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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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Central reservation gap on Broomielaw has been shut, forcing all traffic from Robertson Street to turn left, but NCN 75 is on the footway at the far side of the road, so cyclists are blocked from getting to the cycle route. Added to this i ... [more]

Ashfield Street road closure. There used to be Fire Path signs here, but there isn't much of an obstruction left now. UPDATE: As of April 2014 this road closure has been removed and there is now a standard cross roads at this location.

Fire Path in Hamiltonhill, with no cycle track. Cycling through this is illegal, and so is driving or parking a car!

Fire Path, with no cycle track, at end of Glencoe Street, at Bearsden Road. Traffic signals nearby break up traffic on the main road, so it is quite easy to get across to the supermarket and shops on the other side, but it's illegal to cycl ... [more]

Closed off end of Woodlands Drive at Great Western Road/Napiershall Street, with no gap for cycles, but cyclists still use it, even if it means bumping the kerbs.

The good section of path on the Temple Walkway, which could be promoted as a cycle link between Anniesland shops and North Knightswood.

The section of the Colleges Cycle Route that goes up and under the motorway sliproads at St George's Cross. Barriers, gradients, last autumn's leaf-fall. Not surprisingly many cyclists choose to go through the stopped up section of New City ... [more]

Merchant city

Damaged cycle parking stand on corner of Berkeley Street and Granville Street, near Mitchell Theatre. UPDATE: The replacement cycle parking is covered! See #46738.

Incomplete advance stop line on Tollcross Road, part of "Quality Bus Corridor" works

Line-segregated shared-use cycle path under motorway at Shields Road

Unusual triangular cycle lane between bus stop and side road, in Seaward Street

Unnecessary reduction in cycle lane width from previous 1.5m with green tarmac to 1.0m with no intention to replace green tarmac. Adequate road width exists.

University Ave / Byres Rd junction - bad ASL completion with continuous line extending through the ASL box (which was not in the plans)

The centre of Scotland's cycle network - or should that be push-bike network? The surface is grippy.

Temporary exit of NCN75 onto Pacific Drive. Cyclists who wish to turn right can't legally.

Dark her no lighting for safety at night and rack obscured by recycling bn so racks cant be used. Quite a quiet place so maybe not the safest ... other racks down the stairs on platform may be safer

On the pedestrian mall

Fire path (with bollards!), and gaps at side *may* be for cyclists to use, but no-one is sure. One is blocked by a bollard, and both frequently get blocked by parked cars in any case.

Colleges Route, Clarence Drive - new build out added to provide some acrobatic excitement when heading home in the dark as you fly over it and into the parked cars.

Poor completion on flagship Connect 2 route by Kelvingrove Park, with cluttered shared route, stepped kerb and no protection for cyclists from traffic exiting from lane at right

New Colleges 'cycle' route lane on Highburgh Rd blocked by cars as new parking bays are too narrow and road not wide enough for what was planned. Note no separation between cars and cyclists

New 'cycle' lane Highburgh Rd heading East. the white van is legally parked as close to the kerb as he can get. Straight after him is a side road exiting from the left.

The dropped kerb at the entrance to the West Street cycle track (through a section of stopped up road) has been moved, and now cyclists are expected to pass between two road signs barely a metre apart, or swerve around them. See also photos ... [more]

New road layout at Scotland Street/West Street junction where there is a stopped up road with cycle exemption on one side. A gap has been left between traffic islands, but hatching has been painted onto the road instead of a cycle right tur ... [more]

The Shakespeare Street contraflow cycle track has been replaced by a false one-way street at the new Tesco goods exit. Shakespeare Street is part of a link route between the River Kelvin cycleway and the Forth & Clyde Canal. Now that the ... [more]

Aston Road cycle parking, next to Byres Road. 15 stands, an unusually high number for a single location in Glasgow.

Pedestrian and cycle link between the two sections of Ascot Court - 'No Entry except cycles'

I don't think this is the sign they intended to put up!

Poor quality cycle lanes on Southbrae Drive.

Southbrae Drive after resurfacing this summer. Cycle lanes can be seen in the distance on a section that wasn't resurfaced. It's now nearly winter and the cycle lanes have still not been reinstated.

Part of Southbrae Drive was resurfaced this summer but so far the road markings, including cycle lanes, have not been reinstated.

Right turn lane for cycles only at point on dual carriageway where motor vehicles cannot turn right. Connects Alderman Road cycle lanes to Colleges Cycle Route in Jordanhill.

Strange combination of cycle lane, bus stop and pedestrian crossing. When a bus stops here, it is at a dropped kerb for someone's driveway and stopped over the pedestrian crossing, and there's no Bus Stop markings on the carriageway to aler ... [more]

Worn out cycle lane on Alderman Road, complete with potholes since it wasn't resurfaced when the outside lane was.

Cycle lanes outside of car parking layby are somewhat worn out. Also, the outside lane was resurfaced without resurfacing the cycle lane.

