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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First GoBike ride of the autumn, Sunday 04 September, to Waterfoot and Thorntonhall.

dual carriageway by Thorntonhall

Yes, it will be September tomorrow, but let’s hope this good weather lasts until the weekend.
We’ll be doing a tour through some very varied parts of the south of the city and its outskirts, with a wee bit of climbing, but back in the city after 20 miles in time for lunch.

View of Castlemilk Dr

Meet at the north end of Bell’s Bridge for 10:00 on Sunday 03 September and see further details of this and forthcoming rides here.

Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 117, 18 August 2022

Manse Rd, Bearsden Streetview

Not so fast.

As the right-wing press talk about speed limits for cyclists, this Digest has half a dozen items about trying to slow down drivers. Two of the traffic calming measures belatedly follow tragedies in East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire. 

Elsewhere, there’s a new area plan for Whiteinch and Scotstoun, to add to ones for the city centre, Woodside and Pollok. There are further traffic orders for East Ayrshire and across Glasgow.

There are also two drop-in events in the city centre this afternoon…

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GoBike ride 07 August – our route

Here’s the up and downy route that Andy took us on last Sunday. The ride started, as per usual, at the north end of Bell’s Bridge and we cycled out via Bellahouston Park and Mosspark, skirted Neilston and arrived at Gleniffer Braes from where we had a superb view of the Clyde Valley to the west of the city, a good place for our break.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 116, 04 August 2022

'Cycle Glasgow' map from Glasgow City Centre Transformation Plan

Putting it all together.

August opens with Cycle to Work Day and plenty of Traffic Orders from Glasgow, East Ayrshire and East Dunbartonshire. There’s analysis of the event for the eastern side of Argyle St, with accessibility issues raised again. Also, a major city centre plan being pushed by GCC (with several emails to GoBike). It has a few surprises which could help connect the city centre. (Tonight’s Digest was delayed by connection and commuting issues –apologies.)

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 115, 21 July 2022

George Square visualisation (option 1, view 3)

New shores, Southside and centre.

There’s a wee jaunt along the coast in this issue – taking in Port Glasgow, Greenock, Prestwick and Ayr. Also, a potential route from Paisley’s (dried up) canal to its town centre. In Glasgow there are Southside surveys and George Sq has gardens galore. Also, East Dunbartonshire Council update on some of their plans.

*Addition* Forthcoming consultations

Events about the ‘Argyle St East’ Avenue (Central Station to Barrowfield Park) are taking place early next week:

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 114, 7 July 2022

Byres Rd plans at University Ave

Holiday time.

After a flurry of consultations since the local elections, things have slowed down for summer holidays. However, there’s an important Order to pave the way for protected bike lanes on Byres Road (hopefully sooner rather than later).

Elsewhere, the City Wharf pre-application closes soon. Consultations on East City Way and East Ren’s guidance are open for a bit longer. Greater Pollok still has months to go, which is handy since the map only has a dozen responses so far. Also, Greenock’s Spaces for People consultation is still open. Added: consultations for Ayr/Prestwick and Battlefield, Glasgow.

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