There’s news from Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire as well as items from Glasgow, including a Glasgow University public meeting, covering University Avenue and a failure to acknowledge a dimension error, if you get to the very last item, in this wide-ranging mix of cycling interest. Do read on.
Section 1: Current Consultations
- Glasgow, George Square – is it time for change, closes TOMORROW, 30 October
- Glasgow, Dalmarnock West, Commuter Parking restrictions, closes FRIDAY, 01 November
- **NEW** South Lanarkshire, Filtering Silvertonhill Avenue, Snap Survey, closes?
- **NEW** Dundee, Low Emission Zone, closes?
- **NEW** Glasgow, Sighthill, Mandatory 20 mph Speed Limit Zone Order, closes 11 November
- East Dunbartonshire, Draft Local Transport Strategy, closes 12 November
- **NEW** Glasgow, Queen Margaret Drive cycle lanes, closes 15 November
- **NEW** East Dunbartonshire, Proposed Traffic Regulation Order – A81 Milngavie Road & A81 Maryhill Road Redetermination of passage to be by Pedal Cycle and foot only, closes 02 December
- **NEW** Law Commission Highly Automated Road Passenger Services, HARPS, public consultation, closes 16 January 2020
Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations
- East Dunbartonshire, Draft Local Transport Strategy, public consultation event TOMORROW, 30 October
- Glasgow, University of Glasgow Campus Development Programme – public meeting, 15 November – plus more disruption on University Avenue!
- Glasgow, Skirving Street and Deanston Drive, place-making, 21 November
Section 3: Consultation Feedback
- East Dunbartonshire, Proposed Traffic Regulation Order – Killermont Avenue, Rannoch Drive and Woodvale Avenue
- North Lanarkshire, Work to start on Horsley Brae junction improvements
- Scotland’s National Transport Strategy consultation: GoBike submission
- Glasgow, Planning Application for 48 homes, Beith Street, Partick
- East Dunbartonshire Council: LDP Newsletter No.54
- Glasgow, Winter Gritting Arrangements, now to include some cycle lanes
- Glasgow City Council (Glencairn Drive) Traffic calming scheme
Section 1: Current Consultations in date order for responses
1.1 Glasgow, George Square – is it time for change, closes TOMORROW, 30 October
We detailed this short survey in Digest 45, Item 1.5, so do please look at it before the survey closes tomorrow. It’s just a short survey with lots of views already in supporting the removal of motor traffic. Do add to this!
1.2 Glasgow, Dalmarnock West, Commuter Parking restrictions, closes FRIDAY, 01 November
This was a new item in Digest 45 – see Item 1.6, where we have detailed the parking chaos to the west of Dalmarnock Station across to the Police Scotland offices, which even spreads to the other side of the river at Shawfield. Here’s the letter GoBike sent in 2 weeks ago – do please add your support.
1.3 **NEW** South Lanarkshire, Filtering Silvertonhill Avenue, Snap Survey, closes?
Here’s a drawing of the proposal to close the through route from Silvertonhill Avenue to Chestnut Crescent in Hamilton to motor vehicles, but maintain two-way cycle access. Here’s the information that GoBike member, Derek Y, sent in:
” South Lanarkshire Council have proposed a filter at bottom/north of Silvertonhill Avenue with cycle access. This cuts down through traffic on residential streets and makes it easier for children to cross to Woodside Primary School west of Johnstone Road. A shame it keeps 1-way at north without cycle contraflow – you might wish to suggest this in your response to the Survey (with plans on p2) at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157053578908 “
Derek had tried to improve even further on permeability for cycling in this area so if you know this part of Hamilton do please advise South Lanarkshire Council of what more could be done – there’s a space in the survey to add comments.
This is just the sort of thing that we’d love to see more of all over the Greater Glasgow and Strathclyde area as modal filters make local areas nicer by discouraging rat-running, short journeys by car more unattractive and provide alternatives for people travelling by bicycle.
There’s no apparent closing date for the survey so do respond to it quickly. It’s really easy and very short.
1.4 **NEW** Dundee, Low Emission Zone, closes?
This is another quick survey that we have heard about from Friends of the Earth, but there is no indication of a closing date. You might only cycle in Dundee on your hols or travel to the city to visit the V&A or the Discovery but surely you will want the air to be as clean as it can be?
