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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 Drumchapel Way, and above it, what appears to be the last remaining directional signage for the Garscadden Way.

The Cleddans Burn path, part of the Garscadden Way and Drumchapel Way, approaches Achamore Road.

A scenic section of the Drumchapel Way and Garscadden Way, on the Cleddans Burn path.

An information board for the Cleddans Burn path, part of the Garscadden Way and Drumchapel Way.

A poor quality surface at the start of the Cleddans Burn path, part of the Garscadden Way cycle route and Drumchapel Way walking route. The footway on the Goals access road swaps from the north to the south side at this point.

A poor end to the footway from The Antonine Road at the Goals access road, part of the Drumchapel Way signed walking route.

The Drumchapel Way on The Antonine Road.

The Drumchapel Way meets The Antonine Road. Glasgow City Council's GIS system shows a path (called Drumry Wood) across the site across the road, even though it is securely fenced off.

The Drumchapel Way leaves Halgreen Avenue and takes the steps up to The Antonine Road. There is a bypass ramp, but no dropped kerb at the end for anyone following the route by bike.

Signage for the Drumchapel Way on Halgreen Avenue.

A poor quality shared-use footway on Halgreen Avenue. The other side of the road doesn't even have a footway, even though it is outside a school!

There were no signs for the Drumchapel Way at the junctions at either end of Hecla Avenue, only this one midway along the street.

Cycle parking outside the shops on Kinfauns Drive, although access is restricted from the road by railings.

Kinfauns Drive outside the Drumchapel Shopping Centre and Health Centre. Bike parking both sides but access restricted by extensive use of guard railings. The Drumchapel Way crosses the road here and the signs can just be seen.

Cycle parking at Milton Library and leisure centre, all up against a kerb.

Some steps on the Drumchapel Way, with a by-pass ramp, approaching Kinfauns Drive.

The Drumchapel Way marker post and information board for those coming from Kinfauns Drive.

Poor condition asphalt path and damaged marker post on the Drumchapel Way.

Next the Drumchapel Way goes up some shallow steps as it starts to head towards Kinfauns Drive.

The Drumchapel Way continues down some very shallow steps to a bridge across the Garscadden Burn.

A close-up of the marker post that is not for the Drumchapel Way (from #107167). Leg-it around Drumchapel.

Three marker posts, but only two are for the Drumchapel Way, so turn right.

The Drumchapel Way continues.

The optimist in me wants to believe that this section of the Drumchapel Way path is currently being upgraded.

Navigation on the off-road sections of the Drumchapel Way is by marker post. Here the posts indicate a turn to the right.

Information about Garscadden Burn Park and the Drumchapel Way.

The Drumchapel Way leaves Southdeen Avenue and doubles back into the Garscadden Burn Park.

On-road sections of the Drumchapel Way are indicated by small circular signs attached to lampposts.

The Drumchapel Way turns left to join with the Garscadden Way. The Drumchapel Way is a walking route around Drumchapel and the surrounding woodland described at https://forestryandland.gov.scot/images/pdf/rec_pdfs/DrumchapelWoodsLeaflet.pdf

The winter has taken its toll on the Garscadden Way. This is listed as an official cycle route in the council's GIS system at https://glasgowgis.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=0a599fa51e3d4460a615653700769bf7

The path across to the Garscadden Way blocked by fallen branches, but will anyone notice there's a path to be blocked?

Genuine question @GlasgowCC : wait for what? @GoBikeGlasgow Clyde Place under the rail bridge. Signs in both directions near entrance to land under bridge which has something going on. Should they actually say 'Caution: works access' or som ... [more]

Commercial van parking in the painted cycle lane on Port Dundas Road.

The end of the widened footway and transition onto an on-road painted cycle lane along Alderman Road.

Probably the start of the cycleway alluded to in #107051.

Line segregation, apparently.

2/4 Others have discussed the left hook risk to cyclists at the Devon St junction @GoBikeGlasgow eg https://t.co/hsiql8duc7. Today I was nearly left-hooked by a council vehicle overtaking and turning in front of me into Torrisdale St. The ... [more]

I've never worked out if these strips are badly installed drainage (for the boggy grass to the right), or anti-cycling rumble strips. A swimming contest can be seen in the background.

There is an unmarked speed hump either side of the Cleveden Road bridge on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, which are quite hard to spot if you don't know they are there.

A connection between Netherton Road and the Forth & Clyde Canal, with damaged sign, mud, and a chicane barrier.

