Consultation Digest Issue 19, 09 October 2018: Byres Road rethink, beyond Parkhead on the East City Way, and much more.

Many thanks to Iona for keeping you up-to-date so well while I was off on a big tour of Kenya – four weeks without getting on a bike – and what news there was. A massive rethink on Byres Road! Didn’t we all do well! That’s the power of lots of us letting people know our views, so please keep writing and answering those surveys. Let’s hope Byres Road does become as peaceful as this earlier publicity picture suggests, but with those all important segregated cycle lanes.

Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 19, 09 October 2018: Byres Road rethink, beyond Parkhead on the East City Way, and much more.”

Consultation Digest Issue 17, 04 September 2018, New Cycle Bridges, Re-design for Battlefield and lots more.

We have lots of news, good and not so good, in this issue – a new bridge over the Black Cart in Renfrewshire, a possible new bridge over the canal at Stockingfield, good and not so good news from Clyde Place/Buchanan Wharf, 20mph confirmed for Calton Barras, proposals for new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling and much, much  more, so please read on. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 17, 04 September 2018, New Cycle Bridges, Re-design for Battlefield and lots more.”

Consultation Digest Issue 14, 14 July 2018: Holiday time but do respond to the Lennoxtown plan and support the South West City Way with the new development on Clyde Place

For this fortnight we have good news for Lennoxtown as a draft place plan consultation reaches us – but do they go far enough for active travel? We also have some of the detail for the development at Clyde Place, Tradeston, now to be known as Buchanan Wharf. In other news we also have some interesting feedback from Glasgow City Council, and Sustrans are undertaking a review on the National Cycle Network. Other than that been it’s very quiet, giving us time to get out and cycle. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 14, 14 July 2018: Holiday time but do respond to the Lennoxtown plan and support the South West City Way with the new development on Clyde Place”

Consultation Extra! Connecting Woodside, public consultation event, Tuesday 26 June at Woodside Library, St George’s Road, Glasgow

It seems that the Woodside mini-Holland project has grown, with a 20mph mandatory speed limit already planned for the area, parking restrictions also proposed and a proposed “prohibition of driving ((Except Pedal Cycles) at North Woodside Road”. See the planned new-look Woodside Road near the junction with Maryhill Road in the photo.

 

There’s now to be an exhibition of the “Connecting Woodside” plans for the area, as per this message we have received from Glasgow City Council:

Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM +0100
Subject: Connecting Woodside online Consultation and event (OFFICIAL)

OFFICIAL

Good day

You may be aware of Glasgow City Council’s bid for funding to Transport Scotland’s Community Links Plus competition with the Woodside Mini Holland bid. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/communities/community-links-plus-design-competition. The competition was seeking exemplar projects that promote walking, cycling and public space.  

Glasgow City Council submitted the project bid last year and were up against 37 other national bids. Woodside Mini-Holland was announced as a winner in November 2017. The project is now known as ‘Connecting Woodside’.

To follow up consultation undertaken throughout the last year GCC and Sustrans will be holding a public walk-in engagement event with a supplementary online consultation to gather further comments on specific sections of the project.

The public engagement event will focus on specific sections of the project; mainly:

  • Garscube Road
  • North Woodside Road crossing at Maryhill Road

We are proposing a number of changes to improve the environment for cyclists, pedestrians, local residents and businesses. New designs could see the implementation of:

  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • Reallocation of road space.
  • Junction redesign at Garscube Road / Possil Rd Cross and Garscube Rd/Firhill
  • Crossing reallocation and public space treatment on North Woodside Road at Maryhill Road

A public drop in session will be held on:

Tuesday 26th June

3:30pm-7pm

Woodside Library, St. George’s Road

G3 6JQ

Information and an online survey will be available from the 19th June for a period of 4 weeks. The online consultation tool will be available at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/connectingwoodside. Please enter as many comments on the map as you would like e.g.  ‘I would like a crossing here as it is difficult to cross’. The website will remain open for comments, however the closing date for consultation responses will be the 17th July.

Consultation materials for project can be found here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=42014&p=0 “

It all looks very exciting so do please look at the plans, get yourself along next Tuesday if you can and  respond to the on-line consultation.

 

 

 

 

Consultation Digest Issue 11, Going squinty about the Squinty Bridge, Byres Road submission, 20mph, parking etc etc

Here’s the bridge with 3 names: Clyde Arc, Finnieston and Squinty and it’s currently sending us a bit squinty.  There have been several changes in the traffic regime over the bridge since it was built with a recent one being the inclusion of bikes on the Fastlink bus lanes on the west side, but now Glasgow City Council propose to also allow taxis.  Oh dear. See our detailed response in item 1.8. We also have lots more for you in this digest, including the contrasting GoBike responses to Byres Road and South City Way, so do please read on.

Contents:

Section 1: Current Consultations.

