Consultation Digest (National) Issue 15, 18 November 2022: The one during COP27.

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.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 123, 10 November 2022

Cowcaddens Rd/Port Dundas Rd junction proposal

Avenues and corridors…

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.

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GoBike November cycle ride, Sunday 06 November

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

It’s worth noting that :

The Stockingfield Bridge project has won the 2022 ICE People’s Choice Award.

The annual award, from the Institution of Civil Engineers, recognises civil engineering projects that have made a positive impact on their local communities.

The £14m two-way spanning, cable-stayed pedestrian and cycling bridge at Stockingfield project took 21 months to complete.

It connects communities on either side of the Forth & Clyde Canal for the first time since 1790.

Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 122, 27 October 2022

Balgray Connections map showing Aurs Rd, Barrhead and Barrhead Rd, Newton Mearns

“It’s in the trees, it’s coming!”*

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.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 121, 13 October 2022

Splitscreen view of Charing-Cross now and proposed plan

Events dear boy, events…

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.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 120, 29 September 2022

Motherwell-Wishaw active travel routes map

On repeat.

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).

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Sunday 02 October, cycle to Baldernock (where’s that?)

Baldernock Loop

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.

Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 119, 15 September 2022

Langside monument

Pause to reflect.

As one event overshadows all others, the recent rush of consultations has stalled. Instead, some of Glasgow’s proposed Traffic Regulation Orders have been made permanent; including four Spaces for People projects.

Next month, consultation events begin for a trio of towns in East Renfrewshire (including the Williamwood area, which has a cycle lane petition).

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 14, 9 Sept 2022: The one after the Programme for Government.

The Scottish Parliament

Summer is over and government is back to work. As Liz Truss was flying back to London after meeting the Queen at Balmoral, Nicola Sturgeon stood up in the Scottish Parliament to unveil her new Programme for Government 2022-23. The cost of living crisis was the theme of the day but cycling priorities haven’t been forgotten.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 118, 1 September 2022

Ruchill St map

Piling up.

As piles of rubbish are hopefully cleared up following the bin strikes, more council plans pile up about improving our streets. Some plans seem to overlap, like the South Central Local Development Framework and parts of the Liveable Neighbourhood for Langside to Toryglen. There’s no clear explanation about that from the city council (maybe worth asking if you respond to those consultations?). Also, some other LNs report back and there are projects like Ruchill St (in featured image, above).

The sheer volume of consultations coming out just now is getting difficult to keep on top of. It also affects how readable the Digest is (and how long it takes to produce).

So, there are changes in this issue – it no longer features every small Traffic Regulation Order as if it’s on a par with large projects covering whole/several neighbourhoods. Instead, the Digest will link to TROs on council websites and only feature notable ones (like the Riverside/Merchant City TRO, below under Glasgow City).

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