Also hear about how you can get involved in our highly successful Councillor Tours, and how you can help us respond to the current deluge of consultations we are involved in that have an impact on cycling around our area.
After the presentation, we will have workshops to identify the campaigns that GoBike should be focusing over the coming year.
Oh yes, and there will be cake.
Insert Loved One Here #ILOH
Cycle Desire Network Map
Friends of South City Way & SCW Breakfast
Space for People Byres Road
Paint is not Protection
14:30 Workshop 1 – Identify New Campaigns
15:15 Campaign Vote & Cake
15:30 Workshop 2 – Planning Top Voted Campaigns
16:15 Summing Up and Next Steps
If you haven’t already booked your place on the Call for Action day please go to Eventbright via the button below:
Come along to the GoBike, Strathclyde Cycle Campaigns Call for Action day, where we will be showcasing our recent campaigning activity and successes and find out how you can get involved, as well as shape our current campaigns:
Our Byres Road Cycle Lanes Campaign
Friends of South City Way
Friends of Bears Way
The day is aimed at people in the Greater Glasgow area who are looking to push things forward for cycling in the city and beyond. It will provide attendees the opportunity to meet, discuss and collaborate with other like-minded members and volunteers.
If you have a passion for helping make Glasgow and surrounds a healthier, happier and more pleasant place to get about, our Call for Action Day is the essential cycling date of the summer. Book your place now – tickets to this exciting campaigning event are free but limited.
As cycle campaigners, it is often the bad and dangerous, or more often than not, the lack of cycling infrastructure that we shout about. However, there is also some infrastructure around that we actually really do like, and would love to see more of.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain updated their Insert Loved One Here image creator, to enable people to show their love for genuinely good cycling infrastructure. Here in Glasgow, we decided to take make this physical, and had some stencils created with a love heart and the #iloh hashtag. An intrepid group of GoBike volunteers took to the rather chilly streets on the evening of the 13th of February, so that Glasgow could wake up the next morning to find a little bit of cycling infrastructure love. Here, we show you the bits we chose and why.
St Andrews Street
We are suckers for a good bit of contra flow cycling infrastructure, and St Andrews Street is a good illustration, providing a very pleasant back drop for a photo. It is a part of the East City Way, and a legacy from the Commonwealth Games. There are issues at either end, but overall this is a good, short piece of protected cycling infrastructure, deserving of some love and replication across the city.
This relatively new section of cycle path along Clyde Street provides a more direct route when crossing at the Victoria Bridge. It has removed a pinch point along the shared use pavement, which had been narrowed due to traffic lights. A welcome addition to the NCN7.
Not loved by all, this received its heart for two reasons:
1. What could be, if it was extended in both directions
2. A peaceful refuge after Jamaica Street and before Eglington Street
Clyde Place Advanced Start Light (ASL)
We are not big fans of Advance Stop Lines, as these very often bring cyclists into conflict with motor vehicles. However, we really do like the Advance Start Light at Clyde Place which helps to reduce this conflict. Our photo doesn’t fully do this justice – a video would have shown this in all its glory – but it is a lovely sight to behold when at the head of a towering line of motor traffic. We look forward to seeing more of these in the future.
South City Way
The chalk paint we used is pretty resilient, and so anyone who cycled along here on Valentines Day, or during the following couple of weeks, would have seen that the South City Way got a lot of love from us. The route itself is generally well designed, although as always, there could be improvements, particularly on the maintenance front. The lanes also demonstrate some great features that can be replicated all over the city:
South City Way – Clyde Place
A text book bi-directional protected cycle lane, that enables contra flow cycling along Clyde Place. Part of the beauty of this is that rather than take away from the wide path or landscaping along Clyde Place, a section of the road has been given over to the cycle lane. Much love and much use from a number of our GoBike committee members in their every day trips.
South City Way – West Street
Two of our favourite pieces of South City Way infrastructure, the hand rail/foot rest and the diagonal crossing. The hand rails along the route, seen widely in Copenhagen, are a work of genius, as not only do they allow you to keep your feet on the pedals, but they also put you in the correct place for the sensor to pick you up, causing the light to turn green.
The cycle only diagonal crossing has its own traffic light phase. Rather than having to cross two arms of the junction, this direct route gets cyclists to the West Street junction much quicker.
South City Way – A8
This stretch, which takes you all the way to the Quayside, is a good example of linking different cultural and entertainment centres within Glasgow, reducing the need for cars to take people on short journeys. This is key to a people-centric transport network. If only this continued along Paisley Road West!
