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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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A welcome new path from Southmuir Place towards the Kelvin Walkway, but why the adverse camber, and couldn't more of an effort be made to tidy up the start? With no bollards to protect the path, there are also motor vehicle tyre tracks.

No dropped kerbs at the ends of the path between Wyndford Drive and Contin Place, useful for getting to and from the Kelvin Walkway.

No dropped kerbs at the ends of the path between Contin Place and Wyndford Drive, useful for getting to and from the Kelvin Walkway.

A speed cushion installed the wrong way around, with the steep faces towards traffic and the shallow slopes towards the sides. This means a hazard for any cyclist not going around the side, but a smoother ride for drivers!

Bikepods in Partick. More information at http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/10489/cycle-pods-land-in-partick-to-encourage-healthy-commutes/

A woman almost hit by car at this zebra this morning. Driver's view obstructed by vehicles parked on zigzag in middle of road @Glasgowcc >> https://t.co/83ZilN4JZZ

A kerb blocking the start of the path from Glen Dewar Place to Nitshill Road.

Still a kerb to bump for anyone trying to get onto the carriageway next to Bells Bridge, in this case due to the closure of the cycleway by a running event. One chap decided to go over the double kerb nearer the bridge ramp! See also #90342 ... [more]

NCN7 ahead and possibly NCN75 across Bells Bridge shut for a running event. The sign refers to a diversion but it is not clear where the diversion signs are. See also #90343.

Cars being parked on the Kelvin Walkway and West City Way, because someone has removed some of the bollards that mark the limit of the car park.

Cycle parking at the Kelvin Hall, replacing #31550 where a new extension has been built. But the stands are bolted onto block paving and have since shown the shortcomings of that method of fixing (see #95251 and #95296).

One of two people on bikes I saw using this section of the Garscadden Way.

The Garscadden Way almost indiscernible approaching the Drumchapel Road crossing. Only the old access barrier gives a clue to it once being a Strathclyde Regional Council cycle route.

The Garscadden Way heading towards its southeastern end.

The Garscadden Way heading towards its southeastern end.

The Drumchapel Way and Garscadden Way meet and head onwards between the trees. The Drumchapel Way comes along the path from Kinfauns Drive and turns, while the path continues on to Annan Drive. The Garscadden Way comes across the grass from ... [more]

A particularly poor piece of path heading to Annan Drive, including a steep drop.

A poor quality path from Kinfauns Drive across to Annan Drive, with a waymarker post for the Drumchapel Way.

Temporary cycle parking at Queen Street station, during its redevelopment, replacing the cycle parking in the former car park.

Govan Interchange's cycle parking is now located in a corner around the side of the subway station building.

Shared footway partially blocked on corner of Bunhouse Road and Old Dumbarton Road.

There are several of these motorcycle parking stands dotted around Yorkhill, but not so many bicycle stands.

Plenty of cycle parking capacity at Anniesland station, unlike at Partick.

A couple of cycle parking stands under the Morrisons canopy, but room for many more. These are in addition to the rack seen at #30590.

Bikes parked outside newly built student accommodation. Visitors' bikes, residents' bikes? Perhaps there is secure bike parking inside the complex, I don't know, but there are no stands for bike parking outside.

A mix of proper and homemade signs at the point where NCN7 turns to leave the Glasgow Harbour development, some of them making more sense than others. If someone cycling to the Clyde Tunnel or Victoria Park follows the green sign, they will ... [more]

NCN7, the Meadow Road underpass, and the toucan crossing across to the Glasgow Harbour development.

NCN7 at the Meadow Road underpass, with a dropped kerb for anyone heading up Meadow Road itself.

Getting from Sandy Road to NCN7 on Beith Street involves negotiating a maze of parked cars and kerbs.

Cycle parking outside the Meadow Road Café.

Cycle parking outside Partick Health Centre.

Cycle parking opposite Partick Health Centre.

I'm not sure what the purpose of this cycle lane is.

Bikes sold here.

Cycle parking in Rosevale Street.

A poorly maintained continuous footway across a back lane in Partick.

The cycle parking that used to be outside the Beith Street entrance to Partick station (seen in #33212) has been removed. But there's plenty of space for replacement cycle parking, including the big double deck racks, which would relieve th ... [more]

A new toucan crossing on Beith Street for the new Lidl store, but needlessly difficult to get to from Anderson Street due to its position and all the clutter, including kerbs, in the way.

Cycle parking outside new Lidl store. Much better than the nearby Morrisons store.

These steps may not look like a cycle route, but the route through Yorkhill Park is listed on the council's GIS system as a cycle route!

Contradicting signs on Nairn Street. Is this street one-way, or is contraflow cycling permitted?

Contraflow cycling on the road to Yorkhill Hospital. Not much room for passing other than vacant car parking spaces, but downhill for an easy restart.

Nextbike hire station at Bellgrove Street, with a single bike available for hire.

No dropped kerbs at Sword Street crossing on path to Bellgrove Street.

No dropped kerb at end of path to Bellgrove Street.

Uncontrolled pedestrian crossing next to the Forge Retail Park's service access (see #89948) and on the left the path through Bellgrove.

Forge Retail Park's service access - "Service vehicles only, no vehicular or pedestrian access to retail park"!

A barrier across end of path through Bellgrove. After a small break at a car park serving the flats here, this path continues right the way across to Bellgrove Street. There is an uncontrolled crossing a short distance to the right, and a s ... [more]

The cycle parking seen in #22101 has been removed. The stumps of the stands are just visible. No obvious replacement.

I don't think the shape of the Tesco cycle parking stands is to allow them to be shoved under a ledge!

