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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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Today is #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Let's start with the door-killing zone on Highburgh Road on the so-called Colleges Route. https://t.co/2loXDwIgWU

Good. More please? #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/OBuZtvMYaM

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 good bus stop bypass ✅ poor drainage ❌ high threat wheel snares / tyre cutters ❌ https://t.co/ZRlxl5GY62

Cycle lane seamlessly into bus stop and car parking #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Aikenhead Rd https://t.co/F0GhFuo9K5

The bus stop that dreamed of floating #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Aikenhead Road https://t.co/rpRvsRBq7c

More obligatory shots for #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 - the lauded but distinctly average red tube over the expressway. I mean, it's fine but... https://t.co/dToSnqZnSh

@GoBikeGlasgow #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Bus lanes are open to bikes in Glasgow - Argyle St https://t.co/1ckF2IFxYr

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 when you are jealous of the railings the school have and want some to help protect your bike lane. https://t.co/BmLaHleRD1

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 The chicanes on Mansewood Rd force cyclists into the road, head on against cars. Make cycle paths to each side https://t.co/04DfR4uruH

Cycle lane + d/yellow lines at the foot of busy Gilmore Hill. Ideal parking place #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/xd0YZo2dOx

On-street cycle parking in a mainly residential area. Not secure enough for longer stays.

A lack of cycle parking outside student accommodation offices.

A complete lack of cycle infrastructure outside the former Western Infirmary.

An ambiguous sign at Partick Bridge. Is the cycle route to the City Centre along Argyle Street or around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery car park? And whereabouts does it join NCN7?

Not sure I can do this justice in photos. Alignment with dropped kerb is... bad. #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Gorbals Street https://t.co/5Z69lUGAoE

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 access to path by castlemilk leisure centre https://t.co/89fqeEhDGu

over the hump at Corkerhill stn on Corkerhill Rd heading towards the college & it narrows down to….where do i go ? #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/KXANplRuEx

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 my favourite fragment of concrete in Glasgow, just by Science Centre. Been there for years. #nodroppedkerb https://t.co/7slQbFYLU7 UPDATE: A dropped kerb has since been provided.

@CycleInfraDay wedges of tarmac to cycle up/down steps on motorway footbridge at Charing X. https://t.co/N9oDnxhxnM

The ongoing parking issue at Leverndale Hospital... yes, that's the marked cycle lane. #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/g1O9GbblMV

Counter flow lane/bin storage. #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/3DGNdtasnq

Not sure what this is, but wasn't designed with bikes in mind & cars regularly demolish it. National cycle route 7. #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/fLJMPbMu79

Would be a good walking or cycling path. Shared use next to massive #Holyrood school though? #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 https://t.co/uFQ47EK5uv

The gates have been locked shut across the Kelvin Cycleway/NCN756 for the duration of a dinosaurs event in Botanic Gardens.

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 Striven Gardens, west end. Unique filtering. Also unique in that it isn't blocked by a parked car like normal. https://t.co/ZTSmnVoTHF

Reported this on Victoria Bridge months ago... still there & getting worse. Lethal to cyclists. #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17 @GlasgowCC https://t.co/OsKCl7IJk5

Car parking in the Clarence Drive cycle lanes at rush-hour.

The as yet unopened cycleway beneath the Bredisholm Road bridge, next to the M8 motorway. The path appears to be routed around a SUDS pond, after which it rejoins a position adjacent to the motorway. Not sure a road would be designed like t ... [more]

The as yet unopened cycleway beneath the Bredisholm Road bridge, next to the M8 motorway. Note that the signs at the junction with Brediholm Road are for destinations requiring a sharp turn and no destination is given for straight ahead.

The cycle track linking Albert Road and Victoria Road has been blocked by a cycle hire station. Hopefully this will be sorted during the South City Way work.

Damage the water drop from the broken Clyde Weir has been serious. Major subsidence just east of the Strathclyde distillery seems active https://t.co/FyyVRaTibV

An extremely narrow section of path along the canal below the Ruchill St bridge. Shameful that something so bad could have been built in modern times!

The canal path goes under a modern road bridge on a very narrow section of path (see #92011), but it is possible to bypass it by going up the ramp to Ruchill St and crossing to rejoin the canal path beyond the bridge.

A barrier with a gap at the side on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.

The new administration at Glasgow City Council wasted no time in "standardising" (downgrading) all 24-hour bus lanes in Glasgow to operate only 7am-7pm, but this peak-hour bus lane remains peak-hours only. Enforcement is unchanged.

Footway car parking outside new student accommodation, including reversing across the shared-use footway/cycleway. There is plenty available on-road car parking, and a cheap all-day car park next door (behind the trees).

The crossing of Bunhouse Road is a mess, and is currently partially blocked by hoarding. In the background a van driver has blocked the cycleway with his van, right next to some car parking spaces on the road, and near a large car park j ... [more]

Cycle stands blocked in by bins.

Although there is cycle parking across the road at #91835, for some reason people prefer to lock their bikes here.

I won't be locking my bike to these rusty old stands next to a big puddle!

Plenty of car parking spaces, but only tree cages for cycles to be locked too. Every street in Yorkhill needs more bike stands.

Glasgow City Council has proposed stopping up this path leading to vacant land behind the houses, due to it being deemed "unneccessary". ROADS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1984 THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL RAASAY STREET (STOPPING UP) ORDER 2017 ... [more]

NCN75 closed at the SECC due to the Festival of Motoring of all things.

