Go Bike! Archive News before November 2013

  • A new country park is being developed on the north-east side of Glasgow. Seven Lochs Wetland Park, between Glasgow, Gartcosh and Coatbridge, encompasses almost 20 square kilometres of wetland, woodland, burns, ponds, lochs and meadows in the Bishop’s Estate at Provan Hall and the surrounding area. The Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be Scotland’s largest urban nature park.

    There will be a walk starting from Provan Hall on Saturday 21 September to see the area and explain the plans, as part of Doors Open Day. Further details are available at Doors Open Day.

  •  75  The NCN 75 Clyde Walkway cycle path has closed again at Shawfield and Dalmarnock for work in connection with the construction of the new Smartbridge and Cuningar Bridge. The closures will last until April 2014, The new Smartbridge will be located between the ends of Carstairs Street and Clydeside Road, and there will be a signed diversion will be between Rutherglen Bridge and Cotton Street via the Clyde Gateway, French Street and Swanston Street. Some localised improvement works will be done on the diversion route. The Cuningar Bridge will be located on the east side of Dalmarnock, and the diversion route will be signed via Springfield Road. Map of diversion routes.

  • Bike shops come and go, but of late there seem to have been more opening than closing in Glasgow. Lately, Pronto Gara has opened in Parnie Street and Tokyobike in Osborne Street, both in the Merchant City area, plus Wonder Wheels Bikes has opened its reconditioned vintage and retro bicycles shop in Maryhill Road near St George’s Cross. This is in addition to chain Evans Cycles opening its city centre store, to add to its Braehead store. Best wishes are sent to all concerned!

  • North Lanarkshire Council is developing plans for cycle routes connecting Airdrie, Bellshill, Holytown and Mossend to the key business areas of Eurocentral, Biocity, Newhouse Industrial Estate and Strathclyde Business Park. The council is being assisted by Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV Consultancy, which has experience of designing cycle routes. Staff will be on hand in Airdrie Library on 12 September from 12.30pm to 6.30pm to explain the proposals and listen to comments from residents. The plans will remain in the library until 17 September, before moving to Strathclyde Business Park and the Maxim Office Park/Eurocentral between 11am and 6.30pm on 18 and 19 September respectively, for workers and employers to see.

  •  756  Following completion of work on the Connect2 Anderston Bridge project at Anderston, attention has now turned to the Stobcross Bridge over the Clydeside Expressway. The bridge is to be refurbished and due to the nature of the work the bridge will need to be closed for some time. A diversion route will be signed, but this route is described by Glasgow City Council as “quite onerous”. The refurbishment works will consist of cope and parapet replacement to
    bring the parapet up to standard for cycle users, resurfacing and major landscaping. The bridge will be closed from 10 September 2013 for 22 weeks.

  •  7  We have been advised that the path between the SECC and the Riverside Museum will be closed from 2 September for 6 weeks, for rebuilding work. A diversion route will be signed via the old route of NCN 7, which involves crossing the Clydeside Expressway on the footbridge with steps at the foot of Kelvinhaugh Street. The path that is closing has acted as a de facto routing of NCN 7 ever since the Riverside Museum was opened and the route made useable. The work is being done as part of the wider cycle route improvement works in connection with the Commonwealth Games (see below).

  •  G  The Glasgow to Cumbernauld cycle route is presently blocked at Sighthill due to demolition work. No diversion route signage was evident. We have not been advised how long this closure will last for.

  •  SCSP  Glasgow City Council is proposing to rearrange London Road near The Barras so that there would no longer be a one-way system around a large traffic island. The eastbound carriageway between Charlotte Street and Ross Street would be converted into a conventional two-way road and the current westbound carriageway removed. However the existing cycle track alongside the westbound carriageway would be retained and improved, with a 7 metre wide area available for cycle races going to and from Glasgow Green. Anyone who wishes to object to this has until 23 August to do so.

  •  7  Transport Scotland is proposing to build a bypass for Dalry. This intersects NCN 7 on the outskirts of Dalry, at Highfield, where a new roundabout is to be constructed. Transport Scotland has proposed building a cycle track around one side of this roundabout, with an uncontrolled crossing on the main road. The new section of road will run from the A737 at Easter Highfield to a new roundabout on the A737 near Hillend Farm. A public exhibition of the proposal has been organised at Dalry Primary School for Friday 9 August, between 12 noon and 7:30pm.

  • Road narrowings on Milngavie Road at Hillfoot are under investigation. If you have any information regarding this project, please get in touch.