Go Bike exists to campaign for better cycling facilities in Glasgow and the Strathclyde area. We will praise infrastructure changes which introduce good practice but we will object to proposals that do not meet current standards and which increase the potential risk to cyclists and other vulnerable road users. We encourage all our members and supporters to let councils know if they are getting things right. As in 2016, our responses in 2017 started with slight praise for Glasgow City Council for restricting parking, this time on Garscadden Road to the west of the city:
Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street: Avenue concept: We have now responded to the TRO part of the Consultation with this letter: GoBike Sauchiehall Street partial support 280217 but there is also a Planning Application, to which we have not yet responded, see: https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OKT65HEXMXU00 Our main concerns are the lack of access into the cycle lane at all the junctions and the failure to provide any linkage over the M8 from Woodlands Road and St George’s Road. The scheme has been devised for Sauchiehall Street only rather than as part of a cycle route strategy for Glasgow.
Garscadden Road, parking restrictions:
We think the restrictions might be to ease access to a nursing home, but we do need to question what some see as their inalienable right to leave their car wherever they wish. We have replied to confirm that we approve the restrictions: GoBike Garscadden Road parking support 070217
Glasgow Bus Lanes: all to be part-time!
Following a review of bus lanes in 2014, see GoBike’s response here: Go Bike GCC Bus,Cycle.Taxi Lane Review 191114 Glasgow City Council have now issued a Traffic Regulation Order proposing that all bus lanes in the city will operate for only 12 hours per day, from 7am – 7pm. Glasgow Cycleman, a GoBike member was quick off the mark to voice opposition, see his excellent blog: https://glasgowcycleman.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/a-slap-in-the-face/
We have now submitted this objection to the City Council: GoBike Glasgow Bus Lanes Objection 16Dec16
A81 Bears Way, Phase 1
East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) wrote to us early in August 2016 to ask for our views on Phase 1 of the segregated A81 cycle route in Bearsden. This has attracted a lot of opposition from motorists but we are in favour of this bold move. It’s not perfect but it’s far better than what was there before and we wish other local authorities would construct segregated cycle ways on the major arterial routes into Glasgow. EDC’s letter is here: EDC Bears Way Survey Aug16 and our reply is here: GoBike Bears Way Survey Aug16 letter
Glasgow, Pollokshields East, Parking Restrictions and Forth Street to be made one-way, with no contra-flow cycling
We received a prompt reply to our letter of 25 July, stating that contraflow cycling could not be allowed because of HGVs in Forth Street. Having considered and consulted on this, we have now confirmed our objection with our letter of 04 August: GoBike Pollokshields East support, with partial objection, confirmed
The recently completed contraflow scheme in Cardonald Place Road, referred to in our letter of 04 August.
Improvements in Pollokshields continue, many of them initiated by the Community Council, with restrictions on parking at junctions (a no-brainer, one might think) but including the proposal to make Forth Street one-way, ostensibly to allow loading. However, Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling makes it clear that the city uses Cycling by Design as its in-house design guide and, at Clause 5.1.5 Contra-flow Cycle Lanes is the statement “The default position should always be to permit two-way cycling on one-way streets. Where there are safety concerns, the introduction of a contra-flow cycle lane may be required, as illustrated in Fig 5.3. It will be necessary for the one-way street TRO to include an exemption for cyclists.” There is a link to both these documents on our design guides page: http://www.gobike.org/cycling-info/design-guides
Our letter, objecting to the failure to maintain two-way cycling on Forth Street is here: GoBike Pollokshields East support, with partial objection
This consultation is open until 08 August; please add your voice by writing in to the addresses shown on the letter.
