Consultation Digest Issue 27, 05 February 2019: University Avenue and Bears Way under threat, no cycle lanes for Union Street, Glasgow, but a wee bit of good news as well.

We’ve got wind of potentially terrible news for University Avenue, and in other bad news, the Bears Way cycle route through Bearsden is under ongoing attack, with the latest move by East Dunbartonshire Council to extend car parking at Milngavie Station, rather than extend the Bears Way. It needs its friends back.
In other news Glasgow City Council have rejected yet another plea for northbound cycling on Union Street, but read on for more news, some of it good.


Section 1: Current Consultations
  1. Scottish Law Commission Automated Vehicles consultation, closes 08 February
  2. Glasgow Strategic Development Frameworks for the River Clyde and Govan Partick, close 08 February
  3. **NEW** South Lanarkshire Council, East Kilbride Active Travel Survey, closes 10 February
  4. East Dunbartonshire Council, Local Development Plan, closes 11 February
  5. **NEW – ish**! East Dunbartonshire Council, Local Transport Strategy: Transport Options Report consultation, closes 11 February
  6. **NEW** Glasgow City Council, Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West Mandatory 20mph Speed Limit Zone, closes 15 February
  7. **NEW** Glasgow City Council Budget Consultation, on-line, closes 15 February
  8. **NEW** Connecting Woodside Phase 2 Consultation Events
Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations
  1. University Avenue, Glasgow, in connection with redevelopment of the University site
Section 3: Consultation Feedback
  1. East Dunbartonshire meeting, 30 January (postponed from 24 January)
  2. Glasgow South City Way consultation event, 31 January
  3. Glasgow City Centre Traffic Management Order Bus Priority (Union Street etc)
  4. East Dunbartonshire Council, Maxwell Avenue Traffic Calming
  5. Water Row Masterplan / Govan – Newsletter No.2 – January 2019
  6. **NEW** Review feature – look who reads these Digests!

Section 1: Current Consultations, in date order for response

1.1 Scottish Law Commission Automated Vehicles consultation, closes 08 February

Yes, this is a “user-in-charge” of an automated vehicle, not a tired driver pulled up to rest. We first mentioned this consultation in Digest 24 Item 1.6. The Consultation Document is here and our letter of response is here:
We are particularly concerned about this consultation because, taking our clause references from the Summary Document, here are some of the responses in our letter:

  • 1.3 states that “The key objective is safety” yet there is no mention at all of cycles of any type and the first mention of people walking in the street is in 9.6.
  • 5.14 states that you propose no mandatory training for users-in-charge of these vehicles, yet you accept that a user-in-charge might be checking emails. Drivers of standard vehicles are regularly to be seen on their mobile phone or are otherwise distracted from the task of driving. How would an observer distinguish between the two?
  • 5.15 – 5.18 In these clauses you question the need for an Accident Investigation Branch. Such a body is most definitely required in our view and should investigate all road traffic accidents of a serious nature, and all incidents involving automated vehicles. Road Traffic Accidents occur daily on the roads of the UK, causing death and injury and all attempts should be made to reduce these incidents.
  • 7.14 You accept that speeding offences may still occur. One of the main justifications for reducing the default speed limit in our towns and cities from 30 to 20mph is that road deaths and injuries are reduced in number and severity at lower speeds.
  • 7.18 You tentatively (my emphasis) propose that it should be a criminal offence for a user-in-charge not to hold a driving licence, plus you go on to list 5 other misdemeanours for consultation as to whether or not they should be a criminal offence. This is an astonishing dereliction of duty. Road deaths and injuries are everyday occurrences in the UK and yet you pose the question as to whether someone completely unfit to drive could be a user-in-charge.
  • 9.6 This is the first mention of human interaction with people outside the automated vehicle but then you ask whether there are circumstances where automated vehicles may mount the pavement or exceed the speed limit. Again, this is astonishing; you appear to have no cognisance of the death and injury caused to people who are walking or cycling by vehicles that mount the pavement and/or exceed the legal speed limit.

