Are you aware that the use of cycle rickshaws on the streets of Glasgow and to carry spectators to and from Commonwealth Games venues is under serious threat? They are used extensively in other cities, including Edinburgh, so why not in Glasgow?
At the moment Glasgow City Council is applying taxi testing structures to pedicabs and refusing licenses due to alleged safety concerns. This is despite the fact that for over 4 years rickshaws have been licensed and in service in the city without issue. Apparently the Council has now turned its back on rickshaws for reasons best known to themselves.
9 licence applications have currently been refused and, as a test case, one owner has appealed this refusal, with a court case due to be heard at Glasgow Sheriff court on Monday 06 January. The City Council has now instructed Counsel, ie employed an Advocate, at not inconsiderable expense to council tax payers, to speak in court. To have any chance of success, the appellant now has to do the same, at his own expense.
Owen O’Neill of Evolution Rickshaws has tirelessly campaigned to get rickshaws into use in Glasgow and now your support is needed. The Commonwealth Games, lauded as a “green” games will be in the city next year, but there will be no green public transport to the venues if the case on 06 January fails.
The City Council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee oversees all taxi and rickshaw licences. Please e-mail the Convenor of the Committee, Councillor Chris Kelly, to let him know what a disaster it will be for the green image of Glasgow, and Scotland, if these licences are not granted.
Also, if you live within the city, please e-mail your councillors to voice your concern and ask them to speak out so that we can have cycle rickshaws on our city streets. You can find details of the 3 or 4 councillors for the ward in which you live at: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/addressSearch.asp
Go Bike is delighted to support the Road Share Campaign for Stricter Liability. Go Bike aims to get more people cycling and better infrastructure for them to cycle on. More people will cycle if road users respect each other and behave responsibly, leading to a safer road environment for all. The Road Share Campaign for Stricter Liability is one of the tools that will help us achieve this aim.
More info here: http://www.cycling-accident-compensation.co.uk/strict-liability.aspx
Go Bike AGM – many thanks to all who attended and participated. Attendance was up 142% on last year – let us know if you liked the new venue. Best of all, though – Frank McAveety mentioned a focus on radial routes – good news, although not before time.
Links to downloads from the AGM.
Convenor Report, AGM 2013
Minute AGM 27th November 2013
Go Bike is delighted to announce details of its Annual General Meeting, which will include a talk by Glasgow’s Cycling Tsar, Frank McAveety. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 November, in the downstairs function room of The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow, assembling from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. We look forward to seeing everybody there, and if you’ve not already tried out the new Connect2 Anderston “Bridge to Everywhere”, come along and put that to rights! Flyer
- (756) Construction work on the Connect2 project at Anderston is now complete and the route will open at 9am on Monday 8 July. The bridge over the M8 motorway, to be called the Anderston Bridge, completes the cycle route from Kelvingrove Park to Central Station. This features segregated cycle tracks along Berkeley Street and Waterloo Street. The adjoining existing footbridge over the A814 Clydeside Expressway will become known as the Stobcross Bridge, and provides a connecting route to the riverside at Broomielaw. There will be a larger community event to celebrate the completion of the project on Saturday 7 September.
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