Transport Scotland, footway on the A9/M9 Gleneagles Station to Auchterader
Although this is outwith our area, we have responded to this proposal to redetermine the footway for cycle use as well as pedestrian. While we support the aim of the proposal, we are concerned that the footways must be of adequate width and must be well-maintained: GoBike M9 A9 Gleneagles Stn Auchterader support, with concern
Further 20mph zones in Glasgow
Four more 20mph zones on the way in the city: Dumbreck, Priesthill, Riverview and South NItshill. We have emphasised the need for enforcement of, and compliance with, the 20mph limit in our letter of 18 July, see: GoBike Citywide 5b 4 20mph zones support, with concern
More 20mph zones in Glasgow
We have responded to the City Council’s latest set of proposals for 20mph zones; 4 of them covering Auldhouse,Blairdardie, Broomhouse and Waverly Park,scattered across the city. Yes, we want 20mph but we want that as the default speed limit in the city, and we want it now, not at some unspecified time in the future, and we have responded in that vein: GoBike Citywide 5a 4 20mph Zones support, with concern.
3 more Consultations from Glasgow City Council
GCC continues with its moves to control parking and to introduce 20mph zones and we have responded to 3 recent consultations – they are still open for comment. If you wish to see the detail and add your support, or otherwise, see: www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro
The first was for parking restrictions on Robert Street and Robert Drive, and also the junction with Helen Street. GCC has a piecemeal approach to parking at street junctions; surely there could be a ban for the whole city. Our response is here: GoBike Robert Street Robert Drive support
We have mentioned the second before, and the local Community Council is very involved in this process, ie 20mph for Pollokshields (part). We support the 20mph introduction but we ask why this is being done on a piecemeal basis, why isn’t the default speed limit for the whole city reduced to 20mph (with exemptions where appropriate)? GoBike Pollokshields 20mph support, with concern
The third consultation relates to parking controls within the city centre, with motorcycle bays, more paid parking meters and electric charging points. We welcome this move as it should improve the urban environment for us all, see: GoBike City Centre parking support 190416.
3 Consultations from Glasgow City Council
At the end of March we responded positively to 3 consultations from Glasgow City Council. The first concerned restrictions to deter commuter parking on Budhill Avenue and Cramond Terrace, see: GoBike Budhill Street the second was a restriction on parking on Calder Street near Polmadie Road – a request made by the Fire Service to allow them to get their machines through, see: GoBike Polmadie Road
The third was a consultation about closing the end of Gadie Street, near Provan Road at Alexandra Park to all vehicles except cycles, a first in our experience. A sensible move by the City Council and we hope to see more formal exceptions for cycles. We also suggested that the old railway track under Gadie Street at this location be opened up as an off road route, see: GoBike Gadie Street and above diagram.
Cycling Scotland, Consultation on Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS)
GoBike is a supporter member of Cycling Scotland and, as such, we have been asked to respond to their Stakeholder Consultation 2016 on CAPS 2013, published by Transport Scotland, see: http://www.transport.gov.scot/report/j0002-00.htm We are told by Cycling Scotland that “The aim is to identify the actions and areas where the greatest – and least – progress is being made and to recommend future national and local priorities. We will provide an overview of the responses and make recommendations within an evidence-based progress report due to be published in the summer. Transport Scotland has already confirmed its intention to publish a third Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, based on this report. Your contribution is therefore welcome and valuable.”
The GoBike response is here, CAPS Response GoBike! Mar 16 and I trust that is a positive and critical response.
GCC Partick, Traffic Management and Parking Controls
Just after we submitted our letter of objection on 09 March, GCC responded to our e-mail of 01 March, to explain why, even though contraflow cycling on one-way streets is one of their policies, as confirmed by the recently issued Glasgow Strategic Plan for Cycling, it can’t yet be implemented! The full text of the e-mail exchange may be seen here: Partick – email exchange 01 and 09 March 16
GCC propose in their TRO, which closes today, 09 March 2016, to control parking, such as seen in this photo, in the residential streets of Partick. However, their plans also include making many streets one-way, which could well increase traffic speeds and not exempting cycling. This is in contradiction to the guidance in Cycling by Design, the design guide that the City Council uses. we have thus submitted this letter, praising the controls on parking but objecting to the restrictions on cycling: GoBike Partick
Glasgow, Thornliebank, Waiting and Loading Restrictions
This, and the next 2 consultation documents may currently be seen at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18127 Please respond to the Council if you have views on these proposals.