Here’s the email received on 24 October from FoE:
” Everyone who lives, works or visits Dundee city centre is being exposed to dangerous air pollution. The Council has a plan that will do little to change that. That’s why we need everyone in Scotland to speak up.
Dundee Council are asking for the public’s views on their Low Emission Zone (LEZ) plans. We have provided a step-by-step guide that will help you respond quickly and effectively. Click to take action
A Low Emission Zone should restrict the worst polluting vehicles and protect the health of people who live and work in the area. But Dundee’s LEZ plans are a tiny zone which ignores Lochee Road – consistently one of the most polluted roads in the whole of Scotland!
This Zone needs to improve air quality for anyone who spends time in Dundee and that means making sure it cleans up the most polluted areas.
The First Minister, and many councils, have declared a climate emergency. But we’re still seeing business-as-usual ideas. Climate emissions from transport are the same now as they were in 1990.
There is an opportunity for Dundee to show real leadership and move away from fossil fuelled vehicles. If Dundee Council hear from enough people demanding more ambition, they will have to pay attention.
Please take a few minutes to respond to the consultation now “
I found the various option pictures a wee bit confusing so the FoE guidance was a big help.
Do respond to this quick survey and let’s get Low Emission Zones in all Scotland’s cities.
1.5 **NEW** Glasgow, Sighthill, Mandatory 20 mph Speed Limit Zone Order, closes 11 November
Sighthill redevelopment continues and Glasgow City Council is looking to introduce a 20mph speed limit for the area. Here’s the email that we received on 21 October:
MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF CHRISTINE FRANCIS, HEAD OF TECHNICAL SERVICES, NEIGHBOURHOODS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Dear Sir / Madam
THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (SIGHTHILL), (MANDATORY 20mph SPEED LIMIT ZONE) ORDER 201_
The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order and I wish to establish the preliminary views of your organisation prior to the publication of these proposals.
Background to the proposed Order
Glasgow City Council are proposing to implement a mandatory 20mph speed limit in Sighthill.
The purpose of the Mandatory 20mph Zone is to ensure that vehicle users reduce their speeds to 20mph or less, and therefore improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and all other vehicle users. By turn, it is anticipated that this will encourage more people to walk and cycle, which will naturally see improved health benefits.
Area affected by the proposed Order
The roads affected by these proposals are bounded by:-
The order will affect the residential area generally bounded by St. Rollox Drive to the north, Springburn Road to the east. The M8 motorway to the south and the railway line to the west.
The roads affected by the proposals are:
Cuddies, Campus Place, Fountainwell Drive, Fountainwell Gardens, Fountainwell Groove, Fountainwell Road, Hopepark Wynd, Hopepark Court, Huntingdon Street, Huntingdon Road, Huntingdon Close, Huttons Drive, Pinkston Road, Pinkston Drive, Pinkston Wynd, Sighthill Avenue, Sighthill Circus, Sighthill Park Gate, Sighthill Park Terrace, Stalk Court, Tower Place.
Details of the proposed Order
The proposed Order (as depicted on the attached plans) will comprise of:-
· The implementation of a 20mph speed limit.
Please provide any comments you wish to make on these proposals within 21 days (reply by 11th November 2019).
In the meantime, should you require any further information or clarification on any points arising from the proposals, do not hesitate to contact my assistant (name and phone number removed by GoBike)
Should the Council proceed with these proposals; a copy of the Notice of the proposed Order will be forwarded to you intimating an opportunity to lodge any objections to the proposals.
Christine Francis, Head of Technical Services, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability“
The plan mentioned above is here.
GoBike will be supporting this proposal, probably the first time such a large area has been covered by a 20mph TRO, our only concern being how compliance will be ensured. If you live in Sighthill or travel through there please do add your support to this move; Sighthill is a residential area where children, and everybody else, should be able to move about without fear of being mowed down by a motor vehicle going too fast.
1.6 East Dunbartonshire, Draft Local Transport Strategy, closes 12 November
This consultation was featured in Digest 45, Item 1.7 and there is now just one Consultation Event left to go to – and that’s tomorrow!
Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre – Wednesday 30 October – 3pm-7pm
If you can get there please do, and send any views to email@example.com so that we can include them in our response.
