Glasgow City Council have, to date, refused to allow a petition calling for a 20mph speed limit to be the norm on the city’s streets on the grounds they are already doing enough! This article in today’s Herald quotes Bob Downie’s (pictured centre) findings that, under their current rate of progress, it will take 37 years to reach the same level as Edinburgh aims to achieve in 3!
It’s an excellent article on page 11 of the Herald, with a taster on page 1. Do read it and do write into the Herald, with a copy to your councillors, expressing your disappointment at this move to prevent us voicing our opinion that we want a healthy, active and safe environment in our city.
We received a reply to our initial objections to the changes proposed to this route on 27 January. We have maintained some of our points of objection but have welcomed the offer to discuss this scheme further with Glasgow City Council. Our response is on our website and may be seen here
Over the past year I have been working with a range of organisations to establish the Glasgow to Barrhead Community Rail Partnership. A Community Rail Partnership is partnership of local organisations and businesses working closely with the railway industry to maximise potential benefits of the location, line and community. This can include enhancing station facilities, improving access (walking, cycling and disabled access) to stations, promoting local attractions to encourage more locals and tourist to access these by train along with any other positive opportunities that would benefit the communities along the line.
Late last year I had discussions with other organisations in and around the south of Glasgow and the concept of a creating a broader Southside Routes Community Rail Partnership has emerged. I would like to hold a meeting on Thursday 19 February from 10.15 to 12.30 to discuss this concept further. The meeting will be held at South West Community Cycles which is based at the Pollokshaw West Train Station. The meeting room is straight off the platform heading out of Glasgow. I will put a sign on the door in the morning.
The main aims of the meeting will be to discuss:
whether we all agree to work together to establish a Southside Routes CRP
what the boundary of a Southside Routes CRP might be (for Barrhead and Neilston to be included it would be roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow Central Station but what other lines should we consider including)
How the CRP might be structured to meet the needs of the local communities (what subgroups of the CRP might there need to be ie station adopters, marketing/promotion, active travel plus other possible working groups)
Please let me know if you are able to attend the meeting. If you are able to attend and would like a ScotRail pass to travel to the meeting please let me know your name, departing station and a postal address to send the pass to by Thursday 12 February to ensure it arrives in time.
I am still developing a list of contacts for this area so there might be others who want to come along to the meeting. If you know of any organisations or groups that might be interested in finding out more about being a part of a Southside Routes Community Rail Partnership please email me their details and I’ll make sure they are invited along.
If you have any questions prior to the meeting please let me know.
Annette Filby, Development Officer – Scotland South, ACoRP
A GoBike member commented on the previous post about Design Guides and wondered about snow clearance policies for segregated cycle routes. Current evidence is not encouraging!
Connect 2 cycle route – usage yesterday, Sunday 18 January. The only tracks over the Anderston Bridge were made by a wheeled suitcase and, although Elderslie Street was gritted, the adjacent cycle route was not.