GCC propose welcome waiting and loading restrictions on Kyleakin Road, but propose to remove existing restrictions opposite a road junction. Our letter, approving the increases, which are primarily at road junctions, but questioning the relaxation, is here: GoBike Kyleakin Road
Glasgow, Gartloch Road, reduction in speed limit
The City Council propose to reduce the speed limit on a section of Gartloch Road from the national speed limit of 60 to 40mph, a move which we welcome: GoBike Gartloch Road
GCC have now moved the bus lane in this section of Fastlink from the outer to the nearside lane and also allowed cycles and taxis to use the lane; a very sensible and welcome move. Hopefully cycles will soon be able to legally use all the Fastlink lanes: GoBike Fastlink Whitefield Road to Elder Street
Glasgow City Centre, Union Street
Glasgow City Council propose changes for Union Street and the adjacent streets, which may be seen here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18127 Our main points of concern about the proposals are the removal of the westbound contraflow lane under the Hielanman’s Umbrella on Argyle Street and the substitution of a detour via Midland Street, but outstanding is the omission to bring cycling into Union Street and to make Union Street more pedestrian and cycle friendly. Our letter responding to the Traffic Regulation Order is here: GoBike City Centre Union Street and our alternative proposal, with a two-way segregated cycle lane on the west side of Union Street is here: TRO opportunity
North Knightswood and Temple Area, Glasgow
GCC propose to restrict parking and loading in this area, particularly at the junction of Priory Road and Knightscliffe Avenue. How parking and loading may even be countenanced at junctions is surprising but the restriction on it is welcome. The consultation may currently be seen at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4216 and our response is: GoBike North Knightswood and Temple support
During 2015 we have responded to the following local authority consultations:
“Quiet Route”, Queens Park, Langside Road to Muirend
Restrictions on parking and junction changes are proposed on the streets on this route, to encourage cycling. Unfortunately the proposals do nothing to address the local accident hotspots of the Monument Roundabout the junction near the Victoria Infirmary. Our letter of approval with comments: Queens Park Langside Road Muirend comment 15Dec15
Glasgow, Dowanhill, 20mph speed limit
This TRO proposes a 20mph speed limit for Dowanhill which we support and want extended to most of the city: GoBike Dowanhill Approval and Comment
Details of this, and the Polmadie Road consultation may be seen at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4216
Glasgow, Polmadie Road via Shawfield to Biggar Street
A 30mph speed limit is proposed for these roads, some of which currently have no limit! GoBike Polmadie Road to Biggar St Approval
Glasgow City Centre, Mandatory 20mph speed limit
This proposal for which consultation closes 30 November, is very worthy of support, for many reasons, including those given in our letter: GoBike Glasgow Mandatory 20mph Support
Improved bus access to the QEUH, ie the Southern General
Glasgow City Council propose to reduce on-street parking and make some other moves to facilitate bus access to the new hospital in Govan. The 2 current proposals are for Berryknowes Road and the area including Manse Brae, both on the south side of the city. We support both these proposals apart from the closing off of Manse Brae at its junction with Carmunnock Road with no apparent through way for cycles: Go Bike Berryknowes ApprovalGo Bike Manse Brae comment & objection
Glasgow City Council, Clyde Place, proposed segregated cycleway
We eventually got a detailed plan, 425040 002 – Preliminary Design Clyde Place from the City Council, which has allayed most of our concerns and we have thus submitted this letter of comment, Go Bike Clyde Place comment to the Council. We now await construction!
Glasgow City Council have issued a Traffic Regulation Order for a 2-way segregated cycle way on Clyde Place, with a Plan and Notice. However, there is insufficient information for us to provide a full response, although we do welcome a 2-way segregated cycle way. We have thus requested more information; you can see our Go Bike Clyde Place request here. One of our concerns is the lack of clarity about the link into the Tradeston Route that is currently being constructed. The consultation closes on 21 September.
Glasgow City Council, Peninver Drive and Burghead Road, (near north-bound Clyde Cycle Tunnel) Govan, proposal for one-way driving.
