Colleges Cycle Route: GCC not to upgrade

Clarence drive

Glasgow City Council have now informed objectors to their proposals to “upgrade” the Colleges Cycle Route that they are not currently going to do so.  The full text of their response is shown here: http://www.gobike.org/campaignsconsultations/consultations

Despite the fact that GoBike was represented on a ride out to the route and made our views known, council officers failed to issue plans that showed what they said were their full intentions, failed to make the cycle lanes continuous and declined to discuss the proposals at any of the meetings that GoBike is represented on with the Council.

We hope that they will draw up robust plans to ensure future funding and public approval.

Broadcast on Bikes

Outspoken Bike, Bothwell St May 2015

Please note that other cycle delivery services are available!

Business Scotland on Radio Scotland last weekend: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05std8w – sorry about the delay in posting – had a programme devoted to the business of cycling.  Not only was GoBike member, Charlie, from Outspoken, interviewed, but so was Neil Bilsland of Billy Bilsland

Unfortunately there was no mention of 20mph speed limits or the great advances (not) that our local authorities are making, but it’s worth a listen.

Barrhead Road, Glasgow, footway redetermination

Cowglen exit without dropped curbsBroompark Farm exit without dropped curbs

Glasgow City Council are currently consulting on a Traffic Order to redetermine the footway on Barrhead Road for cyclists to use as well as pedestrians.  Work is already underway to resurface the footway, making it a better surface, better than the adjacent road!  While GoBike has serious concerns about shared use, it is clear that this is the best we will currently get in this location.  However, we have major concerns with 2 locations where dropped kerbs are not being installed and thus we have submitted a partial objection, see: http://www.gobike.org/campaignsconsultations/consultations

Consultation closes on Monday 20 April, so you have a few days left to voice your concern, if you wish.

Further Road Share support!

Green Party Manifesto 2015

Message from Road Share:

“Great to see The Green Party formally advocating the introduction of Presumed Liability in their General Election Manifesto 2015.

 
You can download the full manifesto at https://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto.pdf
 
The attached extract is from p66.”

Going to a Wedding on Montrose Street, Glasgow? Why not cycle right to the door!

Wedding SuiteStreet view

Glasgow City Council have issued a consultation proposal to redetermine the west footway on Montrose Street, just the section at the back of the City Chambers, outside the Ceremony Rooms, to dual use for both pedestrians and cycles.  This is despite the proposal not complying with the design guide we think the council uses and despite it being in contradiction of the City Centre Transport Strategy!  GoBike has submitted an objection, which you may read here

Compliance with the Strategy and the design guide “Cycling by Design” would involve removing private car parking from one side of the street, installing a cycle way  – and, of course, linking this short stretch of cycle way to a cycle route.  No reason has been given for mixing cycles and pedestrians on this short stretch of street.

Temporary Closure: CLYDE WALKWAY, NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE 75. (DALMARNOCK ROAD TO CAIRN CRAIG STREET) 07 April to 30 October 2015

Cuningar Loop

GoBike! has been sent the following information from Glasgow City Council:

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER – CLYDE WALKWAY, NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE 75. (DALMARNOCK ROAD TO CAIRN CRAIG STREET)

TTRO March 2015 (Approved – Signed & Seal)- Cuningar Loop Bridge

In order to accommodate works associated with the construction of the New Foot Bridge across the River Clyde, it will be necessary to close the Clyde Walkway between the unnamed footpath to the east of Dalmarnock Bridge, connecting the walkway & Dalmarnock Road & the unnamed footpath (formerly Cairn Craig Street) connecting the walkway & London Road at the west end of the former Belvedere Hospital site from Tuesday 7th April 2015 until Friday 30th October 2015.

The contract has been awarded to Robertson Construction Group to carry out the works on site.

I have also attached for your reference a copy of location plan (LC1) detailing the closure & associated diversion route. Diversion 2015 – Cuningar

Thanks for your assistance.

If you require any further details relating to this closure, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Regards

Martin Duffy

Technical Services – Design (Structures)

Land & Environmental Services

Glasgow City Council

Exchange House

231 George Street

Glasgow G1 1RX

Phone: –  0141 287 9478

Email:-  m.duffy@glasgow.gov.uk

www.glasgow.gov.uk

High profile support for Cycling and 20mph – more please!

Bike and green light

From Cycling Scotland, in the Herald Agenda item today: http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/it-is-time-for-politicians-to-get-on-their-bikes-for-the-general-election-as-ther.121182149

From GoBike member, Bob Downie, in a letter to the Herald today: http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/letters/answer-is-to-cut-the-speed-limit.121212781

And last but not least, motion to the Scottish Parliament from MSP and GoBike member, Patrick Harvie (and supported by other MSPs) : http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S4M-12588&ResultsPerPage=10.

Let’s keep up the pressure – more letters to the press from all our members and supporters, please!

Petition closed: forward to 20mph in Glasgow?!

fireworks over City Chambers

The GoBike petition for 20mph in Glasgow closed earlier with 214 signatures.  Many thanks to all of you who signed and/or encouraged others to sign.

Not a massive number of signatures but we have had considerable press coverage, including:

  • 2 articles in the Herald at the start of the campaign,
  • 2 letters in today’s Herald,
  • Radio Scotland, Morning Call, interview and discussion,
  • Radio Scotland, John Beattie, interviews and discussion,
  • STV News at 6pm, interviews, feature and film, and
  • Heart FM, interviews and news bulletins this morning.

In addition, we have been given sight of an e-mail sent to all Glasgow City Councillors explaining the Council’s “progress” to 20mph.  We have answered their claims with our open letter and press release issued this morning:

Open Letter re 20mph 17 Mar 15

An excellent campaign, WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Heart Radio, in Glasgow 100.3: 20mph on Tuesday morning

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Bob Downie, author of the GoBike 20mph petition, which closes on Tuesday 17 March at 4:57pm will be on Heart Radio in Glasgow on 100.3FM on Tuesday morning, Listen in to hear him on one or more of the news summaries which are generally broadcast on the hour at 6am, 7am, 8am and 9am.

Still time to sign the petition at: https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/EpetitionHome.aspx?strTab=EPetitions&noip=1