On Saturday 04 October about 40 people, including 4 Go Bike members and representatives of pro-cycling groups from all over Scotland (at least from as far afield as Aberdeen and Dumfries) came together at the Sustrans offices in Edinburgh to resolve:
How we work together constructively.
Do we need a common manifesto for the 2016 Holyrood elections?
The answer to the second question was a resounding YES and we are now determined to work together to produce a manifesto aimed at getting more people to use bikes, and getting our elected representatives to take this on board.
If you wish to take an active role in this, please contact Go Bike.
The City Council have a laudable aim to improve the Colleges Cycle Route from Highburgh Road through to Jordan hill. However, there is a notable gap in the cycle lane provision from Hyndland Road into Clarence Drive, parking is still to be allowed on cycle lanes and cycle lanes have been designed to the absolute minimum width, not even the desirable minimum. Thus Go Bike has discussed the proposals and has submitted an Objection, which you can see here
If you wish to comment or submit an objection then please base your submission on this, if you wish. If you are objecting to the proposals then clearly state that it is an objection. Submissions close on Monday 13 October.
Glasgow City Council propose to increase parking in the Dowanhill and Byres Road area, introduce one-way streets to accommodate this and allow contraflow cycling. Contraflow cycling is something Go Bike aspires to for one-way streets but GCC’s order and their drawing give no indication of signage, allow parking on both sides of streets, allow parking far too close to junctions and give no indication as to whether this is a localised policy or one that will be extended to cover the whole city.
Go Bike has thus submitted an objection to the proposals, which may be found here
If you live in the area, cycle through it or have concerns about these proposals we urge you to comment to the City Council. The closing date is Friday 26 September and, if you wish to object, please state clearly that your submission is an objection. You are welcome to use the Go Bike letter as a guide.
2pm – 3.30pm GMT, Wednesday 1 October 2014, online webinar
An essential webinar for local authority professionals and community leaders and campaigners considering or progressing 20mph limits in their area, to make walking and cycling safer and more appealing.
We have been told by our colleagues in England, where 20mph zones are regularly mandatory, about this webinar. Should be worth watching.
Further to Douglas’s messages please make sure you are at the fountain outside the Peoples’ Palace for 07:30 tomorrow, ie ready to leave from there at 07:30. We then need to move through to the departure point to leave there before 08:00.
The weather forecast is good – it should be a good day!