GCC propose to make Burghead Road (pictured) and Peninver Drive (to the right from Burghead Road and adjacent to Lidl) both one-way for motorists. For Peninver Drive a two-way segregated cycleway was proposed last year, but no contraflow arrangement has been proposed for Burghead Road. We have no objection to roads being made one-way but we do object to cycling being included; an adequate contraflow arrangement should be made, as set out in our letter to GCC:
Glasgow City Council, Shieldhall Road, speed limit reduction to 30mph
While we welcome the proposed reduction in the speed limit past this iconic building from 40mph to 30, we are concerned that nothing is proposed for the roundabouts at either end of this road. Our analysis of publicly available accident data shows that there are more accidents at these two roundabouts than on the road inbetween. We have thus submitted the attached letter and diagrams:
Glasgow City Council, Redetermination of east footway, Finnieston Street
We were alerted to this proposal by 2 Community Councils. Following the installation of the gyratory road system at the Hydro, cycling north on Finnieston Street is difficult, to put it mildly. GCC propose to make the east footway available to cyclists as well as pedestrians; there just isn’t room. This proposal repeats part of one were consulted on last November, thus we have sent 2 letters. We have the support of the local Community Council and the Green Councillor for the area with our objection.
Glasgow City Council Pacific Quay, Festival Gate Traffic Regulation, No Parking, No Loading
We approve this restriction on parking and loading: Go Bike Pacific Quay Festival Gate 15 June 2015
Glasgow City Council, Mandatory 20mph zones, 4D, Drumoyne and Mansewood
We approve this, although we wish to see a 20mph limit for most of the city and an end to expensive, hard-to-maintain road humps. Go Bike Response Mand 20 Drumoyne and Mansewood 15 June 2015
Glasgow City Council, Mandatory 20mph Zones, 4B, Anniesland and Knightswood
GCC continue their patchwork of 20mph zones with traffic calming. While we welcome this speed reduction in residential areas, we consider, in the light of this week’s approval of the GoBike 20mph petition, that no new traffic calming is necessary.
Glasgow City Council, Colleges Cycle Route Consultation 2014, response from the Council
We have now received this final response. Remember that our objection was based on the proposals being inadequate, the published drawings did NOT show that parking was to be banned in the cycle lanes and the cycle lanes were not continuous. GCC’s interpretation of “a modern standard” does not, from the information we have, tally with any of the design guides we are aware of. And yes, Phil is related to Frank!
“MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF PHIL MCAVEETY, DESIGN GROUP MANAGER, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES on 05 May 2015
Dear Sir / Madam
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your correspondence regarding the above order and apologise for the delay in replying.
As you may be aware, the main intention of the proposed traffic regulation order was to prevent vehicles from parking in the cycle lanes, thereby leaving the cycle lanes unobstructed for use by cyclists. Upgrading the cycle lanes to a modern standard would then have followed.
Whilst support for the scheme was received, unfortunately, as a result of objections received from members of the public, community councils, traders and a local cycle campaign group, the decision has been made not to pursue the proposed order for the time being. The Council recognises that there was substantial concern regarding the need to park in the area. Consequently, plans to improve the cycle route will be held in abeyance until plans for improving the management of parking are brough2t forward, since the incentive of improved parking management may resolve many of the concerns previously expressed during the consultation. This is scheduled for 2016/17.
A separate TRO has been promoted by the LES Traffic Section for the loading bay at 70-82 Hyndland Road, since this is not related to the upgrade of Colleges Cycle Route.
Notwithstanding the above, the Council will carry out an assessment of the cycle route to identify what minor improvements that can be made during the interim period.I trust this is of assistance and again thank you for your correspondence.