If you have comments you may email them in to

In our letter of response, we also quote from an article that was in the Herald recently and a Christian Wolmar article in the current CyclingUK magazine. It’s short notice now but do email in your views if you can.

1.2 Glasgow Strategic Development Frameworks (SDFs) for the River Clyde and Govan Partick, close 08 February

Here is our excellent and very detailed response to the Govan Partick SDF, written by our committee member, Brenda. It’s a very thorough analysis – let’s hope Glasgow City Council take note of it! If you wish to use any of the content of either letter in your response, please do.

Brenda has also written another excellent response, this time to the River Clyde SDF, and it is here . If you are so minded do please write in to support our views. These high-level documents set the stage for what comes next.

1.3 **NEW** South Lanarkshire Council, East Kilbride Active Travel Survey, closes 10 February

GoBike member, Derek Y, has alerted us to the news that South Lanarkshire Council have now opened consultation around East Kilbride, with a Survey and Placecheck map, (similar to the Woodside consultation)

This isn’t just for East Kilbride residents, as this invitation from the website details “If you live, work, do business or travel in East Kilbride, please get involved.” No doubt if you have ever cycled through East Kilbride, you will have found it a difficult place to navigate, so do complete the short survey. Questions are based round the three main locations you go to and then the options cater for most views.

1.4 East Dunbartonshire Council, Local Development Plan, closes 11 February

Late in the day, we have realised that this is a high level document and thus we have concentrated our response on the detailed Transport Options Report, see Item 1.5 below.

1.5 **NEW – ish**! East Dunbartonshire Council, Local Transport Strategy: Transport Options Report consultation, closes 11 February

This came in almost unnoticed, as an add-on to the Local Development Plan, and was only uncovered when GoBike members Richard and Tricia, were preparing for a meeting with East Dunbartonshire staff, which took place in Kirkintilloch on Wednesday 30 January. This is the link to the consultation. Richard and Tricia had a very productive meeting with the Acting Team Leader Traffic & Transport and the Transport Policy Officer. We are all very aware of the level of opposition there was to the Bears Way project and the support for private transport in the more affluent areas of East Dunbartonshire. Our response, which is here, does not shy away, though, from putting the active travel case. We have quite a few members in East Dunbartonshire, and many people from Glasgow and other areas cycle out to the area but many more feel the roads are too busy – do please let East Dunbartonshire Council know what you think by next Monday.

1.6 **NEW** Glasgow City Council, Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West Mandatory 20mph Speed Limit Zone, closes 15 February

Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West were brought into the City’s restricted parking zones in 2017 and there was great disquiet because streets were made one-way with no exemption for bikes. Not surprisingly, as most of us know, one-way streets increase traffic speed, and so traffic speeds in this area are now over 20mph. Addressing this with a 20mph zone is very welcome.

Here’s the email that we received on 28 January:

Dear Sir / Madam  
The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  
Please find enclosed a copy of the notice of the proposed Order, relevant maps, statement of reasons and detailed report. It is recommended that the Mandatory 20mph Zone is implemented alongside the proposed Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) for Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West areas, together which are anticipated to improve parking, encourage walking and cycling, and enhance the general well being of the area. Details of the proposals are available on the Glasgow City Council website at from Friday 25 January 2019. As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the ground for objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Director of Operations, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to by 15 February 2019.    

Yours faithfully  

Andy Waddell
Director of Operations, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability”

Here are the documents that were sent:

And here is our reply to the City Council, expressing support, but asking for the default policy of contraflow cycle lanes to be introduced to this area.

1.7 **NEW** Glasgow City Council Budget Consultation, on-line, closes 15 February

Here’s one that we were alerted to on Twitter: Glasgow City Council will set its budget for 2019/2020 on 21st February 2019 and they wish to take our views into account. This is the link to the Consultations section of the GCC website:
and here is the link to the survey itself:

There are just 2 questions, so there’s no reason not to respond!

  1. Do you have any other priorities to add to those previously identified, particularly any gaps?
  2. Do you have any other savings or income generating ideas to add to those previously identified?