North Street under Kingston Bridge
Those who came to the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain’s AGM in Glasgow last October, were taken on an Infrastructure Safari. During this, a new piece of infrastructure was christened the “Glasgow Kerb”. These are found where a dropped kerb has not been dropped enough to sit flush with the tarmac it leads to, and in most places are still raised from it by around an 2.5cm (an inch in old money). These are uncomfortable to cycle over, and to other users such as parents with prams, or those in wheel chairs, they can be difficult to ramp up. We highlighted this area under the Kingston Bridge because old “Glasgow Kerbs” found here have now been improved to be made flush with the road crossing. A small but very important infrastructure change.
West City Way – Bridge to Nowhere Entrance
This almost didn’t get the love, as we are in February, and leaves have still not been cleared properly from here – really Glasgow City Council? However, as an important junction, and with the cycle counter in the background, a debate was won to persuade us to give it one heart.
Bridge to Nowhere
There is something really satisfying about cycling over this bridge at rush hour, with all the cars at a stand still below, although we would recommend doing this when there is a reasonable breeze to dissipate all the fumes.
This is a fitting end to our evening of love. Although there has been a general focus on some of the big cycle infrastructure projects, when we say big, they are still minuscule in comparison to road infrastructure projects. It is often the small things that can make a difference to every day cycling.
The new dropped kerbs on Reidvale Street will now enable permeability along the street for cyclists, providing a quieter route from Duke Street to Bellgrove Train Station. These little things can mean a lot to many of the people who use these routes.
Our evening of tagging has hopefully shown our councils what quality cycling infrastructure should look like, and that it can be delivered. We hope to see many more examples of this in the future, and look forward to undertaking a similar exercise on Sauchiehall Street and Victoria Road, when those new schemes are completed.
We would also hope that the examples of dangerous infrastructure in the last blog post are upgraded to include some of the features outlined here.
So that’s all from our adventures taking Insert Loved One Here to the streets of Glasgow… for now.
Armed with bright orange spray chalk and some laser cut stencils, two teams adventured on their bikes to the roads of Glasgow.
Tonights aim was to highlight some sections of infrastructure we have that are not just bad but are actually dangerous. Here’s a run down of some of the areas we tagged.
The Howard Street contraflow cycle lane highlights the inadequacy of painted cycle lanes. Running adjacent to St Enoch Square, behind the centre, there are often cars parked within the lanes, despite double yellow no-parking lines, and the unbroken white (enforcable) cycle lane line. When cars park here, people on bikes are forced to cycle into oncoming traffic on the one way street.
Unless drivers respect infrastructure provided for other road users, only cycle lanes that are segregated and protected with a kerb or other measure to keep cars out, can be accepted.
Ironically, and to perfectly highlight the issue, just after we had finished tagging this location, a taxi drew up and parked on top of it.
Our only non-road tagging: The shared use path, part of the National Cycle Network Route NCN7, comes to a very dangerous pinch point as you head west after King George V Bridge. The path was narrowed at this point for the entrance to the Bus on Fast Link lanes that run along the Broomielaw. The brick wall for the car park also creates a blind corner, which adds to the danger of pedestrians and cyclists colliding at the corner.
Not originally on our list, but when we passed we had to tag this. The Advance Stop Line lead-in lane goes between the two lanes, which are almost always occupied by taxis and or buses. This is a very hostile environment even for the most hardened of cyclists.
None of us in this tagging team were actually aware that this was the correct way of entering this cycle lane in the middle of Cambridge Street.
The entrance is narrowed by a bollard that then leads you on to an area strewn with broken glass.
However once you get past the glass, the cycle lane doesn’t get any better.
Cyclists are then taken along a section of painted cycle lane between the traffic, coming in both directions on either side, or in the case of the taxi the following night, right over the top of the cycle lane.
This cycle lane abruptly stops, shortly after traffic signals, leading anyone on a bike straight into a bus lane to the left and the carriage way to the right.
Cycle lanes painted in door zones are a common sight to all, but this one is so tight that the door zone area is probably wider than the cycle lane. Anyone travelling on a bike and taking the safe line out of the door zone is forced into the road, and often subject to aggression from motorists failing to understand why the cyclists is not in the cycle lane.
A cycle lane leads you up to the notoriously dangerous roundabout at Eastwood Toll and abruptly disappears. As so many cars cross into this lane, the paint has been worn away, and cyclists are forced into the stream of traffic approaching the roundabout, creating difficulty in taking the lane ahead of the oncoming maneauver.
To highlight this, just after we finished tagging this, a bus trundled right over the top of our tag.
After the traffic lights, and adjacent to the exit of University Gardens, the cycle lane abruptly stops, to be suddenly replaced by car parking.
The Hyndland Road/Highburgh Road “Colleges Route”’ painted bike path has a number of classic dangerous features including:
Cars Parked in it
A section painted in the door zone
It seems fitting to end such a motley display of cycling infrastructure with Clarence Drive. This has all the same issues as Highburgh Road, the galling thing being that the car parking issue could have been resolved, had planned parking restrictions been approved.
