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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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Cycling on the forbidden Fastlink Busway, next to Broomielaw. Not many cycle paths in Glasgow are this easy to cycle on. The Clyde Walkway NCN75 (to the left) has lots of obstacles on it, as well as being popular with pedestrians. See also ... [more]

Cycling on the A814 Broomielaw, next to an empty Fastlink busway. See also #87028.

A 2-stage toucan crossing across the Fastlink busway and Broomielaw to get to Brown St.

No crossing to get to the riverside or NCN75 from James Watt St, and way blocked by a continuous railing. At the same time, Glasgow City Council is progressing with plans to implement a contraflow cycle facility in Blythswood St that wou ... [more]

A 3-stage toucan crossing across the Fastlink busway and Broomielaw to get to York St, with added caging.

The sign gives directions for left and right, but some people may actually want to go straight on, but the way is blocked by a planted area and the Fastlink busway. Behind the planted area is a 3-stage toucan crossing across Broomielaw (see ... [more]

Hey @GlasgowCC, amy chance you could do some enforcement of the "No Loading" zone on the @swcw24 ? https://t.co/qIVc6YwNPH

The sign in #86811 reckons this path is wheelchair accessible. It was difficult enough steering a bike through the narrow gap.

This sign reckons the narrow muddy path to Lambhill is wheelchair accessible, but see #86812.

Path from houses at Aultbea Street, and muddy path down from the main road at Castlebay Street.

Access to the path in front of the Sheriff Court is via a dropped kerb protected by double yellow lines.

It would have been nice if this ramp had been widened a bit.

New straight and lit cyclepath replacing steps outside the Sheriff Court. The old path next to the river has been retained for pedestrians.

The cyclepath merges with the footpath, but someone has decided a full Give Way marking is required.

It's cold, so jeans and hoodie for cycling journey. The fixings for the bollard nearest the camera appear to be loose.

Apart from the pointless wiggle, quite good.

A slightly better approach to the monument than in #86781, but that kerb line sticks out into the cyclepath and might catch someone out.

Left or right at the monument? Seems it is right, but could have been made more obvious and smooth.

After what has come before, this section is comparatively good.

I can't help thinking that this sharp corner could somehow have been avoided.

Potential for an impasse

Another tape-covered lamppost that has priority over cyclists.

A Cyclists Dismount sign that really shouldn't be needed for anyone who has successfully cycled down the previous flight of steps (see #86773).

Slow down and Give Way to a lamppost.

Lamppost in middle of path and flight of steps protected by hatching.

Paint and stripy tape will make it better!

New build out and dropped kerb on Claythorn Street #glasgowcycling https://t.co/qwbkEQV2py

Cycle parking at the bus entrance to Buchanan Bus Station. Room for some more to the right.

A painted cycle lane on North Hanover Street.

Access to cycle parking being maintained during station building works.

New cycle parking stands at shops in Maryhill Road, but new direction sign attempting to direct cyclists down a flight of steps!

New cycle-through in Springburn #permeability #glasgowcycling https://t.co/nFCKiO6g2G

A new set of signs has appeared, with tiny writing that cannot be read approaching the signs.

They were at it again today. Pavement parking. None of the 4 Anderston/City cllrs ever did bother replying 1st time https://t.co/qSrezBnk90

Go on hen #TOB2016 https://t.co/LaUEu6B3Xq

The new path alignment along the south bank of the Clyde, with a straight path under construction in place of previous path with steps. #84282 shows view from other end. Update of the completed path at #86787.

Hire bikes in various states of distress, in Argyle St precinct.

If we are to achieve mass cycling, we'll need more stands than this!

Need more stands! This is right in the heart of the city centre.

The blocks in the gutter have all shifted and now the rest of the road surface in the contraflow cycle lane is starting to deteriorate.

It's middle of the path point-makers like this who make cyclists so angry about taxi drivers https://t.co/E5nSiBxCNy

Someone using the central cycle lane on Cambridge Street.

Former steps on south bank path now replaced with ramp, still with surfacing to come. #84383 shows view from other end. Updated view of completed path at #86785.

Wheeltwister cycle parking at the sheriff court.

A sign at the end of the suspension bridge.

@Byron_Silver @carsickglasgow @S4CGlasgow spotted this eejit this morning https://t.co/OuoKrh1Lxi

Torrisdale St segregated cycle lane blocked as per. @carsickglasgow @S4CGlasgow https://t.co/kZM3Yic1bL

South West City Way blocker of the day. https://t.co/YN7IOacssw

A Toucan Crossing has been installed, even though there is no obvious reason why someone would cross the road here on a bike.

A forlorn Fire Path in Hobart Street, with no exemption for cycling.

I'd give Tannock Street a miss for just now!

The end of the inexplicable and abandoned cycleway on Saracen Street (see also #83824). Are cyclists expected to bump the kerb and use the ASL feeder?

An inexplicable and abandoned cycleway painted on the footway. No dropped kerb to get onto the footway, and none at the far end to leave it (see also #83825). No obvious purpose. (Google Streetview from 2008 shows this in all its glory.)