I'm sure a better entrance to this path could be built at Knightscliffe Avenue. The plot to the left was only recently rebuilt.

The start of the Lincoln Avenue cycle track, seen from the opposite direction to #101264.

The Cycle Quietway through Knightswood links the Orca cycle routes on Dyke Road and Lincoln Avenue without going along Alderman Road. The entrance to the Lincoln Avenue cycle track is rather cluttered and the cycle track itself can barel ... [more]

Signage for the Cycle Quietway through Knightswood on Loanfoot Avenue, but it's shorter, quicker and on roads just as quiet to head to the Forth & Clyde Canal along Loanfoot Avenue in the opposite direction.

Signage for the Cycle Quietway through Knightswood at Riglaw Place, but it's shorter, quicker and also just as quiet to get to the Forth & Clyde Canal via Commore Drive to the left.

'Recommended route for cyclists' signage for the old signed route between Kelso Street and Garscadden railway station.

A Cycle Quietway has been signed through Knightswood, but doesn't use the newly widened and converted shared-use footway on Dyke Road.

Signage for the Cycle Quietway through Knightswood, at the junction of Kirkton Avenue and Holehouse Drive, with another sign pointing to Garscadden railway station in the background.

A route sign for the Cycle Quietway through Knightswood on Kirkton Avenue.

A "Cycle Quietway" has been signed through Knightswood, crossing Alderman Road here at Commore Drive. Again the buffer strip between the car parking bay and the cycle lane does not allow sufficient space for a car to be parked between th ... [more]

The road markings on part of Alderman Road have been renewed, including a buffer strip between the parking bays and the cycle lane, but there's really no point in painting it less than the width of a car away from the kerb.

Absolutely perfect timing. @GoBikeGlasgow @UofGsustain @PeopleByresRoad #paintIsNotProtection https://t.co/LENi1rbIkA

Painted cycle lanes don’t work, especially if the council just keeps turning a blind eye to those who abuse it. I tried to speak to the guy in the car and ask why he thought it was okay for him to park there, no response. @GoBikeGlasgow ... [more]

People could make Glasgow tidier!

The abandoned bike still blocking part of the Maryhill Tesco cycle parking stand, leaving little space for intending customers.

@morebikesplease @PeopleByresRoad @UofGsustain Here was two weeks ago. It's almost like there's a pattern...! Just shows the lack of consideration given to cycle infra that paint is even considered an option here. Anyone who uses the road r ... [more]

Paint is not protection @PeopleByresRoad @UofGsustain https://t.co/BF102sqsik

It is days like today that highlight how car centric Glasgow is. Almost 50% of Glaswegians don't have access to a private car. While the roads were ice free, the paths were like ice rinks. #activetravel #travelpoverty https://t.co/vhkNFMcgc ... [more]

@RoyalMail when will you instruct your drivers that bike lanes and especially fully segregated ones are not for parking, especially when options are available? South West City Way segregated lane in Glasgow @GlasgowCC https://t.co/MZYDmZ8We ... [more]

This type of infra is excellent but will be wasted money unless protective measures are included too. @GlasgowCC @collin_little @GoBikeGlasgow https://t.co/QRSaqPbHhQ

Hooray, the filtered access on Scotland St West at Lambhill St, G41, has been installed! Thank you @GlasgowCC πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Look, I know it's shit infrastructure, just a bit of paint, but there's multistorey and surface car parking within a couple of hundred metres. I have to cycle against the flow of motorised traffic because you're a selfish twat. Thanks. ... [more]

Glasgow's joined up infra as it transitions from segregated to 'shared with pedestrians'. A pole and a parked van. Nice. https://t.co/I1zYIvWeLB

I waited 4 sequences of Argyle st/ Jamaica st🚦- this remained red (having dodged a taxi who’d pulled in and parked on the cycle lane). We simply won’t shift people to cycling if even the limited infrastructure doesn’t work @Glasgow ... [more]

They're still at it @AnnaLangside @GoBikeGlasgow @GlasgowCC Really think the segregation needs to be more substantial https://t.co/08xkctm49Z

How am I supposed safely cycle up this street if cars are parked in the contraflow cycle lane, forcing me into on coming traffic? @GlasgowCC @AnnaLangside https://t.co/jcbx6GVDyv

Superb example of inappropriate pavement parking and encroachment onto a roundabout from the ever inconsiderate @ArnoldClark @ACHelpTeam It’s no wonder the concrete is sinking. @BadParkersUK https://t.co/TFDuYXL0qv

I'm not sure what the barriers here are meant to achieve, or why they are blocking the flagship cycleway on Waterloo Street.