Phil McAveety, Design Manager, Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow – UK Council of the Year 2015″
Glasgow City Council, Barrhead Road Footway Redetermination Order
On October 28 last year (see below) GoBike submitted an objection to the proposed Newlands to Silverburn Route. GCC have now published an order to consult on works, already underway, to resurface the footway on Barrhead Road and redetermine it for both cycle and pedestrian use. We have submitted a partial objection on the grounds that dropped kerbs have not been installed at 2 redundant crossings of the path. Comments close on Monday 20 April – you have time to add your voice! Please do, if you have concerns. GCC’s planning proposals are given here
Glasgow City Council, Montrose Street (City Centre) Footway Redetermination Order
GoBike submitted a late response to this consultation to redetermine the footway outside the Marriage Suite on Montrose Street (at the back of the City Chambers) as dual use for pedestrians and cyclists – in both directions. Our letter is here: Go Bike Montrose Street April 2015
Glasgow City Council (Queens Park Area) Footway Redetermination Order
It is proposed, with consultation closing on 06 March, to redetermine the footways adjacent to Queens Park on Pollokshaws Road and Langside Avenue for the use of cyclists as well as pedestrians. This seems unnecessary to us since full cycle lanes are required for the full length of the A77 and anyone who doesn’t wish to cycle on the road around Queens Park may already cycle through the Park. We have thus objected to the proposal:
On 30 June we received this response: GCC response, 30 June, to GoBike objection, 05 March 2015 to Queens Park footway redetermination This appears to be in strong contradiction to the aims of the draft of Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling 2015 – 2025 currently out for consultation!
Glasgow City Council (Yorkhill) – (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order 2015
We were given a wee bit of (free) legal advice against appealing to the Court of Session – massive costs both for us and the City Council (which, of course, those of us living in Glasgow would also pay for). We have thus written to Councillors Watson, Kerr and McAveety, alerting them to our concern and also giving them the news that civil action has been taken against other local authorities in Scotland where incidents have occurred as a result of failure to comply with the Traffic Signs Manual.
Glasgow City Council Napiershall Street/ Maryhill Road, junction changes – update
GCC have responded promptly to our comment and objection – see below – and we have withdrawn our objection.
Glasgow City Council (Yorkhill) – (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order 2015
We were alerted to this (closed) consultation by one of our supporters, whose objection was rejected. We have considered the proposals and, although late in the day, we have also submitted an objection. In addition, however, we have appealed against the Council’s decision to the Court of Session. This is the first time, we think, that GoBike has taken such action, and we have taken it not because the City Council are changing the parking regime and not even because they propose to allow contraflow cycling (which we welcome) but because they propose to do this with NO SIGNAGE OR LANE MARKINGS! Details of a Court of Session appeal are given in Clause 41.24 of a very legal document; we hope we have done it correctly!
Glasgow City Council: Paisley Road West, changes at junction with Tweedsmuir Road and Cardonald Place Road.
GCC propose to install traffic lights at this junction and introduce a contraflow cycle lane on Cardonald Place Road. Their proposals may be seen on the Council website here
We have responded with general approval of the changes but have proposed additional measures that will improve safety for cyclists:
Glasgow City Council Napiershall Street/ Maryhill Road, junction changes
We have commented favourably on most of these proposals which may be seen on the GCC website However, we have concerns about the introduction of parking at one location and have objected to this part of the proposals.
Glasgow City Council Kennishead Road (30mph speed limit) (amendment) order
The City Council propose to extend the current 30mph zone 450m east of Boydstone Road, see here for details. We approve of this and would even like the speed limit to be extended as far as the junction with Barrhead Road.
Glasgow City Council (Colleges Cycle Route) Traffic Regulation Order: GCC response to our submission of 29 September 2014.
On 27 January 2015 we received an e-mail response to our objection to the changes, submitted on 29 September last year. We considered the response and have maintained significant parts of our response, replying, within the short timescale given, of 04 February.
During 2014 we responded to the following local authority consultations:
Glasgow New Southern General Hospital: Meiklewood Road
On 17 December we received a letter and drawing about proposed parking restrictions and cycling on Meiklewood Road, which is near the new hospital but not an obvious route to get there:
We responded on 31 December with this query and we await clarification:
Clarification was later received and there were no grounds to continue discussion.
Glasgow Dowanhill and Byres Road (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order.
Further to the Objection we submitted on 18 September, on 17 December we received this response:
Finding this less than satisfactory, we maintained our objection to most of the points in a reply on 31 December 2014:
Network Rail, Queen Street Station redevelopment Stage 2
The Stage 2 proposals for Queen Street may be seen here Further to the Go Bike submission at Stage 1 further bike stands are to be included, with further space set aside for possible future cycle use, but in our submission for this final stage we still press for substantial facilities for cycles to bring us up to European standards.