Like #91605, a diversion sign that says "see map" without saying where the map is. And it's at a flight of steps (the turning for the ramp is behind the camera).

@twanduiv @GoBikeGlasgow @GlasgowCC @TwoWheeledTank city West way be gone to be replaced with horrendous non bike detour https://t.co/hIiKqwZ395

@sturmeyarcher3 @GoBikeGlasgow Apparently there is a diversion on a map... somewhere... https://t.co/XxexndT9Zu

Pollok's road network is not cycle friendly. Will the Peat Road roundabout replacement plans be modified to rectify this?

The start of the Old Dumbarton Road cycleway in Ferry Road is completely anonymous.

Old Dumbarton Road with the cycleway on the far side, passing an old gate.

The point on Old Dumbarton Road where the cycleway crosses to the opposite footway.

The sign of yet another student residence complex without bike parking.

The Bunhouse Road cycle track partially blocked due to it being used as a dumping ground for materials during roadworks on Argyle St/Dumbarton Road. The van parked on the footway beyond the cordoned off area was blocking the dropped kerb fo ... [more]

Disappointing to see a business using cycling space to dump their goods on today @S4CGlasgow https://t.co/al31RX7tS8

Crow Road has a local access road for a distance approaching Anniesland (and the listed Anniesland Tower), but no alternative to the main carraigeway through Jordanhill to the south.

Fern Lane is well surfaced (for a back lane) and has a single bollard to prevent through motor traffic, making it a useful alternative to the busy Crow Road..

Replacement for Checkpoint Shelley (see #26285).

...for a chat with this guy."Excuse me why are you changing your tyre in the bike lane?""Because otherwise it would be on the road".Riiiight https://t.co/rGvHLhsoky

Some hospital cycle parking, next to the car parking.

Space for buggies?

Roadworks on the shared-use footway on Moss Road.

A split toucan crossing across the western hospital entrance on Govan Road, but no obvious signs allowing cycling on the footway, and the eastern entrance a short distance away has ordinary pedestrian-only signals.

As part of the Fastlink bus priority scheme, buses were meant to turn right onto Govan Road from the now abandoned segregated bus lane on the left.

As part of the bus priority, buses are allowed to turn right (into the bus station) from the left-hand lane, but the traffic signals all along the Fastlink route do not seem to change with the approach of buses.

What starts off like a positive permission to cycle ends up more like an ultimatum!

If cycling isn't allowed on the footway on this side of Shieldhall Road, then why the toucan crossing?

The footways each side of the A8 Shieldhall Road are largely identical, but the council has decided that cycling is only allowed on one of them.

Cycle parking at the Glasgow Science Centre and cinema. Damaged racks in the open, shop wheel stands in a shelter, and a Nextbike hire station.

Just some of the broken glass that plagues this section of cycle path.

A nice uncluttered layout leading from cycle path onto Greenlaw Road, but photo taken while waiting for others in group to mend a puncture caused by broken glass on the path.

Cycle parking at Hillington East station up against the wall. No room for bike to rest either side of the stand.

Access to the Brock Burn path here is by steps over the flood defences.

The Brock Burn path meets the cycle route through Silverburn.

Barriers across the cycle path to Silverburn, to stop people going straight out onto the road where drivers can't even avoid hitting the signs. Again, no traffic control to help people cross the road, just a traffic island.

Shopping trolleys abandoned on the cycle route at Silverburn.

Cycle parking at Silverburn Shopping Centre, this time at the Marks & Spencers collection point. The cycle route passes through here on the strip differentiated by the red bricks, the same red bricks as the collection point roadway.

It's not easy to cross this busy crossing of the Silverburn Shopping Centre entrance road, but there's only a traffic island to help.

I didn't think it was possible for this crossing to become more farcical, but the roadway has been closed, meaning the cycle route bumps kerbs for no purpose.

Some cycle parking at the Silverburn Shopping Centre. It looks like the bollards have been replaced here with a more robust design.

Four toucan crossings to reach the far side of Fairhill Avenue, with unresponsive traffic signals, and green on different phases. The Silverburn to Pollokshaws & Newlands cycle route starts here, at its unsigned junction with the Corkerh ... [more]

Three toucan crossings to reach the far side of Barrhead Road, with unresponsive traffic signals, and green on different phases, so potentially a lot of waiting, unless you spot a gap in the traffic and just go on red. The Silverburn to ... [more]

It must be the weather that puts people off cycling in Glasgow, or the hills...

The people of Pollok have made their own desire lines clear, and they don't match the official paths.

The north end of Brock Road has the same problem as the Brock Burn path, but is slightly nearer to the zebra crossing at the health centre.

The nearest proper pedestrian crossing to the end of the Brock Burn path is at the far side of the bus station, with continuous pedestrian guard railing all the way there.

The nearest end of the pedestrian guard railing is around the corner from the end of the Brock Burn path, where there is a traffic island crossing point.

The north end of the Brock Burn path is blocked by about 150m of continuous pedestrian guard rail. There needs to be a pedestrian crossing here to make it a viable route to the Silverburn Shopping Centre. See also #90961 and #90962.

The Brock Burn path in Pollok.

That Advance Stop Line is sure encouraging people to cycle!

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.

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