Cycling home with Flora along Pollokshaws Road. Traffic management for the shared path resurfacing better cycle provision than path itself! Buy hey, 6 lanes for motors obviously essential https://t.co/Whhbubr5SC

Exciting to spot Sauchiehall Street's new 'avenue' taking shape in Glasgow. πŸ‘€ πŸŽ‰ πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸš²πŸŒ³πŸšŒπŸš™ πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ Just couldn't help noticing the state of what appears to be the final cycle surface, in contrast to the ne ... [more]

@GoBikeGlasgow constant parking in front of the cycle path at bottom of Corrour Road in Newlands. Happening everyday. Double yellow lines and cycle path paint worn away https://t.co/ubCvvYCEfB

@magnatom @GlasgowCC @AnnaLangside @GoBikeGlasgow We took this photo & plan to write to council. Why not 'please take care through roadworks and show respect to workers & fellow road users'? Feel free to use photo if you like. https://t.co/ ... [more]

Obstructive parking in Craigton Road, next to a partially empty ASDA car park.

@TrothBen @CycleInfraDay @Fenmonkey @bencooper Here is my trike on the bridge. Not much room for anyone coming the other way. https://t.co/19Afh1W4Gc

Entitled driver's reaction to #carfreeday https://t.co/E6vXC6RfX1

I was surprised to see this sign at the newly rebuilt Partick Bus Station. The pedestrian crossing around the corner has been removed. Non-bus traffic has to use this lane past Partick Bus Station, but a left turn is required to get to t ... [more]

A mention of the cycle route and bike parking on the new totem pole outside Partick Interchange, but no mention of the hire bikes.

A solitary sign outside the chip shop declares that the footway on this section of James Street is shared-use. Leads to #33490.

Precisely no-one ends their journey here, so why does the cycle lane end here?

Since my last visit painted cycle lanes have appeared on Hamilton Road west of Daldowie Road. Perhaps some of the extensive hatching could have been sacrificed in order to provide some segregation.

According to Network Rail, the railway bridge on Muirhead Road has been "rebuilt stronger and wider to enable two-way traffic, cycle route and pedestrian footpath". I don't see a cycle route. https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news ... [more]

According to Network Rail, the railway bridge on Muirhead Road has been "rebuilt stronger and wider to enable two-way traffic, cycle route and pedestrian footpath". I don't see a cycle route. https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news ... [more]

A new path has been provided around house-building works, but has been blocked by fallen security fences.

The rebuilt Polmadie Bridge is now open. See also #102058.

The rebuilt Polmadie Bridge is now open. See also #102059.

Maryhill Tesco cycle parking regularly full up, unlike the massive car park which always has lots of free spaces.

The Partick Bus Station rebuild continues, but at least there will be a direct route onto the carriageway at Merkland Street once it's finished. The stone bases for the bus shelters were apparently imported all the way from Portugal! ... [more]

Who would possibly want to lock a bike outside a bookmaker's?

No bicycle parking at the Thornwood Roundabout and absolutely no room for any either!

A very old blue-bordered cycle route sign on Broomhill Drive. There are no further signs on this route because it is the last in a series of signs for various destinations around the Clydeside Expressway's Clyde Tunnel junction, including a ... [more]

New and old route signs at Broomhill Drive.

A shared footway in Victoria Park Drive South, and signage for local destinations.

A shared footway in quiet Glendore Street, and I think the raised crossing in Medwyn Street in the foreground could be better aligned with the footway.

Roadworks blocking most of the shared footway on Smith Street, but no dropped kerb to join the carriageway of this quiet street. No provision for left turns into Northinch Street either.

The Loch Lomond railway path used to carry on here, but now flats block the route as well as the expanded car showroom that initially took over some of the land. NCN7 continues along the footway across South Street to the right.

Different styles of sign on the Primrose Street off-ramp from the Loch Lomond railway path.

The Balmoral Street off-ramp from the Loch Lomond railway path. The first time I've seen a postal district on a cycle route sign.

Aaaand once again @GlasgowCC have allowed the shared path from Pollokshaws to Silverburn beside Barrhead Road to be blocked by works. @PersimmonHomes do you realise this route is for cyclists too and that many bikes are a lot wider than tha ... [more]

The connection to NCN7 at Sandholm Terrace is formed with horrible concrete blocks with gaps in between.

If it's not for cars then it's alright to park across. Still no surfaced connection to NCN7.

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