A left-hook danger point where the cycle lane goes straight ahead (only to end at the next junction) and a left-turn sliproad has been provided for motorists to cut across the cycle lane without slowing down. Added to this, the 'Beware o ... [more]

Railing and kerb present obstacles to anyone wanting to cycle to residential Barrowfield Street, although the far end of the turning head does have a dropped kerb.

Barriers each side of the Clyde Gateway toucan crossing still present an obstacle to anyone using Baltic Street as a through route on a bike.

A mix of 'hazard' (on the pedestrian side) and 'cycleway' tactile paving slabs. They should all be the latter variety. The orientation is correct.

Lots of barriers outside Dalmarnock Station result in people cycling on the footway in order to get to the fancy path, such as is seen in #89937.

A lot of money was spent completely rebuilding Dalmarnock station, and yet the cycle parking has been placed far too close to a wall in what looks like quite a dodgy corner. All the barriers around the Dalmarnock Road/Clyde Gateway junct ... [more]

Since my last visit, two dropped kerbs have been installed, but one of them is completely blocked by a parked car.

Since my last visit here (see #88189) a route confirmation sign for NCN75 has appeared, but no directional signage.

A bus stop bypass being formed on Pollokshaws Road, to be part of the South City Way.

A new bus stop bypass being built in Devon Street.

The kerb shown in #65650 has had an asphalt ramp added so what was meant to be a high quality gateway now looks a bit botched! A bollard has been removed and the motorists are taking advantage of the unenforced double yellows.

Path in Wyndford being widened, rerouted and resurfaced, providing more direct route between Kelvin Walkway and Southmuir Place.

Damaged cycle parking stand in Bothwell St.

Glasgow really pushing the boat out on cycling infrastructure I see... https://t.co/xEq1oobYaI

Clyde Walkway Location: Glasgow Central, Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom)

Glasgow's first Advance Green cycle light, allowing right turns into Bridge Street for a few seconds before motor traffic gets the green light to do likewise.

Access to the new access path to the Kelvin Walkway in #89472 still needs work done at Bantaskin St. Maybe it isn't finished.

A new surfaced path has replaced the previous boggy access to the Kelvin Walkway from Bantaskin St, seen in #58918.

A new surfaced path has replaced the previous boggy path between the Kelvin Walkway and Bantaskin St. But the kink in the main Kelvin Walkway path hasn't been touched.

A green strip has appeared at the new Blythswood St contraflow (foreground) and with-flow (background) cycle lane. Awaiting lining and signage.

A new contraflow cycle lane on Holm St, still awaiting signage.

The Surrey Street alignment into what was Stirlingfauld Place is now blocked by the new development. Just as well the South City Way will provide a cycle route on the parallel main road then!

The Paisley Road protected cycletrack merges into a shared footway around the corner. The diagonal crossing is aligned for those going up and down West St, but has a signal facing anyone coming from Paisley Road, just in case someone wants ... [more]

A bus stop bypass on Paisley Road cycletrack.

The Paisley Road cycle track, with access to/from toucan crossings off to the right via the speed hump. There is also what looks like a cut-through for access directly from the carriageway (next to the lamppost).

The current start of the Paisley Road protected cycle track on road from retail park.

Toucan crossings to access the Paisley Road cycle track.

A mix of route signs at Speirs Wharf.

The canal path at Port Dundas Basin.

The Pinkston Watersports Centre at Port Dundas Basin.

The end of the canal path at the entrance to Pinkston Watersports Centre.

Despite the emphasis on 'footpath' and 'pedestrians' on the signs, the only other person I saw on this path was also on a bike. Could do with a dropped kerb here.

The path southwards from Pinkston Road is still open during the Sighthill redevelopment.

A path that is still open during the Sighthill redevelopment, alongside Port Dundas Basin.

Dismantled cycleway in Sighthill redevelopment. This will be replaced by a zig-zag path and stairs straight up the hillside.

The position of the dropped kerb seems to be without any thought as to where people might want to cross.

A wider view of the toucan crossing shown in #89015 that leads only to the bus stop in the distance (beside the bus). The toucan crossings do not connect anywhere where it is legal to cycle other than the carriageway. The crossings are barr ... [more]

Despite the footway of the A89 not allowing cycling, and despite this crossing leading to nothing but a bus stop that does not have any bus services carrying bikes, a toucan crossing has been installed across Coatbridge Road. Does this come ... [more]

A messy join between old and new footways on Coatbridge Road.

The replacement path under the new A8(M) bridge does not look like being a priority for Transport Scotland. The only path under Scotland's shortest motorway!

The path beneath the road bridges at Baillieston could do with a litter-pick along its whole length.

On the right of the crash barrier the A89 dual carriageway and its single footway, to the left the currently shut path beneath the bridges southwards. Off to the left by the fence, the path to Rhindmuir Road.

The narrow path between the A89 and Bargeddie Parish Church gets wider for a bit, but much of the benefit is negated by the vegetation. However, it probably copes fine with the present level of use.

The path between the A89 and Bargeddie Parish Church.

I've noticed from my travels that a road in England would probably have a shared-use footway through here, but this is not the case in Scotland. The A89 expects cyclists to be on the carriageway, or go via Uddingston on the Sustrans route.

A mysterious strip of asphalt has appeared at the new toucan crossing in Royston.

An old canal bridge on Castle Street, but there are steps on the other side so not useful for cycling.

The width restriction shown in #88851, and also showing the massive over-capacity of Edinburgh Road.

Traffic calming by width restrictions that force motorists to slow right down when leaving Edinburgh Road, and prevent wider vehicles using the local roads as a rat-run.

A decaying cycle marking on Edinburgh Road. There is so much potential for a protected cycle facility along the full length of Edinburgh Road, but this is about all there is apart from some ASLs.

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