  1. Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, second consultation event TOMORROW, 13 June
  2. Lenzie Traffic Management and Parking Restrictions, closes 15 June
  3. SEC Taxi Rank, closes 15 June
  4. Woodside 20mph, closes 15 June
  5. Calton Barras Meatmarket redevelopment closes 15 June
  6. UK Government — Future of Mobility Ideas survey,Deadline: 21 June
  7. Calton Barras 20mph zone, closes 22 June
  8. Finnieston Bridge Experimental TRO, closes 22 June
  9. Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West parking closes 25 June
  10. Byres Road, closes 27 June
  11. Greendyke Street traffic calming closes 29 June
  12. Woodside Parking Controls and cycle access, closes 13 July

Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations and Policy Documents

  1. Glasgow City Council Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022
  2. Scottish Government, Active Travel Task Force report

Section 3: Consultation Feedback

  1. East Renfrewshire dangerous junctions
  2. Jordanhill parking
  3. Woodside 20mph
  4. Yoker to Knightswood cycle way

1. Current Consultations – in date order for responses

1.1 Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, Cycle Village Proposal, event 13 June

We have told you before of the events arranged by Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council to publicise and consult on their Cycle Village Proposal, see: https://yokecoco.wordpress.com/cycle-village-proposal/  Their first event was on Saturday and the second is tomorrow 13 June at Bike for Good, Haugh Road (just off Argyle Street at Radnor Street/Kelvin Way, from 3pm to 8pm.  The Community Council is working with Sustrans and Glasgow City Council to make Yorkhill, Kelvingrove and Finnieston more active-travel-friendly.This is something all our Community Councils should be doing, so please get along, see how it’s done, and complete their on-line survey.

1.2 Lenzie Traffic Management and Parking Restrictions, closes this Friday 15 June

We don’t hear much from East Dunbartonshire but these proposals (see Digest 10) are aimed at reducing random parking around Lenzie Station. We support these proposals (see our response, GoBike Lenzie Station parking Letter 120618) but we hope that they will positively encourage active travel.

1.3 Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, TRO amendment, moving the Taxi Rank and altering the Road Layout, closes this Friday 15 June

We have objected to these proposals on the grounds that they do nothing for cycling – but we have sent in ideas for how they might be able to. Again, details were in Digest 10 and our response, with our alternative drawing are here:  GoBike Finnieston Bridge Experiment TRO Objection 080618

Do please submit your views – contact details are on our letter.

1.4 Woodside, Glasgow, 20mph zone, closes this Friday 15 July

Our response was in Digest 10 (see GoBike Woodside 20mph response 290518) and we have had some feedback from the City Council, see section 3 below. Have a read of their views on ensuring that 20 means 20 and then please send in your response.

1.5 Calton Barras Meatmarket redevelopment, closes 15 June

This has been rumbling on for some time, with proposals to start developing the empty site running along Duke Street as far as Bellgrove Station; the details are here:   https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=P87M4HEXHT500  Following a public consultation event back in the winter a segregated cycle lane has been added running east to west through the site. Currently it doesn’t link to anything but, to the east there is the intention to link it to the core path route and to the west, but sometime in the future, across the current Doig bus and coach depot to Collegelands. Glasgow Live have written about it here: https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/plans-lodged-transform-bellgrove-meat-14733896  We are waiting for confirmation of the width of the cycle lane (3.0m on the drawing but 2.7m in the Planning Statement 2) but will most probably write in this week with a mild welcome to the plans. It’s good that they are finally considering cycling but it might well mean that those of us who cycle on Duke Street will get nothing better than what’s there now.

1.6 ** NEW ** UK Government — Future of Mobility Ideas survey, Deadline: 21 June
Here’s one that Transform Scotland informed us of – you might wish to respond. As part of their Industrial Strategy, the UK Government are seeking your ideas on the future of mobility in the UK. You can post your own ideas, and rate and comment on other ideas. To find out more, see here.

1.7 Calton Barras, Glasgow, 20mph zone, closes 22 June

All the details were in Digest 10 and we have now written in to welcome this extension of the City Centre 20mph, but we have expressed disappointment at the traffic calming (buildouts and speed cushions) proposed for Greendyke Street. Here’s our letter: GoBike Calton Barras 20mph Letter 080618 and, no sooner had we sent it in than another Traffic Regulation Order proposal arrived for, wait for it, Traffic Calming on Greendyke Street, see item 1.11 below.

1.8 ** NEW ** Finnieston Bridge Experimental TRO, closes 22 June

This came in on the 1st of June and it’ s got us slightly incensed. The whole Fastlink scheme has not been a success, and this experimental Traffic Regulation Order (for up to 18 months) is to see what effect allowing taxis (including private hires) in the bus and cycle lanes on the west side of the bridge will have on congestion at the north end of the bridge. The wording of the e-mail we received is as follows:

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (FINNIESTON BRIDGE), (EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2018

 The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, and detailed report.

Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Projects Manager, Project Management and Design, Land & Environmental Services, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX or by e-mail to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 22nd June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services

And the documents they sent are here: Press Notice of Proposed Order  Public Consultation  Relevant Map  Report  Statement of Reasons

We have replied in detail objecting to the proposals. We are of the view that so many piecemeal changes have been made to this scheme and, in particular, to the use of the bridge, that now is the time for a fundamental review of the operation of the whole Fastlnk route, see: GoBike Finnieston Bridge Experiment TRO Objection 080618

1.9 Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West parking closes 25 June

This closes 25 June, the day before our next digest is due out but it does look like car city in this area, with parking proposed for both sides of Hyndland Road between Clarence Drive and Great Western Road. This is one place we took all four local councillors last autumn on our tours yet it doesn’t look like there is any chance of cycle lanes here. Clarence Drive, likewise, will not be for the faint-hearted on a bike even though it forms part of the Colleges Cycle Route. One of our vocal members lives in this area and will be getting views to us this week for our response, but if you don’t like what you see then do please let the council, and the councillors in this ward (23, Kelvindale and Partick East) know. The documents issued are repeated here (they were in Digest 10) to assist: TRO_2015_004-003 Hyndland, Hughenden & Dowanhill West (Publication) 2 of… 11.01 – Publication of Proposals – Press Notice – FINAL (ADVERTISED 24.0… 09.02 – Frequently Asked Questions 09.01 – Draft Report 08 – Statement of Reason

You might remember that Highburgh Road, Hyndland Road and Clarence Drive form part of the at one time much vaunted Colleges Cycle Route and, if the council had an overall cycling strategy this would by now have been strengthened and extended out to Great Western Road and up to Kelvindale. Oh, sorry, did we forget the City Council’s love of cars! And the e-mail address for your response is saferparking@glasgow.gov.uk  An oxymoron?

1.10 Byres Road, Glasgow, closes 27 June

 

Yes, folks, still time to get your views in and all the details are here:  https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1 

The GoBike response is here: GoBike Byres Road 0618 and do please use any of this in your response.

 

1.11 **NEW** –  Greendyke Street, traffic calming, closes 29 June

 

Yes, as in 1.7 above, we had just sent in our views, repeated here: GoBike Calton Barras 20mph Letter 080618 generally welcoming the 20mph speed limit proposed for this area near the Barras and Glasgow Green, when this message arrived from the City Council:

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL, HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 Dear Sir / Madam

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (GREENDYKE STREET), TRAFFIC CALMING SCHEME 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Calming Scheme and I wish to establish the views of your organisation.

Background to the proposed Scheme

Glasgow City Council are currently in the process of implementing Mandatory 20mph Speed Limit Zones throughout the City. 

The purpose of the Mandatory 20mph Speed Limit Zone is to ensure that vehicle users reduce their speeds to 20mph or less, and therefore improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and all other vehicle users.  By turn, it is anticipated that this will encourage more people to walk and cycle, which would have associated health benefits.  

Furthermore, a report by Department for Transport (DfT), titled, ‘Relationship between Speed and Risk of Fatal Injury: Pedestrians and Car Occupants’, notes the following benefits:

–     If someone is hit by a car at 40 mph they are 30% likely to be killed.

–     If someone is hit by a car at 30 mph they are 7% likely to be killed.

–     If someone is hit by a car at 20 mph they are 1% likely to be killed.

In order to encourage low vehicle speeds, the council propose to install five sets of  Buildouts and speed cushions between No.33 Greendyke Street to 10m South of the Glasgow Green council depot access.

Roads affected by the proposed Scheme

The list of roads affected by these proposals are:-

  • GREENDYKE STREET

Details of the proposed Scheme

The proposed Scheme (as depicted on the attached plans) will comprise of:-

  1. The installation of 2 Buildouts (Approx. 7.4m long 2.5m wide) and 2 speed cushions (Approx. 3m long 2m wide and 75mm high) at a point approximately 54 metres east of the extended east kerbline of Turnbull Street.
  2. The installation of 2 Buildouts (Approx. 7.4m long 2.5m wide) and 2 speed cushions (Approx. 3m long 2m wide and 75mm high) at a point approximately 55 metres West of the extended West kerbline of Lanark Street.
  3. The installation of 2 Buildouts (Approx. 7.4m long 2.5m wide) and 2 speed cushions (Approx. 3m long 2m wide and 75mm high) at a point approximately 12 metres east of the extended east kerbline of Lanark Street.
  4. The installation of 2 Buildouts (Approx. 7.4m long 2.5m wide) and 2 speed cushions (Approx. 3m long 2m wide and 75mm high) at a point approximately 12 metres east of the extended east kerbline of Charlotte Street.
  5. The installation of 2 Buildouts (Approx. 7.4m long 2.5m wide) and 2 speed cushions (Approx. 3m long 2m wide and 75mm high) at a point approximately 10 metres south of the extended south kerbline of Glasgow Green council depot access..

Please provide any comments you wish to make on these proposals within 21 days (reply by 29 June 2018).

In the meantime, should you require any further information or clarification on any points arising from the proposals, do not hesitate to contact my officer Martin Sherriff on 0141  287 9579.

Should the Council proceed with these proposals; I will write to you again and confirm this.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

So, while I think most of us will agree that the 20mph speed limit will “improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and all other vehicle users”, would any of us think that buildouts and speed cushions are the way to achieve that? You can also see from the photo/map we have added that good cycle facilities along Greendyke Street would form a useful link from London Road and the Gallowgate towards the South City Way. We’ll be drawing our response up soon.