1.7 **NEW** Glasgow, Queen Margaret Drive cycle lanes, closes 15 November
Work on the proposals initiated by local businesses was unfortunately postponed when concerns were raised about the initial proposals for Byres Road, but GoBike received this email on 18 October:
MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF CHRISTINE FRANCIS, HEAD OF TECHNICAL SERVICES, NEIGHBOURHOODS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Dear Sir or Madam,
THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (QUEEN MARGARET DRIVE), (TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 201_
The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.
Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant plan (drawing 5126-001 A), statement of reasons and detailed report.
A copy of the draft order, the plan, statement of reasons and report for proposing to make the order are available for inspection at the following locations:
· Reception, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX
· Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP
Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro .
As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Christine Francis, Head of Technical Services, Exchange House, Glasgow City Council, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or to Christine Francis by e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15 November 2019.
Christine Francis, Head of Technical Services, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability”
We have already, 28 October, submitted a clear GoBike response , written by Calum, but the main proposals, from the City Council, which you might wish to read before you read the GoBike view are given in the report and are repeated here:
“The proposed Order (as depicted on the attached plans) will comprise of:-
- Removal of parking and extension of the existing ‘No waiting, no loading at any time’ restrictions on the West kerbline of Queen Margaret Drive between Clouston Street and Kelbourne Street.
- Proposed segregated two-way cycleway on West footway of Queen Margaret Drive between Hamilton Drive and the existing bus stop located approximately 175m north of Hotspur Street.
- Existing bus stops to be retained.
- Existing loading bays to be retained.
- Existing taxi rank, on East kerbline of Queen Margaret Drive, to be retained.
- Removal of the existing bus lane on Queen Margaret drive from a point approximately 40m North of Kelbourne Street for a distance of approximately 220m north to accommodate a two-way segregated cycleway. “
While the proposals will improve things for people cycling on Queen Margaret Drive, we have found that issues we have highlighted on other schemes are repeated here. This is worrying but we have made clear our concerns in our submission.
1. 8 **NEW** East Dunbartonshire, Proposed Traffic Regulation Order – A81 Milngavie Road & A81 Maryhill Road Redetermination of passage to be by Pedal Cycle and foot only, closes 02 December
Here’s the email that we received from East Dunbartonshire Council on 23 October:
“The East Dunbartonshire Council (A81 Milngavie Road and A81 Maryhill Road, Bearsden)(Redetermination Of Means Of Passage To Be By Pedal Cycle And Foot Only) Order.
The Council is promoting the above mentioned Traffic Regulation Order. Enclosed is a copy of the draft Order together with a copy of the plan indicating the locations of the footways and Statement of Reasons for the proposal. Also enclosed is a copy of the Notice that is to appear in the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald that is published on 1st November 2019. Should you wish to comment on the proposal you must do so in writing by Monday, 2 December 2019. Your comments should be sent to Chief Solicitor & Monitoring Officer, 12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch, G66 1TJ. (See attached file: 191022 Draft Redetermination Order Cluny Park area.pdf)
Fiona Stirling, Legal Services, 12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch, G66 1TJ”
Here’s a further copy of the document from East Dunbartonshire Council, which includes a copy of the plan and the redetermination proposal.
This proposal is very near to the area where GoBike has supported the earlier proposal, see Digest 45, Item 1.2, to introduce parking and loading restrictions at the south end of Rannoch Drive.
It appears to be a move to ameliorate potential collisions and near misses at the junction of the A81 and the Switchback, by allowing people to cycle on the footway. It would have been better all round if the extension south of the Bears Way had been built.
GoBike will be submitting a response but if you do have views please get them to us, by emailing email@example.com
1.9 **NEW** Law Commission Highly Automated Road Passenger Services, HARPS, public consultation, closes 16 January 2020
Here’s an interesting email that we received on 16 October from the UK Law Commission:
We are pleased to announce the publication of the second consultation paper in our three-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for automated vehicles. This launches a three-month public consultation.
This paper looks at the regulation of self-driving vehicles which could travel empty or only with passengers, without a human driver or user-in-charge. We focus on self-driving vehicles providing mobility services to the public, which we refer to as Highly Automated Road Passenger Services, HARPS. Today’s paper builds on the work in our first consultation on safety assurance and allocating legal responsibility.
We invite you to respond to the paper by 16 January 2020. We have set up an online portal for submitting responses but welcome input in any format. If you have ideas for consultation events or would like a meeting please get in touch.
