Cycle Facilities

What types of Cycle Facility are there?

Here we have listed some of the different types of cycle facility that exist, along with examples from the Strathclyde area. Use the Google StreetView links to have a look around at the locality of each facility. If you have any further questions you’d like answered, email them to campaigning@gobike.org.

Glasgow City Council has advised that anyone wanting to suggest small projects for improving cycling, such as new dropped kerbs or signage, should send them in. Email les@glasgow.gov.uk and mark the subject “Cycling Improvements”. Faults should continue to be reported to RALF. Let us know how you get on!

The photos on this page are from the CycleStreets Photomap.

Off-road

Cycle track with separate footway – where cyclists and pedestrians co-exist side by side, but on separate surfaces.

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Location: Erskine Bridge, Erskine.
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Line segregated cycle track and footway – where cyclists and pedestrians co-exist side by side, on the same surface, but with a white line in between.

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Location: Nitshill Road, Glasgow.
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Unsegregated shared use cycle track and footway (roadside) – where cyclists and pedestrians intermingle on the same surface, without any segregation. (See On the origins of shared use)

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Location: Bothwell Road, Hamilton.
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Unsegregated shared use cycle track and footway (away from road) – the classic “cycle path”.

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Location: Larchfield Drive, Rutherglen.
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On-road

Mandatory cycle lane – on road, with solid white line dividing it from the rest of the road. Other vehicles may not enter.

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Location: West Nile Street, Glasgow.
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Advisory cycle lane – on road, with broken white line dividing it from the rest of the road. Other vehicles may enter.

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Location: Cumbernauld Road, Millerston.
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Recommended route for cyclists – on road, with no special facilities for cyclists other than signage. Usually motor traffic will be light.

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Location: Gleniffer Avenue, Glasgow.
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Exemptions from bans

Contaflow cycle lane – on road cycle lane allowing cyclists to proceed in the opposite direction to other traffic on a one-way street.

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Location: Netherlee Road, Glasgow.
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Contraflow cycle track – segregated cycle track allowing cyclists to proceed in the opposite direction to other traffic on a one-way street.

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Location: Hope Street, Glasgow.
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Road closure exempting cycles – where other vehicular traffic is prevented from using a road as a through route, but cyclists are permitted to continue through. Also known as ‘filtered permeability’.

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Location: Claremont Street, Glasgow.
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Banned turn exempting cycles – where other vehicular traffic is prevented from making a specified turn, but cyclists are permitted to do so.

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Location: Alderman Road, Glasgow.
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Traffic Signals

Advance Stop Lines for Cycles – where cyclists get to stop at traffic signals in front of other vehicles, providing better visibility and a head-start.

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Location: University Avenue, Glasgow.
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Cycles Only Traffic Signals – where cyclists get to proceed through a junction at a different time from other vehicular traffic.

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Location: Crow Road, Glasgow.
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Toucan Crossing – a signalised pedestrian and cycle crossing, usually used where a cycle path crosses a main road.

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Location: West Mains Road, East Kilbride.
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Grade-separated Crossings

Foot and Cycle Bridge – a route for pedestrians and cyclists to pass over a main road, railway line or river.

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Location: David Livingstone Memorial Footbridge, Blantyre.
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Underpass – a route for pedestrians and cyclists to pass under a main road or railway line.

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Location: College Street, Dumbarton.
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Steps

Wheeling ramp – allows cycles to be wheeled up the side of steps.

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Location: Motherwell Road, Hamilton.
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Parking

Cycle parking stand – allows cyclists to lock bike to stand in street for free.

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Location: Blythswood Square, Glasgow.
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Cycle locker – enclosed box allowing cycle to be stored with greater security than afforded with a simple stand.

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Location: Rutherglen Railway Station.
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There are many more photos of cycle infrastructure at the CycleStreets Photomap.