1.12 **NEW** – Glasgow Woodside Parking Controls, closes 13 July

Parking restrictions are proposed for Woodside, including a welcome “prohibition of driving (except Pedal Cycles) at North Woodside Road”. Here’s the e-mail we got on 31 May:

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL, HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Dear Sir / Madam

The Glasgow City Council (Woodside) (Traffic Regulation and Parking Controls) Order 201_

 The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.

Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons and detailed report.

Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro.                                                                                                

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the ground for their objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 13 July 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

The documents referred to are here: Advert Woodside parking and cycle access  Draft Report  Plan 1-1   Statement of Reasons

We are minded to support this. The area is changing, with the North Woodside Health Centre soon to be replaced, the large car showroom on Maryhill Road about to close and people now parking in the area because of parking restrictions elsewhere.

2. Forthcoming Consultations and Policy Documents

2.1 Glasgow City Council Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022

We were told about this document, see: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17528 through our membership of the City Council’s Active Travel Forum. and one of its priorities, at the top of page 19, is to “Prioritise sustainable transport across the city”. Aye right, so not just on the South City Way, then?

2.2 Scottish Government’s Active Travel Task Force findings

It’s good to see that these findings are out. You can see them at:  https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/42284/active-travel-task-force-june-2018.pdf

3. Consultation Feedback

3.1 Dangerous junctions in East Renfrewshire

We have had a note to say “Thanks, response duly noted and considered during review.”  We hope, of course that this means our proposals for Dutch-style roundabouts for Spiersbridge and Eastwood Toll will be considered during the review that started last week.

3.2 Glasgow Woodside proposal for 20mph

We have had an “interesting” reply from Glasgow City Council to our response, GoBike Woodside 20mph response 290518 to this Traffic Regulation Order; this is the e-mail we got on 05 June:

The Glasgow City Council (Woodside) (20mph Speed Limit Zone) Order 201_

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the above named Traffic Regulation Order.

In response to your point raised with enforcement of the 20mph zones,  I can confirm the Police are included in the consultation process when a 20mph zone is being introduced. Indeed, during discussions with Police Scotland Officers, they have indicated that they support the Council’s traffic calming policy.  The Council has no input into where and when the Police carry out enforcement.

Your support will be considered and included within the final report which will inform the decision. Once a decision has been taken in regards to these proposals I shall write to you again and advise of the outcome.

Yours sincerely

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

So there we appear to have it – the police are consulted on 20mph limits, but the council have no say in any enforcement.

3.3 Scotstoun/Jordanhill parking restrictions

Back in early April we submitted this letter: GoBike Scotstoun Jordanhill Parking letter 030418  about proposed parking restrictions in Scotstoun and Jordanhill, primarily at junctions where, according to the Highway Code, no-one should park anyway. We got this response from Glasgow City Council on 01 June:

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, SCOTSTOUN/JORDANHILL, TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 201_

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the above named Traffic Regulation Order.

The dimensions on the majority of the roads are mostly 5metres, round the corners, this will allow better visibility when entering and exiting the junctions.

Just like any other new parking scheme the restrictions will be added to the Parking Enforcement schedule and patrolled accordingly.

Your support will be considered and included within the final report which inform the decision. Once a decision has been taken in regards to these proposals I shall write to you again and advise of the outcome.

Yours sincerely

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure & Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

The 5m dimension might be the distance back from the corner where the proposed double yellow lines will extend and the City Council’s Parking Enforcement Officers have a growing list of sites to check; let’s hope the frequency doesn’t suffer.

3.4 YOKER TO KNIGHTSWOOD CYCLE ROUTE

You might remember that at the end of 2017 GoBike objected to the shared footway section of this route, currently being constructed to ease access to the new BMX circuit in Knightswood Park, which all has to be ready for the European Championships to be held in Glasgow from 01 – 12 August?  We then came under some pressure to remove our objection and on 10 January we went in to meet City Council staff, following it up with this letter: GoBike Yoker to Knightwood Redetermination Withdraw objection 110118

On Sunday 03 June the GoBike monthly ride included a visit to see all the works that are being constructed and here’s the resulting e-mail we have now sent in to GCC:

“To: land@glasgow.gov.uk, Brown, Andrew (LES) <Andrew.Brown@glasgow.gov.uk>

Andrew, hello,

You will remember that at the end of last year GoBike was under some pressure to remove our objection to the proposals for the Yoker to Knightswood cycle route?  Further to our meeting with you on 10 January this year, we withdrew that objection, with some reservations outlined in the letter we submitted, copy attached for reference.