The consultation paper, summary and details for how to respond are available on our project page at https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/automated-vehicles/
Automated Vehicles Team – Law Commissions
Automated Vehicles | Law Commission | Public Law Team
1st Floor, Tower, Post Point 1.54, 52 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AG“
We weren’t too impressed with the first consultation on this topic, see Digest 27, Item 1.1
The banner picture above is from their email so they do acknowledge that these driverless vehicles will be operating near people walking or cycling. We’ll be conferring with other organisations as to their views, but if you have any do let us know.
Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations
2.1 East Dunbartonshire, Draft Local Transport Strategy, public consultation TOMORROW, 30 October
This event, tomorrow, mentioned also in Item 1.6 above, is the last in a series of public meetings about the Local Transport Strategy:
Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre – Wednesday 30 October – 3pm-7pm
Do please get there if you can.
2.2 Glasgow, University of Glasgow Campus Development Programme – public meeting, 15 November – plus more disruption on University Avenue!
GoBike member, Derek M, told us about this meeting that might just be of interest? Here’s the email he forwarded to us:
“From: Internal Communications <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 22 October 2019 at 12:50:48 BST
To: Internal Communications <email@example.com>
Subject:University of Glasgow Campus Development Programme – public meeting
The University of Glasgow will hold a public meeting on Wednesday 13 November to update about progress on its Campus Development Programme.
The event will be held in the Wolfson Medical Building (Gannochy Room), from 18:30 – 20:00. You can register to attend through Eventbrite.
The meeting is open to the public and will focus on the ongoing and upcoming work taking place on the Gilmorehill campus, particularly on the site of the former Western Infirmary.
The agenda includes presentations from University project managers, as well as construction partners.
We intend to update on the following areas, however there will also be the opportunity for questions.
- Infrastructure on University Avenue, University Place, and future demolitions along Church Street;
- Construction update for the James McCune Smith Learning Hub and the Research Hub;
- Overview of planning and final design for the Clarice Pears Building (Institute of Health & Wellbeing);
- Planning and anticipated programme for the Adam Smith Business School and landscaping for the Southern Gateway;
- A look inside the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, the Research Hub, including community facilities;
- Community benefits;
Due to a busy agenda, please note the event will start at 18:30 prompt. Refreshments are available in the Atrium of the Wolfson Medical School Building from 18:00.
Tickets are not required, however attendees are encouraged to register, so that we have an indication of numbers.
For those who have attended these meeting before, the Gannochy Room is next to the lecture theatre where the sessions are usually held.
Please direct queries to firstname.lastname@example.org“
Item 1 could keep the discussion going for quite a while! Do get along if you are studying or working at the university or if you have been involved in the campaign for good cycle infrastructure on University Avenue.
PLUS, just in case you don’t find negotiating University Avenue traumatic enough, here’s news of services works, that we received on 26 October:
“I’m writing to let you know we will shortly be starting our project to upgrade the gas network in University Avenue, Glasgow. This essential work involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply.
Following discussions with Glasgow City Council our project will start on Monday 4 November and last approximately ten weeks. We’ll be carrying out the work over two phases to help minimise disruption.
Each phase is described below.
Phase one – approximately five weeks
On Monday 4 November, we’ll begin working in University Avenue between Kelvin Way and Hillhead Street. During this phase, most of our work will be taking place on the footpath however, cycle lanes may be closed to allow pedestrian access.
Phase two – approximately five weeks
From Monday 6 January 2020, we’ll be working in University Avenue between Hillhead Street and University Gardens. During this phase, we’ll also be installing temporary three-way traffic lights in University Avenue at its junction with Hillhead Street. The lights will be manually controlled during peak hours to help minimise inconvenience as much as possible.We’ll be posting regular updates on our website https://one.network/?112401221 and using social media and traffic bulletins to keep residents and motorists informed.
Please feel free to share this information with your stakeholders and anyone else who may be impacted by our work.
one.networkone.networkOne platform to plan, monitor, communicate and analyse traffic disruptions.”
No mention of temporary cycle lanes or cycle phases in the temporary traffic lights, but good that they will be keeping “motorists informed”!
If you attend the event on the 15th, you might wish to ask about this?