Cycle lanes must be protected and segregated. Anything less results in an environment that at best, is off-putting to cyclists, but, unfortunately more often than not, is down right dangerous to people choosing the bike for active travel.
GoBike members have been busy out on the streets this week using chalk to highlight dangerous infrastructure and showing their love for the good cycling infrastructure we have in and around Glasgow.
Insert Loved One Here #iloh is a Cycling Embassy of Great Britain campaign started last year that used the power of pictures and social media to highlight the dangerous cycling infrastructure that exists around the UK. When the Embassy held their AGM in Glasgow last September, GoBike asked whether they could take things one step further with a physical campaign which led to twelve dangerous locations being tagged across Glasgow last week.
The discussion we had on that September day also led to the recognition that we need to acknowledge when local authorities do good work, and so we decided we would also highlight some good examples, to show what we would like to see more of.
As a result, and to coincide with Valentines day, we have created the #iloh heart, and last night we love bombed the locations that we think are actually really good. These range from dropped kerbs, which though simple, can have a massive impact upon permeability, and enable cycling along direct routes, to much of the South City Way, with it’s dual lane segregated cycle infrastructure, and it’s diagonal cycle crossing traffic light.
Look out for two more blog posts coming soon, where we will explain why we tagged some infrastructure as dangerous, and why we really like the ones we love bombed. We’d like to say a big thank you to Bike For Good for helping us out with some of the materials.
If you see any of our tags out on the street please take a picture and share it on social media with the #iloh hashtag. You can also get involved by adding the #iloh heart to an image of cycling infrastructure you love. Also search the hashtag #iloh on social media to see more tagged examples from across the country.
So tomorrow is the day we take a photo on Ingram Street for #HowMuchSpace. Below is a rough schedule for the morning. It is going to be a very fluid 45 minutes, but hopefully everyone will have a wee bit of a laugh in the process. Ultimately we hope to have an image that shows how much space is needed to move a number of people by car or bikes in a recognisable part of Glasgow.
#HowMuchSpace Very Rough Schedule
10:00 Congregate at GoMA
10:15 Group Photo in Front of GoMA
10:16 Go to “Car” Positions marked out along Ingram Street
10:30 Take “Car” Photo
10:31 All those in “cars” then line up along Ingram Street
10:40 Take bike photo
10:41 Any other cyclist join the line of bikes along Ingram Street
10:43 Take Final Photo
If time, everyone spreads out to fill Ingram Street and Take Final Final Photo
10:45 Depart for the start of HSBC City Ride
Tomorrow should be a good day for being out on a bike in the centre of Glasgow.
It is an iconic image from, the City of Münster, taken in 1991, to show the space required to transport 72 people. It has been copied many times and we want to recreate it for Glasgow, so need your help.
We were inspired by Metro Houston, who tweeted their version during the week.
Hate traffic? Here’s something to think about. Cars take up a lot of space and often they’re carrying only one person. -M pic.twitter.com/pSbcILH68z
Like a solar eclipse, this aligned with this Sunday, 27th August 2017, seeing the HSBC City Ride come to Glasgow. As part of this a number of the city centre roads are to be closed. Including Ingram Street, in front of the Gallery of modern Art (GoMA). What could be a better back drop for a Glasgow version.
So if you are in town on Sunday for the HSBC City Ride, or you are just out and about on your bike, pop along to GoMA at 10:15 to take part in How Much Space! the Glasgow addition.
Do you cycle in Glasgow? Do you care about the future of our cycling infrastructure? Then GlasgowCycleInfraDay is for you.
Friday September 8th sees the campaign returning to our city and with your help we can make this year even more successful.
The idea is a simple one: we use Twitter to record “a day in the life of Glasgow’s cycle lanes”. A look at the good, the bad and the simply absent cycling infrastructure over 24 hours.
Getting involved is even simpler still. Just grab your camera on the 8th. If you see any cycling infrastructure you think is worth recording just take a photo and Tweet it with this year’s hashtag – #GlasgowCycleInfraDay17. Say where it is and why you’re including it, and you’re done.
Not going to be cycling on September 8th? That’s okay – you don’t have to be on a bike to take part, you only need to be in and around Glasgow.
And don’t worry if you don’t have Twitter. You can email your pictures to CycleInfraDay@gmail.com and we’ll anonymously Tweet them for you (remember to tell us in your email where you took them and why).
Once all the pictures are in they will be collated and presented to the Council to highlight where they’re letting us down and, just as important, what they’re getting right. We’ll also be letting each councillor see what’s going on in their ward.
The more pictures we show them the more likely they are to understand what the city needs and push for change. So spread the word… and remember your camera on September 8th.