Last Sunday, 03 June, the monthly GoBike ride included a view of the works to date, cycling up Dyke Road, along Alderman Road, Lincoln Avenue and finally Archerhill Road before continuing on our route north.
It was clear that there is a lot of work to be done before August when the Games take place, but we note 2 points of concern, both on Archerhill Road:

  1. Access from the segregated cycle lanes to the footway at the bus stop where the route becomes a shared footway:  the “dropped” kerb is of uneven height and needs to be flush with the road surface; one of our group came off their bike here – fortunately with only minor injuries, but we do not wish this to happen again.
  2. Footway parking on the shared footway section; this was a concern when we met you and, unfortunately our fears were well-founded.  From the bus stop going west there was continuous parking part on the footway, with drivers apparently assuming that the white line denoting the 0.5m buffer strip was the edge of the parking area!  0.5m, the Absolute Minimum according to Cycling by Design, has never been a realistic dimension and it is only those of us who are aware of your Design Guide who would recognise it as such.  Could you now arrange for planters, or some other suitable barrier, to be placed in this buffer zone, to ensure that no-one cycling along this shared footway is hit by a car door being opened in their path?

With best wishes,

Tricia Fort for Consultations, GoBike, Strathclyde Cycle Campaign, www.gobike.org  “

So, lots for you to ponder over and get those fingers typing and yes, if you are wondering, we are getting, and responding to, far more consultations than previously. We are including the initial consultations rather than just the Traffic Regulation Orders and also extending out of Glasgow a little and this means that now, in June, we have responded to as many in 2018 as we did in all of 2017.

Consultation Digest Issue 10, 30 May 2018, Byres Road and lots lots more!

Yes, as you probably know, the Byres Road consultation has started (see below (1.9)) and we are extremely disappointed.And there’s loads more in this digest. Parking controls in Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West, and near Lenzie Station – calling all residents of those areas for comments!  20mph areas – we have our response to Woodside and news of the Calton Barras proposal for just east of the City Centre. The city centre is already a 20mph zone, but why doesn’t anyone let the motor drivers know? There’s also news of moves to change the road layout at the SEC in Glasgow, with not a thought to those of us who go by bike, and furthermore, we will be suggesting Dutch-style roundabout layouts for Spiersbridge and Eastwood Toll roundabouts in East Renfrewshire. Please read on:

1. Current Consultations – In date order for responses

1.1 Celtic Park and Emirates Arena Event Day Parking Controls, closes 01 June

We told you about this one in our last Digest, see: Digest 9 and here’s the letter we have sent in: GoBike Celtic Park Event parking letter 290518  We are hoping that they might just use the reduction in traffic on London Road to widen the footways and extend the existing short segregated cycleway from Bridgeton back into the city and east out to what some know as paradise!

1.2 Dangerous roundabouts in East Renfrewshire, closes 04 June

This was in last time too (see: Digest 9 ), and it’s been suggested that we propose a Dutch-style roundabout arrangement for each location (see a proposed layout for Eastwood Toll above), with each car lane separated from the adjacent one as it approaches and leaves the roundabout, to allow people walking or cycling to cross one lane at a time. Roundabouts are particularly treacherous for cycling and these sorts of measures are needed if they are to be improved.  Below is a similar layout for the Spiersbridge roundabout.

To help understand how a Dutch style roundabout works, here’s a link to a description with a video further down explaining it all!  https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/explaining-the-dutch-roundabout-abroad/

1.3 Glasgow Woodside proposed 20mph zone, closes 15 June

This has been in the last two digests (see: Digest 8 and Digest 9 ) and here’s our response: GoBike Woodside 20mph response 290518

1.4 Introduction of Traffic Management and Parking Restrictions in Lenzie, closes 15 June

Back in April and mentioned in our (Digest 7) there was consultation on the East Dunbartonshire Council website about proposed parking restrictions around Lenzie Station. EDC have now issued by paper post, the formal Traffic Regulation Order (see EDC Lenzie Station parking ) and we’ll be responding favourably. We feel this brings in sensible restrictions, such as parking at, or opposite junctions (ie those areas banned for parking in the Highway Code), but do let us know if there are concerns about any of this, and do get your views in as per the letter from EDC.

1.5 Scottish Exhibition Centre, TRO amendment, moving the Taxi Rank and altering the road layout, closes 15 June

Here’s a brand new one, with the e-mail we were sent on 23 June:

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) (Traffic Regulation) Order 2009 (Amendment No.1)

 The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, and detailed report.  Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Projects Manager, Project Management and Design, Land & Environmental Services, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX or by e-mail to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 15th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

Here are the documents: Press Notice of the Proposed Order  Public Consultation  Report Statement of Reasons Revised TRO Drawing

We objected quite strenuously back in the day when the awful one-way system was brought in around the SEC, so please look at this and let us have your views – does it improve things for cycling or not?  We’ve had a look and here’s our proposal worked up by one of our members. We’ve not yet sent this in, but feel it’s much better than currently proposed.

1.6 Glasgow South City Way Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) closes 22 June

Here’s an email that we got from Glasgow City Council on 08 May. Sorry about the delay in publishing it, but it was overtaken by our Tea Break event on Saturday 12 May and the two SCW related consultation events on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May.

“MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL, HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 Dear Sir/Madam

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (SOUTH CITY WAY)(VICTORIA ROAD / POLLOKSHAWS ROAD) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons and report.  Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Group Manager, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or email land@glasgow.gov.uk and it must be received by Friday 22nd June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

Here are the documents that are referred to: TS-5056-M-000-P-039A-TRO  TS-5056-M-000-P-038A-TRO  SCW_Pressadvert_08May18  SCW TRO report  SCW (Victoria Rd _ Pollokshaws Rd)_SOR

Our response hasn’t been submitted yet, but based on our attendance at the consultation event on Monday 14 May we are quite happy with what is proposed. There’s still plenty of time to get your views in, so please do. We hope that you will support this segregated cycle route, the first in Glasgow along a high street environment.