2.3 Glasgow, Skirving Street and Deanston Drive, place-making, 21 November
GoBike member, Alasdair, has told us about this Sustrans event to be held in Shawlands:
3.1 East Dunbartonshire, Proposed Traffic Regulation Order – Killermont Avenue, Rannoch Drive and Woodvale Avenue
GoBike supported moves to prohibit parking and loading around the car showrooms in this area, see our last Digest, Issue 45, Item 1.2 and we have now received this acknowledgement from East Dunbartonshire Council:
“Good morning Tricia
Thank you for responding. A copy of your email with attached letter has been forwarded to the Council’s Roads and Transportation.
Regards Fiona Stirling, Legal Services“
This now appears to be part of moves to improve active travel in this part of Bearsden – see also Item 1.8 above.
3.2 North Lanarkshire, Work to start on Horsley Brae junction improvements
GoBike gets very little information from North Lanarkshire but we doubt that the forthcoming changes to this area make an improvement for cycling. They will certainly speed up northbound through traffic and extend the potential conflict with merging motor traffic southbound. Read on for the message we received on 21 October:
“Work to start at Horsley Brae junction
Work starts from today (21 October) on improvements to the road layout at the A71 Horsley Brae junction with the B7011 Brownlee Road.
North and South Lanarkshire Councils and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) are investing a total of £1.6 million in the project which aims to reduce congestion at the busy junction.
The A71 will be widened to create a right-turn lane northbound, for traffic turning on to Brownlee Road, and a merging lane for traffic travelling south on Brownlee Road and joining the A71.
A contractor JH Civil Engineering Ltd has been appointed to carry out the work, which is expected to take approximately 26 weeks.
Traffic management will be used to allow vehicles to continue using the A71 during the majority of the works, however during certain phases of the proposed works, it is expected that road closures will be necessary. The most effcieint diversion routes will be advised in advance of the closure.
“This is a very busy junction particularly at morning and evening peak times, with traffic queuing to turn right which leads to delays and congestion back to the Garrion Bridge roundabout,” said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.
“By creating a right-turn lane with capacity for approximately 14 cars, we will reduce the queue of northbound cars while the southbound merging lane will improve traffic flow away from the junction.
“Improvements will also be made to pedestrian routes across the junction to make the popular Clyde walkway safer.
“We appreciate that the roadworks will cause delays over the coming months but, when complete, we will see significant improvements in traffic flow and road safety for drivers and pedestrians.”
Information about the project will be on the web site and updates posted on Facebook and Twitter @nlcpeople.
SPT are investing £800,000 in the project with both councils contributing £400,000 each.”
No mention of people cycling there and probably no allowance will be made for bikes during the works – although we live in hope – so do take care if you are out and about in this area.
3.3 Scotland’s National Transport Strategy consultation: GoBike submission
This consultation closed on 23 October – details have been in our last few Digests – and our well-considered submission was sent in on 21 October. Here it is, and we are very grateful to Brenda for giving it so much thought and investigation.
And we received this automatic reply:
“Thank you for submitting your response to the draft National Transport Strategy consultation. An analysis of all responses will be carried out to allow us to shape the Strategy and help us all to achieve better outcomes for Scotland’s citizens, communities and businesses. The results of the consultation will be published on the Transport Scotland website by the end of 2019. Once published, you will be notified by email and an update on the next stage will be provided.
If you have any questions, please contact NTS2@transport.gov.scot“
3.4 Glasgow, Planning Application for 48 homes, Beith Street, Partick
GoBike joined many others in opposing a residential development in the green space shown in this photo, between Beith Street and the Expressway. Our objection was published in Digest 42, Item 3.6 and we have now been sent this message, dated 23 October:
|GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL PLANNING LOCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE|
|APPELLANT:||Clydeside BSW Developments Ltd|
|REVIEW ADDRESS:||Site To The South Of Crawford Street/Rosevale Street/ Beith Street Glasgow|
|REVIEW PROPOSAL:||Erection of residential development (48 units)|
I refer to representations made by you regarding the above application for Planning Permission.
I am writing to advise you that Glasgow Planning Local Review Committee has received a request to review the decision taken by the Appointed Officer under delegated powers.
The Committee will take into account your previous representations during its deliberations. Any further representations you wish to make on the review should be submitted to the address below within 14 days of the date of this letter, quoting the review reference number. A copy of the representations will be sent to the applicant for comment.
