Many of our streets are rapidly changing around us, and with that change brings understandable concern for people running businesses in those areas. We have brought all the current evidence together that we can find, into a useful resource to for you to share with any communities expressing concern over bike lanes coming to their area.
With possible bikelash looming, we are also asking our members to respond to Commonplace consultations on the latest bike lanes such as this one. Your voice could be really important to add balance and stop misinformation from spreading, so thank you!
Our friends at St. Paul’s Youth Forum and On Bikes have been successful in gaining a grant from Sustrans to develop their proposals to drastically improve walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure in the north east of Glasgow. This is brilliant news, but to make it happen, they need your views. In order to progress to the next stage it is important that they gather as much data from everyone that uses the North East – living, working or playing – to find out what the barriers are and what everyone thinks is needed.
As lockdown starts to ease and shops are preparing to reopen, we are seeing a resurgence of Business Improvement Districts lobbying councils to make on-street parking free. This is counter to council plans for widening pavements for social distancing by removing parking. It also goes against all economic evidence, and as traders on Byres Road have also taken up the call, we look at the evidence here, particularly based around Byres Road.
One of our committee members Ali McCay, has written a new post for the Urban Big Data Centre. This sets out clearly how we can go about creating temporary cycle facilities during lockdown, and outlines exactly why there is an urgent need for creating spaces for people to walk cycle and wheel during the Covid-19 crisis.
Please be aware that as of now the orange expressway flyover bridge from the SEC to Minerva Street has closed to people walking and cycling, as the SEC has taken on its temporary use as a hospital. There are suggested pedestrian and cycling diversions in place as follows:
** CORRECT AS OF SATURDAY 16TH MAY AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE – NEW SERVICES UPDATED DAILY **
Cycling for transport and exercise is currently one of the essential things getting us through the Covid-19 crisis and GoBike are really grateful to the people out there helping to keep cycling going in Glasgow and beyond. The government have listed cycle shops as an essential service, and so we wanted to highlight the businesses still up and running, many of whom are offering discounts to our hero key workers, should you need a bike or essential repairs.
We regret to announce that in line with Cycling UK guidance, we have taken the decision to suspend our monthly GoBike rides until further notice.
Current advice does outline that while group rides are not advised, cycling individually is safe. In an open letter sent out on Tuesday to the UK Government, 16 leading academics have outline why “Walking and cycling can be compatible with social distancing if people are responsible.” The World Health Organisation have also given it a green light.
Two different reports have been released this week detailing research on cycling in Scotland. The first, the latest Scottish Transport Statistics (2019) from Transport Scotland, which clearly show that cycling rates continue to remain desperately low, the general cycling modal share of journeys remaining at around 1% for Scotland.
We will head out of Glasgow along the Loch Lomond Railway Path, but only as far as Dumbarton. After the lunch stop there will be a tour around the Dumbarton area to see some of the local attractions, including passing Strathleven House, before returning to Glasgow.
This ride will consist of a circular route into the east of the city, taking in a number of newish developments, as well as a few parks. The furthest extent of the ride will be Robroyston with its new station, and Hogganfield Loch. We will also visit the canal at Hamiltonhill, Sighthill regeneration site, Tollcross Park, the Cuningar Loop park, the Polmadie Bridge, Govanhill Park, and finally end up at the Tradeston Bridge.