1.7 Calton Barras, proposed 20mph zone, closes 22 June

The 20mph net is extending, and this time it connects to the City Centre 20mph zone, which is a plus.  Let’s hope, over two years since the signage went in for the city centre, that when it extends out along the Gallowgate and London Road we get some enforcement!

Here’s the e-mail we were sent on 23 May:

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL, HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 Dear Sir or Madam,

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (CALTON BARRAS) (20mph ZONE) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons and detailed report. Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure & Environment, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 22nd June 2018

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

And here are the documents: CaltonBarras-20mphZones-Advert  Plan_P-5138-0000-01-TRO  Draft_Report  Calton_Barras_20mph_Zone_SOR

Our reply will probably be along the same lines as our Woodside response, although we do think zebra crossings should be put in across Greendyke Street to help active travellers cross into Glasgow Green, but do let us know if you have any concerns.

1.9 Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West, Glasgow,proposed parking controls, closes 27 June

This hasn’t been out long and we are looking for views from people who live in the area please.  Will it improve matters for active travel and residents?  Here’s the e-mail we received on 23 May:

Subject: FW: (THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL (HYNDLAND, HUGHENDEN AND DOWANHILL WEST) (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_
Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 15:37:06 +0000
From:

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF ANDY WADDELL, HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 Dear Sir / Madam,

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (HYNDLAND, HUGHENDEN AND DOWANHILL WEST), (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.

Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, detailed report and FAQs.

Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/saferparking from 9.00am on Thursday 24 May 2018.

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the ground for their objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to saferparking@glasgow.gov.uk by Monday 25 June 2018 .

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

and here are the relevant documents:

 

TRO_2015_004-003 Hyndland, Hughenden & Dowanhill West (Publication) 2 of…  11.01 – Publication of Proposals – Press Notice – FINAL (ADVERTISED 24.0…  09.02 – Frequently Asked Questions  09.01 – Draft Report  08 – Statement of Reason  If you need a better copy of the first 2 documents you will need to go to the city council website – they were too large for our wordpress site and we have adapted them.

We are generally in favour of controlling parking, but if you live or work in this area do let us know what you think.

1.9 Byres Road, Glasgow, closes 27 June

So public consultation for Byres Road has finally been released for one of its final stages. We have been along and spoken to the staff at the first public consultation event at Partick Library on 24 May, and others will be at the Hillhead Library event on 31 May (3-7pm) but it is not what we had hoped for.  We are not alone either. Here are some thoughts from GoBike mini-campaign Space for People Byres Road:  https://space4peoplebyresroad.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/emperors-new-paving/  and the Glasgow Greens have also published their view here:  https://greens.scot/glasgow/news/9-million-byres-road-plans-risk-a-missed-opportunity-14892

Here is the information we received notifying us of the Consultation:

Public consultation on design proposals for the future of Byres Road will begin next week

The consultation will run from Wednesday 23 May until Wednesday 27 June

Proposals will be on display online at www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations and in Partick and Hillhead Library throughout that period.  There will be drop­-in events from 3-7pm on Thursday 24 May (Partick Library) and 3-7pm on Thursday 31 May (Hillhead Library) where council officers will be on hand to answer any queries about the proposals.

From next Wednesday, to take part in the consultation -­ or to find out more about the proposals -­ please visit Glasgow City Council’s online consultation hub at www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations

Byres Road will be transformed through a multi­million pound public realm project ­- funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal -­ that will redesign the street to create a more attractive environment that benefits those who live, work and shop in the area.

The design proposals include widened footways, improved surfaces, reduced street clutter, pavement seating and safe cycle routes.

Participation in the consultation is either online or through hard copies at both Hillhead Library and Partick Library, and there will be the opportunity to view the design proposals at both libraries.

The design proposals have been developed after a number of very well­-attended consultation events in recent years, with representation from local residents, businesses and community groups.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said:

“Byres Road is a key location and destination for Glaswegians and our visitors, and is an important part of the city’s economy day and night. Given its importance, we very much want to hear the thoughts of everyone with an interest in the area and so we would like to see as many people as possible taking part in this consultation. This is your chance to help shape how Byres Road will look and work in the future.”

Construction work on the Byres Road project will begin in the autumn of 2019.”

And here’s the official photo of this “utopia”, though you will see from the view at the beginning of this Digest that we don’t see it as quite as peaceful.

Our members have been out on the street, online and in the media making the point that Paint is Not Protection. We are busy working up our official response and will put that out for you very shortly.

 

2 Upcoming Consultations

2.1 Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, Cycle Village Events, 09 and 13 June

This was in the last Digest (see Digest 9) but don’t forget that there are two consultation events at Bike for Good, Kelvinhaugh Road on 9th and 13th of June, see: https://yokecoco.wordpress.com/cycle-village-proposal/ for details.