You might wish to raise priorities such as active travel and ensuring that footways/pavements, cycle routes and bus routes are gritted before other roads as well as income generation ideas, such as congestion charging, and parking charges all day every day except for those who through disability can’t walk, cycle or use public transport. Don’t forget a workplace parking tax levy and on the spot fines for traffic infringements. No doubt you can think of many more ways the City Council could raise money, while improving all things sustainable.

1.8 Connecting Woodside Phase 2 Consultations, events on 11 and 19 February, with responses on the Commonplace Map closing 03 March.

Here’s the message posted on Feb 4th 2019 by The Connecting Woodside Project Team:
The next round of consultation for Connecting Woodside is now underway!

This time, we are asking you about proposed improvements to North Woodside Road along with St George’s Road and Charing Cross (from West Princes Street to Sauchiehall Street).

We have a range of ideas to improve both streets for people walking and cycling, including traffic calming and junction improvements on North Woodside Road and a segregated cycleway on St George’s Road – come along for a cup of tea and a chat to find out more and have your say.

Did you come along in June last year and give your feedback about Garscube Road and North Woodside Road’s junction with Hopehill Road and Maryhill Road? Come and see how the designs have progressed based on your feedback.

The project team are going to be at:

· Windsor Halls (just off Maryhill Road) on Monday 11th February, 3-7pm, focusing on North Woodside Road

· Woodside Library (St George’s Road) on Tuesday 19th February, 3-7pm, focusing on St Georges Road and Charing Cross

Information on North Woodside Road and St George’s Road will be available at both consultations, so feel free to drop into either one.

Can’t come along to either event? Then you can view all the consultation materials here, and you can leave your comments on our Commonplace map here by Sunday 3rd March 2019.

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what you have to say about the next stage of this exciting project!”

Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations

2.1 University Avenue, Glasgow, in connection with redevelopment of the University site

Unfortunately this is not about improvements to the Colleges Route – remember that – from the city past the university and right out to Jordanhill College? No, this is about changes that are proposed as part of the redevelopment of the University incorporating the Western Infirmary site. There have been lots of rumours about University Avenue and so GoBike went to the people who know, ie Glasgow City Council to ask what is going on, and here’s the reply:

Further to your e-mail of 27 January 2019, the University of Glasgow have developed plans to revised the traffic management arrangements on both University Avenue and University Place as part of their wider redevelopment masterplan.

The proposals are for University Avenue to remain two way but with reduced parking and wider footways. I understand that on-road cycle lanes are be accommodated on the uphill side of the road but not on the downhill side due to physical constraints. It is also proposed to close of the vehicle access at the crest of University Avenue and create a wider pedestrian crossing. Vehicles will access the campus via the former Western Infirmary access on Dumbarton Road. Existing bus stops will be retained but relocated to suit the available space.

University Place will remain accessible to pedestrians and cyclists but only authorised University traffic will be able to traverse from the adopted section, off Byres Road, to the private section at University Avenue. Parking in the adopted section will be reduced to six or seven disabled spaces with a loading bay on the north side. Existing residential access will be maintained.

With regard to Public Consultation, DRS colleagues advise that planning approval was given on 29th October 2018. For your information the planning application reference for these works is 18/02000/MSC, the application can be viewed on the e-planning portal here.

The University still have to promote a new Traffic Regulation Order to facilitate the changes to waiting and loading regulations, which will give you an opportunity to comment on the proposals.

Hope this is of assistance.
Kind Regards

Andrew Brown
Group Manager (Sustainable Transport)”

GoBike completely missed the Planning Application, but we will be looking out for the Traffic Regulation Order. Just what can the “physical constraints” be at a university with a major park and residential properties nearby, that mean cycle traffic can not be robustly provided for? Considering how this will link in with plans for Byres Road, why was there not a consultation beyond the vague visualisations shown several years ago? How can it be possible to not only NOT improve cycling provision around a university with its student population, but to actually REMOVE some of the existing not great provision, and replace it with nothing? We are livid about what we have seen in the plans and will be investigating.