Planning Local Review Committee
Development & Regeneration Services
231 George Street
Glasgow, G1 1RX
A review of the case by virtue of Section 43A(8) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) will be conducted by the Council’s Planning Local Review Committee. Details of the date, time and place of the meeting will be forwarded to you as soon as possible after all the relevant information has been received. At that meeting, the Planning Local Review Committee will consider if the review documents provide sufficient information to enable it to determine the review and may determine the review without further procedure.
However, the Committee may determine that the review is to be conducted by one of, or a combination of the following:-
- by means of written submissions
- by the holding of one or more hearing sessions; and
- by means of an inspection of the land to which the review relates
If the Committee decide to hold a hearing you will be contacted again and given the opportunity to attend.
All the documentation relating to the review is available to view online at www.glasgow.gov.uk/onlineplanning.
Please note that parties to a review will be expected to meet their own administration costs.“
Let’s hope that in the face of well over 100 objections that this is the end of the road for such an anti-active-travel proposal that would destroy green space and bring more motor vehicles to this residential street.
3.5 East Dunbartonshire Council: LDP Newsletter No.54
We received East Dunbartonshire’s LDP Newsletter 54 on 17 October with this explanatory email:
“Please find attached the latest newsletter from East Dunbartonshire Council’s Land Planning Policy team. This edition includes details of the following:
Local Development Plan 2 ‘Main Issues Report’ consultation
Draft Local Transport Strategy consultation “
3.6 Glasgow, Winter Gritting Arrangements, now to include some cycle lanes
GoBike’s co-Convenor, John, has been involved in discussions about the gritting of cycle lanes and now GoBike members, Derek M and Alasdair, have sent this link to the arrangements for this coming winter:
Do take care, though, when you are out and about.
3.7 Glasgow City Council (Glencairn Drive) Traffic calming scheme
In Digest 45, Item 3.2 we published the reply sent by Glasgow City Council to our concerns about the proposed traffic calming scheme for Glencairn Drive near Maxwell Park, along with our response.
On 28 October this further reply was received, showing absolutely no acknowledgement of the concern that there appeared to be a mistake on one of their drawings!
“MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF MICHAEL BRADY, GROUP MANAGER – TRAFFIC AND ROAD SAFETY, NEIGHBOURHOODS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Dear Ms Fort
Thank you for your undernoted e-mail, I can advise that your comments will be taken on board for future proposals.
As previously advised, the responsibility for the installation of speed cameras lies with Safety Cameras Scotland, who have their own criteria for the installation of speed cameras, which is stricter than our criteria for the installation of traffic calming.
I trust the above information is of assistance, however, should you require any further information please contact (name and phone number removed by GoBike).
Michael Brady, Group Manager – Traffic and Road Safety, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability
From: Tricia Fort [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 11 October 2019 16:04
To: Mailroom, Land Services (NS) <LandServices.Mailroom@glasgow.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: FW: The Glasgow City Council (Glencairn Drive) Traffic calming scheme – Mail id no 393585
Dear Mr Brady,
Thank you for replying to our letter of 17 September and your response to some of the points made therein. For your reference I attach one of the drawings issued as part of this TRO, which clearly shows a gap of 0.55m between cushion and kerb. The GoBike response was based on this drawing. Will you please issue the correct version of the drawing?
I also attach a screenshot showing a view of the road that shows the setts in the gutter, which do not form an acceptable cycling surface. However, I note your comment about the space between the middle cushions and we have to hope that people will be confident enough to use this gap when they are cycling on this road.
It is unfortunate, in our view, that the City Council does not take a more global view when there are concerns expressed about speeding. Rather than maintain this wide road, and others, as one primarily for motor vehicles we would prefer a move towards streets for people. It is also a curious policy that you continue to spend public money to restrain motor drivers who choose to break speed limits, rather than requesting that speed cameras be installed. Thank you, though for the clarification on speed cameras and the link to the relevant website.
We maintain our support for the reduction of dangerous speeds but object to the proposed method of achieving your aims at this location.
for Consultations, GoBike, Strathclyde Cycle Campaign, www.gobike.org“
A telephone call to the City Council has elicited the information that the drawing issued, with the critical dimension shown above, was incorrect, but who knows what the final as-built arrangement will be?
Almost world-wide news in this edition, but we hope you have found it of interest.