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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 canal towpath access path, unsigned, and comprising just a dirt path. Why is this not surfaced to the same standard as the main path?

The Renfrew ferry service is getting increasingly unreliable.

Parts of the Kelvin Walkway could do with a sweep and having the low-hanging branches cut back.

An uphill section on the farm access road and cycle route adjacent to the new M8 motorway.

Directions for anyone getting over the locked gate in #99820, but why no directions for the route to the left, which leads to Baillieston and Glasgow?

A locked gate and a bumpy track beyond. Although there is no sign to say where this leads, anyone exiting here is furnished with cycling directions (see #99821).

Broken glass on the cyclepath under the Bredisholm Road bridge, next to the new M8 motorway.

A junction between a section of cyclepath alongside the M8 motorway and Bredisholm Road coming off its bridge over the motorway and A8 dual carriageway. If the intent was that cyclists would go to Bargeddie (and not straight ahead to Bailli ... [more]

Bredisholm Road resurfaced with a smooth surface.

A sharp bend to the right, and also a road to the left.

A new farm access road created as part of the M8 motorway upgrade project.

My thanks to @GlasgowCC for cutting back shubbery blind-siding cyclists at this difficult junction on Pollokshaws Rd . Cycles giving way to vehicles at the junction is not great but the poor view of the vehicles from the high vegetation mad ... [more]

The disused cattle grid on Bredisholm Road survived all the M8 motorway upgrade works.

Signs on the farm road adjacent to the newly built M8 motorway at Bargeddie.

All this former farmland is being built on.

The motorway surface would never have been left like this, so why the core path and cycling route?

Fences ✅ Crash barriers ✅ Surface ❌ Unless you like cycling on the A89 dual carriageway, this is one of the few options for getting around Baillieston Interchange and on to Bargeddie.

The entrance to the path at Bredisholm Road is being used as a parking space.

The Bredisholm Road connection to the housing estate is build to a high quality, and is lit, although the path alongside the motorway is only lit by spill from the motorway lighting.

This core path is now a dead end, blocked by the A8 Swinton Roundabout.

This core path is now a dead end, blocked by the A8 Swinton Roundabout.

A gate across the path to Coatbridge Road. See also #99722.

I guess they thought this old piece of path would be acceptable within this huge motorway building project. If someone ever did shut this gate properly and someone in a wheelchair needed to open it, it would be extremely difficult to do ... [more]

The path looking southwards from the A8(M) motorway bridge.

The path beneath the A8(M) motorway bridge.

The path beneath the A8(M), Scotland's shortest motorway, has now been completed. I can't help but think they could have been more generous on the width. Not that lots of people will use it, but passing a couple of people walking a dog will ... [more]

Bollards at the end of Rhindmuir Road, at the start of the path to Coatbridge Road.

Rogerfield Road is still blocked by a gate, although able-bodied pedestrian access is clearly possible. A poor show considering the Core Path status it received.

A path into Todds Well, part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. http://sevenlochs.org/

The unmade path from Cardowan meets the made paths around Cardowan Moss.

The path from Cardowan to Cardowan Moss can be a bit wet here in times of less dry weather.

A raised crossing across Mellerstain Drive in Yoker.

I remember being told by a council official how planning gain was going to be used to help develop the cycle route network in Glasgow. I don't think anything beneficial happened as a result of the new housing on the left.

A plastic bollard has replaced the previous metal barriers in the path (seen in #48603), but the site still needs a general tidying up.

A plastic bollard has replaced the previous metal barriers in the path.

The underpass has replaced the old railway bridge under Dyke Road.

A path could connect Speirshall Close (see #99544) to the NCN7 Loch Lomond cycle path, but there is just open ground.

The opening on the right leads to the NCN7 Loch Lomond cycle path, but there is no actual path, just open ground (see #99545).

Why people cycling don’t use the provided infrastructure #7639. Approached a taxi driver blocking this same section earlier. Pointed out the solid white. He shrugged. ‘I’m dropping someone off’. Glasgow. https://t.co/j4xUZ4yLuT

A new cycle route under construction on Dyke Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. This was the last sign of work I saw heading down Dyke Road. Perhaps the footway will get widened. Update at #100297 and #101274.

A new cycle route under construction on Dyke Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. I imagine this isn't finished.

A new cycle route under construction on Dyke Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. A shared footway is going in here, and some education of the locals on the purpose of the shared footway appears to be necessary.

The BMX Centre under construction at Knightswood Park. Bigger than I thought.

A new cycle route under construction on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. The entrance to the new BMX Centre, showing something close to a continuous footway across the entrance roadway.

A new cycle route under construction on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. I think the cycleway is to be segregated from the road using orcas or similar.

A new cycle route under construction on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. A staggered pedestrian crossing across the road (signalled) and cycleway (probably zebra). I think the cycleway is to be segregated w ... [more]

A new cycle route on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. A bus stop impasse? It appears the intent is that cyclists using this cycle lane should use the dropped kerb to join the footway and go around the back ... [more]

A new cycle route on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. The view from the rear of the bus shelter in #99493.

A new cycle route on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. Quite why a proper bus stop bypass wasn't installed here I don't know. The bus shelter should be moved closer to the boarder and the segregated cycle tr ... [more]

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. I figure this probably isn't finished, but all the surface work appears to be done and only the lining remains to be finished. However, what alignmen ... [more]

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. The purpose of the shared footway appears to be lost on the locals.