Strange combination of bus stop and advance stop line, in need of a repaint

Cycle parking inside Bridgeton station booking hall

Pedestrians must turn left along the road with no footway, and are banned from going straight on where there is a footway!

Cycle parking at the St Enoch Shopping Centre

Lots of cyclists use North Hanover Street (which leads to various cycle routes) and the contraflow bus lane is extra-wide, so why not include a cycle lane up the hill to discourage motor vehicles from hogging the inside at the lights (taxis ... [more]

Railings across cyclepath through Silverburn Shopping Centre car park, just after a right-angled bend, so nobody will be cycling fast in any case! See #26407 for details of crossing.

High kerb with tactiles at road crossing on cycle route through Silverburn Shopping Centre car park. Unbelievable!

Kelvingrove Park, next to the University of Glasgow, popular with cyclists

New City Road on Colleges Cycle Route

Checkpoint Shelley

NCN 75 at Anderston Quay still getting used even when it is covered in ice!

The northbound Clyde Tunnel cycle & pedestrian tunnel is looking a bit grotty these days. Graffiti dating back to 2002 and plenty of soot on the previously white-washed walls and ceiling. Now there is a door-entry system to keep out the ned ... [more]

Spot the path. Don't bother trying to cycle this one just yet. However, Sustrans is part-funding a new path near here called the Levern Valley Way: "The project will connect Barrhead to Glasgow and close a major hole in the network by u ... [more]

Low cycle parking stands at Lidl. The barriers for the shopping trolleys were a more suitable height.

Narrow cycle lane on Moss Road

Cycle track alongside Moss Road, heading towards Clyde Tunnel

Josta 2-tier parking freshly installed on platform 15 of Glasgow Central station. Installed by Cycle-Works -

Give me a bit more cycle space than that!

Advance stop line disappeared following resurfacing

Disappearing advance stop line in Union Street UPDATE: Markings reinstated 2012 #46682

Cycle path junction at Sighthill Park

New ramp from Speirs Wharf down to Cowcaddens

West Street cycle track, at Scotland Street junction

Glasgow's oldest advance stop lines - University Avenue at Byres Road - on Colleges Cycle Route UPDATE: Look what they did to it! #28165

Track between Robroyston and Hogganfield. Could be a useful link to/from ASDA.

Minimal cycle parking at ASDA, Robroyston

Popular Cambridge Street cycle parking at Sauchiehall Street Precinct, on a blustery October weekday

Experimental cycle parking inside Charing Cross Multistorey Car Park. The bars are hinged and the bracket on the end attaches to the handlebars either side of the stem, then secured with your own long shank padlock. Never known to be used. ... [more]

Darnley cycle route at Nitshill Road

Pointless cycle lane on Hawthorn Street, connecting layby to side road.

Bendy cyclepath to Auchinlea Retail Park

Tightly-packed cycle parking at Morrisons, Auchinlea

Double decker cycle parking at Glasgow Central railway station, platform 15. Nearest entrance - Hope Street near Argyle Street junction. (See also #26032) NB: The cycle parking has since moved to a new location near the escalators (see # ... [more]

Undercover cycle parking stands in Cambridge Street Multistorey Car Park - enter from vehicle entrance from lane off of Cambridge Street, since you need to already have a car park ticket to open door in pedestrian entrances!

Garscube Landscape Link underpass at Dobbies Loan Further info at

Cycleway between Cowcaddens and Braid Square/Speirs Wharf

Fenced off cycle parking

Polmadie Road in Oatlands

Footbridge and path through Townhead motorway junction

"All routes turn left" - Gordon Street at Hope Street contraflow cycle track

Silverburn Shopping Centre (Marks & Spencer) cycle parking

Buchanan Street pedestrian precinct cycle parking, at Nelson Mandela Place

Anniesland station cycle parking, which has since been joined by some sheltered parking.

Cycle parking in Berkeley Street, near Mitchell Library

Cycle parking outside the RSAMD - a popular location

Argyle Street pedestrian precinct solitary cycle parking stand UPDATE: This site has now received 3 standard Sheffield stands to replace this stand.

Kissing gate in Maryhill Park, on the Kelvin Walkway UPDATE: This gate has now been removed (see #50220)!

New cycle path between Dalsholm Road and Garscube Estate/West of Scotland Science Park (Kelvin Campus), at junction with Kelvin Cycleway

Cycle parking at B&Q, Parkhead Forge Retail Park. Obviously no cyclists due in today, so use the opportunity to park the turf and sheds there.

'Firepath' road closure just south of Ibrox stadium (a Glasgow feature, it seems) - why not add a couple of drop kerbs for bikes?

Odd positioning of cycle rack at the House for an Art-Lover, Glasgow - blocking the path if there any bikes parked there.

Glasgow - cycle route over western ring road

Glasgow. Cycle parking. Much the same as anywhere else.

'National Cycle Network - all routes' (contraflow) leading west from Glasgow Central station.

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