GCC Bus, Taxi and Cycle Lane Review
Go Bike and other groups have been asked to review proposals (attached) to standardise bus lane operation times, with 3 options proposed: peak time only, day time only or 24/7. The latter is the Go Bike preference and our reasons are stated in our submission.
GCC proposals for Anderston to Finnieston Cycle Route Enhancements
Glasgow City Council recently issued proposals to “enhance” cycle routes in the Finnieston/SECC area to Go Bike and other cycle interest groups. The proposals include an upgrade to a path on the north side of the expressway, which is welcome, the shared use of the footway on the east side of Finnieston Street by both cyclists and pedestrians, which does not meet the design standard and moving the sign outside the Hilton Garden Inn a short distance. The proposals and the Go Bike response are both attached.
Proposed Newlands to Silverburn Cycling & Walking Route
Glasgow City Council, as per Go Bike information last month, propose to construct a cycling and walking route linking the Silverburn shopping area to the A77 at Newlands. Go Bike members have considered these plans and while the widening of the footway along Barrhead Road is to be welcomed (although on-road segregated lanes would be preferred) we do object to the council’s failure to address the Auldhouse Roundabout, which would also benefit the Pollokshaws Streamline Proposals to which we objected in August this year.
East Dunbartonshire Council A81, Milngavie, cycle proposals
East Dunbartonshire Council propose the installation of segregated cycle lanes from Milngavie towards the boundary with Glasgow on an incremental basis. Go Bike have submitted comments.
Glasgow City Council (Colleges Cycle Route) Traffic Regulation Order.
Glasgow City Council aim with this Order to improve the Colleges Cycle Route from Highburgh Road through to Jordanhill. Unfortunately, the cycle lanes proposed are at the absolute minimum width of 1.5m, kerbside parking is permitted for most of the route, with the door opening zone at the absolute minimum width of 0.5m and there is no cycle lane at all westbound through the junction at the top of Clarence Drive and down past Hyndland Secondary School.
Glasgow Dowanhill and Byres Road (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order. Glasgow City Council propose to significantly increase on-street parking, introduce one-way streets for motor vehicles, but with contraflow cycling allowed in this area. Contraflow cycling on one-way streets is widely accepted as good practice but the Order gives no detail of signage, allows parking on both sides of the streets rather than one, allows parking too close to road junctions and is being done, as far as we know with no reference to a city-wide policy. Go Bike has thus submitted an objection, on 18 September 2014.
Glasgow Pollokshaws Streamline consultation.
Glasgow City Council propose to upgrade the bus route along Pollokshaws Road, but have failed to take account of their policies and good practice with regard to cycling. Go Bike submitted its objection on 28 August 2014.
Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment, Stage 1 consultation. Network Rail propose to redevelop Glasgow Queen Street Station in conjunction with the extension of the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre and the construction of longer platforms and electrification to allow quieter and longer trains. Two Go Bike members met with Network Rail and we submitted our proposals to include a cycle hub, as per ATOC’s cycle-rail toolkit and other improvements on 18 May 2014.
Glasgow City Centre Transport Strategy: these proposals, as they affect cycling, were discussed at the Go Bike public meeting on 12 March 2014. If implemented, they have the potential to improve the city centre environment and Go Bike submitted comments on 30 April 2014.
Glasgow Fastlink Bus Proposals Elder Street to Moss Road. This scheme will establish bus-only bus lanes for a fast link bus from the city centre to the new Southern General Hospital, relegating cycles from the relative safety of a shared bus lane to either sharing a lane with all other traffic, using a footway or a circuitous diversion. Go Bike objected to this section of the scheme on 27 March 2014.
Glasgow Hillhead Traffic Management and Parking Controls. While not in the headline changes, Glasgow City Council proposed to introduce contraflow cycling, which if introduced properly would be a boon to cyclists and cycling. Unfortunately, that was far from the case with these proposals and Go Bike submitted an objection on 08 March 2014.
Glasgow City Parks consultation; this was a controversial consultation from Glasgow City Council, which led to the creation of a Facebook page of its own, Save Glasgow Park Life Go Bike submitted comments/objection on 12 February 2014.