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. The approach to the toucan crossing appears to be quite messy. I'm not sure why the white lines extend around each corner into the side roads. Maybe thi ... [more]

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. Looking back towards the toucan crossing in #99488.

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park. The route crosses sides here at this new toucan crossing. Maybe they'll put in some cycle parking for the shops before they are finished. Quite a sho ... [more]

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park.

A new shared footway on Archerhill Road, leading to the BMX Centre at Knightswood Park.

It appears that the roadway at Partick Bus Station is being fenced off and the first opportunity anyone cycling past the entrance to Partick station will have to access the roadway in Merkland Street will be at the crossing to the right (se ... [more]

The Partick Bus Station rebuilding project continues. It looks as if the bus station roadway is being fenced and the crossing in the foreground of this photo will be the first point that cyclists coming past Partick station entrance can acc ... [more]

The new double decker cycle parking at Partick station now starting to become quite popular, after all the disruption due to the bus station rebuilding project.

Roadworks affecting the signed link between NCN 7 and Partick station, but not clear if the route is open or closed, no diversion, obstructions on the toucan crossing. A poor show all round!

Tree root damage to NCN 7 cycle path in Partick.

The former staircase entrances to the Clyde Tunnel for pedestrians, closed due to social problems.

The exit from the northbound Clyde Tunnel in Whiteinch.

The speed limit for cycling in the Clyde Tunnel is displayed as 5 miles per hour. This is less than the former minimum speed restriction for motorists in the tunnel upstairs of 8mph!

There are intercom panels next to the former stairwells in the Clyde Tunnel, in addition to those at the entrances and exits.

The approach to the Clyde Tunnel cycle tunnel entrance from Holmfauld Place, with no dropped kerb for anyone that missed the dropped kerb in #99461.

When I turned into Holmfauld Place from Govan Road I noticed a white line on the footway. On investigation, it turns out the only way onto this shared cycleway is via the dropped kerb next to the black car.

Private cycle parking in Govan.

A path connecting to the riverside path in Govan.

The walkway alongside the River Clyde in Govan ends in a dead-end. This is the last junction to access the local road network.

A riverside walkway in Govan, with the Riverside Museum across the other side. In summer a free ferry operates across the river.

A riverside walkway in Govan.

Govan's Nextbike bike hire station, across from the subway station.

Cycle parking at the end of Burleigh Street in Govan, plus a burnt out litter bin and a cabinet with its door falling off, all next to a statue. Glasgow City Council intends to install a contraflow cycle lane along this street. Good luck ... [more]

The road layout at the Govan Road/Golspie St junction due to the Fastlink busway. Not particularly cycle friendly.

The final evidence I could see of the cycle route along Summertown Road. It just vanishes after here.

On-road provision on Summertown Road.

The Summertown Road cycle route leaves the shared footway for the carriageway. Spot the clues.

Cycle parking at the Peterson Park Hall and Post Office/convenience store.

And so we get to Summertown Road with a blind corner to start with. It sets the tone! See also #99174.

An obstacle course of poles and a random channel snaking its way across the surface. Not good enough!

Behind me is a shared-use footway sign. Across the junction and to the right is an "End of Cycle Route" sign. Are they related? Is this shared-use footway nothing to do with the one a little distance along Govan Road at #99434? But still th ... [more]

The footway across the far side of the junction is shared use, but the crossing is for pedestrians only. But the previous shared-use sign was back at #99434. Is this one continuous route or two unrelated shared-use footways? The drainage ... [more]

A funders' sign for whatever aspect of this road layout they wish to trumpet about. Fastlink maybe or the cycle route? There isn't any sign to say whether or not the footway here is shared use. There was a sign at #99434 and there's one jus ... [more]

The Govan Road shared-use footway crosses sides here, although there is only the presence of a toucan crossing as a clue. As always, the asphalt does not provide a direct route to the crossing, and as the wear on the grass shows people are ... [more]

The Govan Road toucan crossing leads straight into a wonky lamppost on Pacific Drive. The footways straights ahead and to the right are both shared use.

The shared-use footway on Govan Road crosses sides at the split toucan crossing at the Pacific Drive junction.

This is what a painted bike lane means @PeopleByresRoad @GlasgowCC @glendalegaelic @walkcyclevote St Andrew's Drive https://t.co/xSJ0xYx8OH

People are already (unofficially) using the southbound cycleway, before merging back into the roadway. #SouthCityWay https://t.co/K9QjAyXTDz

Arriving and departing at Govan Cross.

The Govan Road shared-use footway with the door-zone buffer strip in action.

Brand Street approaching the turn into Harvie Street. But how is anyone meant to know to turn onto the shared footway rather than the carriageway at the junction?

Now that NCN7 has been moved onto the footway at Harvie Street there is a new blind corner problem. Also, why is there a priority crossing at Govan Road and no priority for crossing Brand Street?

The parallel cycle and zebra crossing has now been finished. Go left to turn right. It's also not clear what is and what is not shared use footway.

What's that rule about not parking within so many metres of a junction? A car parked blocking entrance to the cycle track, so that it becomes easier to go around the other side of the traffic island to get to Lorne Street.

No access to the cycle track from the side road. Not unique.

The path joins the car park without a dropped kerb for cyclists to rejoin the carriageway. All that matters seems to be car parking.

The path to Craighall Street being used for getting about by bike.

A small path network connects Craighall Street to the adjoining areas but could be tidier.

No dropped kerb for access to path network at Blackburn Street.

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