A few consultations in Paisley and Renfrewshire in this issue. Glasgow consult about sustainability and North Lanarkshire about building a new trunk road. A lightshow launches the latest landmark on the Forth & Clyde canal.
A short issue as the festive season approaches. Glasgow is still following up its Spaces for People projects with Traffic Regulation Orders, including Royston Rd and Cambridge St. The latter looks better than last year’s proposed plan but there are still questions about how the council, and its partner agencies, follow guidelines and share information. For example, compare the Cambridge St/Cowcaddens Rd junction in the TRO and Avenues Plus plans. Both Pitt St and Raeberry St TROs and the Avenues Plus consultation finish tomorrow.
There’s an early Christmas present for some tenement dwellers as more Bikehangars are installed in parts of the city.
As I write this post, COP27 in Egypt is well into its second week. Last weekend members of GoBike joined with friends from Pedal on Parliament and other organisations to wave banners emblazoned with the ‘This Machine Fights Climate Change’ slogan during a march through the streets of Edinburgh. We were there with thousands of others to take part in the Day of Global Action for Climate Justice.
Major changes are proposed for Cowcaddens Rd/Dobbie’s Loan (visual of Port Dundas Rd, above). Another Avenues project on Pitt St has a Traffic Regulation Order, as does the East City Way on London Rd. It’s last call for St George’s Rd but more from Connecting Woodside in Glasgow’s TROs.
East Renfrewshire’s Local Action Plans close soon but Balgray Connections is open a bit longer. East Dunbartonshire have extended one consultation and started a major one about the Springburn Rd/Kirkintilloch Rd ‘corridor’. Also, good news from Inverclyde.
A relatively short ride, 18 miles with next to no hills, and travelling over an award-winning bridge!
To celebrate the opening of the new Stockingfield Bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal in Maryhill, which was due to open in September, we will have a tour of the areas around the canal, including the Claypits Nature Reserve and Ruchill, before using the bridge. We will then head to Clydebank along the towpath, to view the Titan Crane, then return into Glasgow along the Loch Lomond cycle path, ending up at Kelvingrove. 18 miles, largely on the flat – so what’s not to like?
We meet at 10:00 hours at the north end of Bell’s Bridge, at the SEC in Glasgow
The latest drop-in event is about Dams to Darnley Country Park and East Renfrewshire’s Balgray Connections project. Today’s event is in Avenue Shopping Centre, Newton Mearns, 11am–3pm (near Costa). Another follows on 2 November, 3pm to 7pm at Barrhead Foundry centre.
Also, it’s decision day at Inverclyde Council for the Spaces for People route in Greenock. Will they follow Renfrewshire and remove it? Or will it get a stay of execution?
A few consultations come to an end over the Hallowe’en weekend – including for North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.
Two drop-in events on today – one for Liveable Neighbourhoods in Dennistoun, Glasgow. The other for a funding bid at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, North Lanarkshire. More events to come for St George’s Rd, Glasgow and in East Renfrewshire for the Clarkston and Eaglesham Local Action Plans.
The most eye-catching plans in this issue are for St George’s Rd and Charing Cross. As part of Connecting Woodside, it’s due to link to the existing route on Garscube Rd.
Two consultations in this issue are second attempts. Both aim to fill a gap in an existing active travel route. Each shows the difficulties getting active travel infrastructure onto residential streets in our towns (but at least there’s infra there to link into).
However, the featured image shows North Lanarkshire’s draft ‘network map’ is just as optimistic about existing routes as some of Glasgow’s early attempts (turquoise lines = ‘existing’, purple = planned). Hopefully they get more realistic, as GCC did (and cut out the typos in station names!).
There are a few new developments in North Ayrshire and repeat showings for Inverclyde and Glasgow’s latest Liveable Neighbourhood projects. Also, another preview of East Renfrewshire’s upcoming drop-in events (now with times added).
Join us on Sunday and find out just where it is, and think back to the days of campaigning for the Bears Way! This ride will head out into the countryside to the north of Glasgow, heading out via Woodside, Possilpark and Bishopbriggs to reach the canal at Cadder, before crossing the River Kelvin to Balmore. From Baldernock, we will continue to Milngavie, and ride the Bears Way path to Hillfoot. After that, we will continue on a mix of major and minor roads to reach the Garscube Estate and Forth & Clyde Canal around lunchtime.
20 miles, one unsealed path, some climbing in the Baldernock area, mostly on road, including Milngavie Road at the end of the Bears Way.
Meet 10am at the north end of Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow. See here for more information on our rides.