Clydeside Path

Brand new. What a shambles. This council is ripping the pish out of us, folks. https://t.co/EWsktpLR7v

To indicate a minor road will be closed, half of NCR75 is closed off to cyclists and pedestrians. https://t.co/GbHTksrdce

What in the name of all that is good is this absolute travesty of cycle infra? It's narrower than my handlebars! https://t.co/NkrqTPyWYb

The end of the George V Bridge contraflow cycle track. The options here are turning left or right onto the Clyde Place cycleway, or left onto the Clyde Place carriageway, or perhaps U-turning.

The new section of cycleway along Clyde Place.

The George V Bridge crossing in the Clyde Place cycleway, where a parallel arrangement for pedestrians and cyclists has been used.

The Clyde Street cycleway approaching the George V Bridge crossing.

The Clyde Street cycleway approaching crossing across to Carlton Place.

A parallel arrangement for cyclists and pedestrians on this toucan crossing, but not very well aligned with infrastructure either side.

Now that this dropped kerb forms part of a cycle route, it might be time to trim back the lower branches on these trees.

I'm guessing that Jamaica Street will be resurfaced when the contraflow bus lane is abolished (and a new one is created in Midland Street). But in the meantime, some gas covers need attention, as does the dip at the stop line.

Cycle parking in Argyle Street full up, and a taxi driver parking in the contraflow cycle lane.

Cycle parking in Buchanan Street full up again.

The end of the new protected cycle lane across Glasgow Bridge. Only a poor quality painted cycle lane continues along Bridge Street, and apparently no provision for left or right turns onto the East-West NCN756 which crosses the road at the ... [more]

The start of the new protected cycle lane on Glasgow Bridge

The start of the new protected cycle lane on Glasgow Bridge.

The stepped cycle lane on George V Bridge is somewhat difficult to get onto from Commerce Street due to all the clutter on the footway, and potentially people waiting at the crossing. But as we can see from #82971, it is only useful for ... [more]

Bridge joints in the new stepped cycle lane on George V Bridge have still to be finished.

If you are going straight on from George V Bridge, the new stepped cycle lane is no use (see #82971), so must continue to use the carriageway, in lane 3. But there's a 20mph sign, so that makes it all right!

A person on a bike who has missed the NCN75 ramp (to his immediate left) and is heading towards a flight of steps under the bridge.

The stepped cycle lane on George V Bridge is for left turns only. Anyone going straight on should remain on the carriageway, in lane 3 or 4 (see #82973). Plenty of footway clutter to deal with on the corner.

No bike parking in Oswald Street, outside a huge NCP car park.

New infra heading southbound on the A77 - ends at a toucan. Better with at least! @S4CGlasgow @carsickglasgow https://t.co/jVJaP0NsfE

New stepped cycleway on George V bridge. Far too narrow. Motorists passing far too close. Hellish. https://t.co/C2DajJpBYr

Road Closed, and Footway Closed, but just barriers across the cycle track. Hardly difficult to get around, though.

A car parked on NCN75.

The year-long closure of Queen's Drive for water tunnel works includes a 'Cyclists Please Dismount' sign. On the positive side, through traffic on Victoria Road has been cut substantially!

A newly opened up road closure next to Hampden Stadium.

More waste of paint by Glasgow City Council. The dual use of tin box storage may impress @Bob_Gunderson however... https://t.co/27FfCCrs0W

Beautiful new filtered permeability on one of the streets I use as a shortcut - big improvement! @S4CGlasgow https://t.co/ChvFGNH15J

Infra stops functioning when 4+ cyclists (never mind pedestrians) use it at once. Built to fail. https://t.co/SKX6GH02q2 [See also #80717]

Could make a bus stop bypass here... Or home for a cup of tea? At Braehead, Glasgow. https://t.co/K0iXbWqoxl

Only in @GlasgowCC would beautiful new public realm work have more car spaces than bike stands. None would be best. https://t.co/2KeX4HbCRF

More cycle parking stands needed in St Enoch Square. The nearest stand was full when I got back.

More cycle parking stands needed in St Enoch Square.

More cycle parking needed in Argyle Street.

Covered shared use footway in Waterloo St (see also #81086 & #81087).

Covered shared use footway adjacent to building site (see also #81086 & #81088).

Building work on site adjacent to the Waterloo St cycle track has resulted in this covered walkway/cycleway being erected (see also #81087 & #81088).

Officially approved advertising?

It must be the Glasgow weather that deters so many from cycling!

"Look both ways" has been added to the carriageway at the Berkeley St/Claremont St junction, in what looks like a lettering size intended for pedestrians.

New path in Kelvingrove Park, providing shortcut to NCN756, and passing playground.

Playground next to new cycle path in Kelvingrove Park, but people walking on the grass around barriers, and path itself largely regarded as part of play area.

New path with blind corner at end, in Kelvingrove Park.

New path (behind the hedge) in Kelvingrove Park, providing a shortcut to NCN756, although as yet not signed as such. Very popular with pedestrians, but the sign says it's a cycleway.

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