South Portland St Suspension Bridge Temporary Closure

Permission has been granted to a film company for the closure of South Portland Street Suspension Bridge, on the morning of Tuesday 12th November, between 9am and 12 noon.

The original request was for the closure to begin at 8am, however the council required this to be moved to 9am, with the intention of minimising inconvenience to commuter cyclists.

Please plan an alternative route, Such as Glasgow Bridge or Victoria Bridge, if you were intending to be crossing the Clyde over the Suspension Bridge after 9am.

On a separate note, we in GoBike Towers believe that this is the longest bridge name in Glasgow. If however you can think of another, please send in your answers on the back of a postcard.

GoBike Public Meeting and AGM Agenda

Our 2019 Public Meeting and AGM is only 1 week away, next Saturday, 16th November. This year we are extremely pleased that Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Convener Edinburgh City Council Transport and Environment Committee, will be our Guest Speaker. This will provide us with an opportunity to understand what is being planned for Edinburgh, the issues they are facing and what lesson could be learned for Glasgow.

Please make sure you spread the word that everybody is welcome to attend the whole event. To help us gauge numbers you can book tickets on here.

Click to book your place at the 2019 AGM

The agenda for the afternoon is:

14:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee

14:15 Open AGM
– Co-convenors welcome, apologies, quorum
– Approval of 2018 minutes
– Nominations to the Committee

14:20 Treasurer’s report

14:30 Co-convenors review of the year

14:45 South City Way Campaign – Bob Downie

14:55 Members Motion – Pat Toms
Motion Text:
GoBike is concerned that GCC officers do not act consistently in accordance with council policy on Active Travel – with regards to new inappropriate facilities (South City Way, Sauchiehall Street and elsewhere) and inappropriate approval of a planning application (the recent University development for which there is inappropriate provision for increased traffic on University Avenue).
The council is asked to investigate why there is recurring non-compliance, to identify changes that would ensure compliance and to take appropriate action.
This meeting wishes this motion be presented to the Active Travel Forum, all councillors, be sent to the press with a press release and be sent to Glasgow’s Urbanist, who is being employed by GCC to consider officer skills in part.

15:05 AOB – Cycling for Scotland Event Cancelation – Jimmy Keenan

15:10 Close AGM

Short Comfort Break

15:20 Guest Speaker: Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Convener Edinburgh City Council Transport and Environment Committee

16:00 Q&A Panel Session

16:30 GoBike Public Meeting 2019 Closes

The AGM will be held at Bike for Good’s Community Space at their Victoria Road location.

Winter Maintenance Update

After the extremely dangerous conditions of the cycle paths last winter, we called for action from Glasgow City Council for a drastic reprioritisation of the winter maintenance policy.  We requested a policy that more fairly reflects the right for all people to get around, not just those who have access to a car. 

We are gladdened that the Council not only listened, but have acted upon this, with the announcement of the purchase of a vehicle which will de-ice segregated cycle paths with a salt solution.

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Today is #GlasgowCycleInfraDay19

It’s Friday the 13th September and as well as being unlucky for some it’s…

#GlasgowCycleInfraDay19

So, when on your bike today, as part of your commute, group ride, or just popping down the street for some cake, take a photograph of that piece of infrastructure that you like, as well as one of that makes your heart sink every time you use it or pass it.

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#GlasgowCycleInfraDay19 this Friday

Our annual event to record the Good and Bad cycling infrastructure returns this Friday 13th September. Get your phone out and take photos of all those bits of infrastructure you love, a well as the ones that get under your skin. Then post them online to your favourite social media platform with the hashtag #GlasgowCycleInfraDay19

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GoBike Call For Action Day 2019

The third annual GoBike Call For Action day will be taking place on Saturday the 31st of August, at the Heart of Scotstoun from 10:30 to 16:00.

This year we will be looking at mapping and the collection of data to help us campaign. Focusing on how we use to feedback to the council on consultations and encouraging money to be spent in areas that will give the greatest benefit to those on bikes. This will include looking at:

  • Strategic Cycle Routes
  • Local cycle routes, how to map
  • Key roads for maintenance and pot hole repair
  • Winter maintenance – key routes
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Glasgow University Back-pedals on Climate Emergency

Glasgow University recently became the first University in Scotland to declare a climate emergency, stating “we are affirming our belief that urgent action is needed to tackle climate change.” (1).

However the £1bn campus redevelopment plans have failed to future-proof transport-links around campus. Many staff, students and commuters have been left disappointed by the absence of a safe route for cycling on University Avenue.  Consequently the petition for University Avenue to include such provision has now achieved over 500 signatures (2).

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