from a road closure, but the dropped kerbs on each side of the strip don't align. See #152276.

Morven Street is a 'No Through Road except cycles' but has no access from the westbound side of Paisley Road West.

Although it's hard to see in the photograph, a dip has formed in the speed table that makes it rather uneven for cycling across northbound, and potentially hazardous, so would be better getting fixed properly.

The pop-up cycle lane on Dumbreck Road only goes as far as the M77 off-ramp, due to some motorists complaining to a councillor. The section from here to Mosspark Boulevard was removed. A permanent solution to the distribution of roadspac ... [more]

A pop-up two-way cycle lane has been provided on Dumbreck Road, between the Pollok Park entrance and the motorway junction, due to the inadequate shared footway. The bus stop has been closed, and not provided with a bus boarder.

Vegetation encroaching onto path near Gower Street, and evidence of people going across the grass instead.

No dropped kerb at the end of MacLellan Street, at the path to Gower Street, although the kerb does get quite low nearer the fence.

Ramp at the MacLellan Street side of footbridge, but there are steps at the Clifford Street side.

It's clear here what the transport priorities are when there are steps at one side of this footbridge.

Once up the steps from Clifford Street, the rest of the motorway footbridge is step-free.

Shallow steps leading to motorway footbridge at Clifford Street that could be replaced by a proper ramp. The same problem as the other access at #152263.

Shallow steps leading to motorway footbridge at Clifford Street that could be replaced by a proper ramp. The same problem as the other access at #152264.

The surface of Lymburn Street is rather bumpy, with poorly relaid cobbles.

A slightly odd arrangement for accessing the cycle lane on Kelvin Way.

Kelvin Way looking south towards Radnor Street. Planters have been used to separate motor traffic going to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery car park from cycle traffic going both ways along Kelvin Way.

Although most of Kelvin Way remains shut to motor traffic, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery car park access has reopened. Planters have been used to ensure drivers take the turn into the car park, while allowing cycle access on the other half of ... [more]

Filtered permeability for pedestrians only in Dunard Street.

The new bridge to the Claypits nature reserve nearing completion.

Filtered permeability for pedestrians only in Raglan Street.

The Garscube Road cycle track taking shape, at the Corn Street junction.

The connection from the underpass to the new cycle track on Garscube Road.

The Garscube Road cycle track starting to come together at its southern end.

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]

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