2.2 East Dunbartonshire Council’s Land Planning Policy Team Newsletter

General information about how EDC will be moving: EDC LDP Newsletter 47 – May 2018

3 Consultation Feedback

3.1 Clyde Place and Tradeston – ongoing.

In our last digest (see Digest 9) we published the response to our letter of 01 May GoBike Tradeston Clyde Place comment and partial objection letter 010518 and you will have seen this photo in that digest:

 

We have responded vigorously to the City Council’s claim that there is no capacity for a cycle way on Bridge Street, see: Reply to LES response of 11 May, 170518

We hope that there will be a positive outcome.

 

 

3.2 Battlefield Junction

We have seen word from Councillor Anna Richardson on social media that Sustrans funding has been secured for the Battlefield Rest junction, following recent public consultations. We are delighted by this news and are hopeful that this could lead to a link up with the nearby South City Way. We are yet to receive official notification of this but have been told that the redesign will bring improvements for walking, cycling and public transport, and extend towards Victoria Road, Langside Monument and Holmlea Road. The initial consultation and design phase will be starting soon and last a year.

Thanks for reading and until next time digest friends, get those consultation fingers wagging!

Consultations Digest Issue 9, 15 May: Cycle Lanes and Hazardous Access to Glasgow City Centre plus Dangerous Roundabouts in East Renfrewshire.

East Renfrewshire Council are asking for views on both the Eastwood Toll Roundabout( A77/A727), (pictured left) and the Spiersbridge Roundabout (A727/B769) (Item 1.1) and in other news, yes that’s right, Glasgow City Council are unable to give us cycle lanes along Bridge Street to get us to the Clyde (Item 3.1).

As well as this we have some exciting news from Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, who are looking to make their area active travel friendly!  Let’s hope it catches on (Item 1.7).

1. Current Consultations

1.1  Eastwood Toll Roundabout (A77/A727) and Spiersbridge Roundabout (A727/B769), East Renfrewshire

Eastwood Toll Roundabout, during our Insert Loved One Here Campaign, pictured left.

We have been sent this letter asking for our input – Dangerous-Junction-letter-to-consultees-final-10-May-2018  – which begins “East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) will shortly be undertaking a cycling safety review at the Spiersbridge and Eastwood Toll Roundabouts. This is being funded by Sustrans’ Tackling Dangerous Junctions programme.” This is good news and we will be responding with our views before their review date of 4th June. If you would like to contribute to this, please get in touch either on the GoBike Slack Consultations Channel or by e-mail to consultations@gobike.org Alternatively you may also wish to respond directly to the address on the letter.

We welcome this review, however the analysis of Strava and accident data by GoBike member Bob Downie, shows us that while these roundabouts could be improved, nearby roundabouts within the Glasgow boundary, attract even more accidents. The images to the left show heatmaps of cycle accidents (1999-2013) overprinted on Strava use (2014). “The Glasgow City Council roundabouts of Auldhouse, Pollok and those on Shieldhall Road stand out as bulls-eyes with Auldhouse the absolute nightmare.” 

So, let’s help East Renfrewshire to improve their roundabouts and then we can ask Glasgow City Council just what it is doing about its roundabouts. Has this Council decided to take advantage of the Sustrans’ Tackling Dangerous Junctions programme? And other local authorities? They should all be jumping at this funding.

1.2 South City Way, Glasgow, closes 22 June

 

As per the Consultations Extra published on Thursday 10 May, Glasgow City Council are consulting on the South City Way, currently under construction from Victoria Park North, with public events on Monday and Tuesday this week.  We’ll be analysing the documents carefully and will be submitting our response well in advance of the 22 June deadline.  We’ll update you before the closing date.

 

Spring 2018 Consultations – SCW A3 poster-1

 

1.3 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, closes 18 May

We told you about the proposals for Queen Margaret Drive in our last Digest 8 and consultation closes this Friday, 18 May. So, if you wish to voice your views do look at the on-line consultation, http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/qmd or write into the City Council about this scheme, initiated by the local traders. Queen Margaret Drive is a link from the busy Maryhill Road to Byres Road (we are still waiting for this consultation, due very soon) and down towards Partick. Here’s the letter we have sent in:   GoBike Queen Margaret Drive comments 150518

1.4 Parking around Ibrox Stadium, closes 25 May

This consultation was included last time too in Digest 8 and we have now written in to support the restrictions on “park-where-you-will”. Who knows, they might even find some space for cycle lanes!  Here’s our letter: GoBike Ibrox Stadium Event parking letter 150518

1.5 Event Day Parking at Celtic Park, closes 01 June

Well, they couldn’t just restrict parking at Ibrox, could they?  So here is the e-mail that we received:

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (CELTIC PARK AND EMIRATES ARENA), (EVENT DAY EMERGENCY ROUTES AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order. Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, detailed report and FAQs.

Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/saferparking

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to 231 George Street Glasgow G1 1RX or by e-mail to saferparking-celticpark@glasgow.gov.uk by 1 June 2018.”