Section 3: Consultation Feedback

3.1 East Dunbartonshire meeting, 30 January (postponed from 24 January)

The discussion from this productive meeting is covered in Item 1.4, along with our response to the Transport Options Report.

3.2 Glasgow South City Way consultation event, 31 January
Bridgegate looking west.

GoBike members went along to this event last week, you can see the plans and some images here . The junctions at the Clutha pub and the south end of King Street have posed some design challenges, and we would suggest that option 1 at the Clutha Junction would be less likely to cause conflict at crossing phases.

There are some things the City Council needs to iron out on Bridgegate/Kings Street junction near the railway bridge, where space is very tight. Due to the car park on Kings Street, they feel they need to keep the two lanes of traffic going north on Kings Street. At the drop in, Sustrans had displayed an alternative suggestion to the existing “shared space” suggestion the council have put forward for this junction, that keeps people on bikes and people on foot visually separated, and we would lend support to this option. We would hope to avoid designs that use shared space at such tight junctions.

There was some opposition from some local residents to the loss of car parking on Bridgegate, despite there being a large car park just across the street and car ownership in this part of the city centre being only 25%! Our continued support for this scheme is going to be important.

Bridgegate looking north

GoBike expressed concern at this event about the treatment of side roads on these new cycle routes, not just on the South City Way but on others. The view is that when the adjacent road is continuous, cycle routes MUST also be continuous across side roads. If this isn’t the case people cycling are slowed down too much and the route loses it’s effectiveness. To remain safe it does need to be made clear to motorists that their stop/give way line is before the cycle lane.

3.3 Glasgow City Centre Traffic Management Order Bus Priority (Union Street etc)

You may remember that we publicised Glasgow City Council’s Traffic Management Order in Digest 22, item 1.5 back in November and we included our response in that Digest too. We have now heard back from the Council. Here’s their disappointing but not entirely unexpected reply that came in on 30 January:


Thank you for your correspondence regarding the above named Traffic Regulation Order on behalf of Go Bike.
Your general support for the scheme is welcome and your suggestion on improvements which could be made is noted.
With regard to West Nile Street the intention is that this will form a north / south cycle route through the City Centre. This aspiration is included in the current City Centre Transport Strategy and will be progressed once funding becomes available.  It will be considered as part of the on going re-emphasis away from streets dominated by private cars to being more attractive for pedestrians and sustainable transport. In the meantime the removal of general parking spaces and replacement with disabled spaces should reduce the volume of vehicles looking for a parking space.  
As previously advised the possibility of introducing a two way cycle route on Jamaica Street and Union Street has been investigated and is not being taken forward currently due to issues servicing the commercial premises on these streets and the negative effect it would have on the reliability and journey times of buses using this key public transport corridor.

Once again thank you for your comment with regard to these proposals I shall write to you again and advise of the outcome.

Yours sincerely

Andy Waddell
Director of Operations”

So there is some good news in there about West Nile Street, but the refusal to have good cycle connections to Central Station is deeply disappointing.

3.4 East Dunbartonshire Council, Maxwell Avenue Traffic Calming

GoBike supports the proposal to introduce traffic calming and extend the 20mph speed limit both on Maxwell Avenue and to the surrounding residential area. We have though, asked that the 750mm cycle bypass at each road hump is increased to 1200mm. Here’s the letter of support that we sent to East Dunbartonshire Council.

3.5 Water Row Masterplan / Govan – Newsletter No.2 – January 2019

GoBike member, Alasdair, alerted us to this newsletter. We replied to the Govan Water Row consultation in May last year and it’s good to keep up with progress. Here’s the email that was sent:


The Water Row Masterplan was published today. Find out more about the exciting plans here.

Download the Water Row Masterplan:

Download the Water Row Newsletter January 2019.

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Regards, Jacqui

Jacqueline Telford |Business Support Officer
Central Govan Action Plan and Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative”

3.6 **NEW** Review feature – look who reads these Digests!

Good to end on a high point! We’ll have another Digest for you in a couple of weeks.