Glasgow Cycling Forum

The Glasgow Cycling Forum was formed in 2010 after an approach from GoBike to Bailie Jim McNally, who chaired the Roads & Transportation Committee of Glasgow City Council. The aim was to emulate the Edinburgh Cycle Forum that had been successfully bringing together the local council and cycle user groups. A prompt response was received from Councillor Matt Kerr, who was then Bailie McNally’s depute, but, more importantly, is a keen cyclist, commutes by bike and was, in his teens, a keen racer with Fullarton Wheelers. He chaired the Forum meetings for the early years, occasionally Frank McAveety, after his appointment as “Cycling Csar” took over, but in 2016, after Frank’s appointment as Council Leader, Councillor Martin McElroy became the main focus for cycling in the Council.  Martin often uses his bike.

The Forum had a bumpy start but is now meeting several times per year and has made some progress. Council officials whose remit includes cycling are meeting, often for the first time, at these meetings and the cycle organisations represented includes CTC, Sustrans, Freewheel North and the Glasgow Bike Station as well as GoBike. We are now seeing the start of coordinated policies and an early success has been the introduction of Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists when road surfaces and road markings are renewed in the city.

On 15 April 2016 we issued the following open letter to the City Council asking for updates on:

  • Briefing of the latest Strategic Plan for Cycling to city council staff
  • Implementation of the 20mph speed limit in the city centre
  • Hours of operation of Bus Lanes (consulted on in 2014)
  • Continuation of the policy to install Advanced Stop Lines at traffic light junctions
  • Plus an innovative idea to improve cycling on the Broomielaw.

See: GoBike Open Letter to GCC 150416

At the meeting on 01 September 2014, focusing on the purpose of the forum attendees were asked to submit their responses to Glasgow City Council’s Strategic Plan for Cycling 2010 – 2020.  This ambitious document is featured on the City Council website, here and has as its vision “Cycling will be the biggest participation activity in the city by 2020.”  Despite this, there had been no ongoing discussion of the Plan at the Forum.  GoBike’s response was submitted on Monday 06 October.  It is attached here, with the Forum minute, the Plan and a paper by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

the final document is here: Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling 2015 – 2025

Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling – GoBike Response Oct14

Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling 2010-2020

Strategic arguments for investing in Cycling in Glasgow, GCPH, Sept 2014 update

GCF 01 September 2014

Previous minutes of the Glasgow Cycling Forum (note: there are some recent gaps – minutes to be added) :