And here are all the documents showing what is proposed: CelticPark & Emirates Arena Press Notice  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena FAQs  09.01_-_Draft_Report  08.01 – Statement of Reasons  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena – Proposed Event Day Parking Scheme – Plan 1  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena – Proposed Event Day Parking Scheme – Plan 2  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena – Proposed Event Day Parking Scheme – Plan 3  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena – Proposed Event Day Parking Scheme – Plan 4  Celtic Park and Emirates Arena – Proposed Event Day Parking Scheme – Plan 5 & 6  One of the plans was too big to include on our wordpress site so you will need to go to the City Council’s website for that, but unless we hear from you all to the contrary, we’ll be submitting a letter of support similar to the one above for the Ibrox area.

1.6 Woodside, Glasgow, proposed 20mph speed limit, closes 15 June

We put all the details of this in our last Digest 8. 20mph is proposed for the area bounded by Maryhill Road, Garscube Road, the canal and New City Road. GoBike supports Mark Ruskell, MSP’s bill for 20mph as the default speed limit in built-up areas and our concern with this piecemeal approach is the lack of consistency in speed limits and the lack of enforcement. Our response to this will be completed soon.

 

1.7 Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, Glasgow, Cycle Village Proposal, Consultation Events 09 and 13 June

 

Yes, we’ve been saving the best until last!  Kelvingrove and Yorkhill Community Council are holding two consultation events at Bike for Good, Kelvinhaugh Street, on proposals to make their area active travel friendly!  Let’s hope other Community Councils do the same.  Please look at the website link:  https://yokecoco.wordpress.com/cycle-village-proposal/  and the Facebook event details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1696830773727735/  and:  https://www.facebook.com/events/129858041119799/

 

 

2. Upcoming Consultations

2.1 Byres Road 

Yes, we are still waiting for this – and the suspense is almost getting too much. Please watch our communications closely for any last minute consultations that come out.

2.2 Parking in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire

We’re expecting details of a Traffic Regulation Order through the post (yes, Royal Mail post) quite soon.

3. Consultation Feedback

3.1 Clyde Place and Tradeston Traffic Regulation Order

This is Bridge Street in Glasgow, looking north from Nelson Street, with five, yes FIVE lanes of traffic. The two on the left, blocked off to through traffic, are used for parking, as is the lane on the right, leaving only two lanes open for southbound traffic. Under the latest TRO, it is proposed to have three lanes of southbound traffic and two lanes of car parking, with no explanation as to why this extra lane capacity is required, and no valid explanation as to why there can’t be a northbound or even a southbound contraflow cycle lane too! Here’s the letter we’ve submitted: GoBike Tradeston Clyde Place comment and partial objection letter 010518 and here is the text of the e-mail that we got in reply:  LES response 110518  We are less than happy!

3.2 Govan Water Row redevelopment

We aren’t quite clear as to when this closes as it’s part of an ongoing redevelopment plan for Govan.  All of the details are in our last Digest 8 and we have now replied, hoping that the area, soon to be connected to Partick with a new cycle/pedestrian bridge, will be an active travel friendly place. see: GoBike Govan Water Row comment 150518

So, lot’s to take in, folks, but do let us and the local authorities know your views.

 

 

Swinton Avenue, Baillieston: proposed speed cushions will leave cyclists in the gutter

Glasgow City Council propose, in a recent e-mail headed “Swinton Avenue Traffic Calming Scheme”: “to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Calming Scheme and I wish to establish the views of your organisation.

Background to the proposed Scheme

The scheme is aimed at improving road safety by reducing vehicle speeds and discouraging rat-running.

Roads affected by the proposed Scheme

The list of roads affected by these proposals are:-

Swinton Avenue

Details of the proposed Scheme

The proposed Scheme (as depicted on the attached plan) will comprise of:-

  • 4 sets of 1.9m x 1.9m 75mm high speed cushions.”

Their drawing: Swinton Avenue Traffic Calming Propsal shows only 0.5m at the outer side of each set of speed cushion, ie one would have to cycle right in the gutter, over the cushion or in the 0.7m gap between the 2 cushions.

There appears to have been no consideration of active travel and we have proposed options of one-way chicanes with cycle bypasses or for the road to be stopped up allowing only cycle through traffic, and we have copied our letter, GoBike Consultations Swinton Avenue Traffic Calming 13 Dec 2017 to the 3 Councillors for the Ward, ie Ward 20, Baillieston.  We have also mentioned the potential impact of Mark Ruskell’s 20mph bill – if you haven’t written to your constituency and list MSPs to ask them to support this, please do so!

Comments on the Swinton Avenue proposal are required by this Friday, 15 December – sorry for the short notice – but if you wish to put your comments in please do so to: LandServices.Mailroom@glasgow.gov.uk

20mph needs you!

We put a call out a few weeks ago for members to add support to a 20mph bill being put forward in Holyrood. If it goes through, it will see a reduction in the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph for built up areas in Scotland (while allowing local authorities to keep appropriate arterial routes at current speeds). As well as reducing accidents, lowering air pollution and making our streets more people friendly, this will also negate the need for the costly and pollutive traffic calming measures that our members have been discussing over on Slack (drop us an email if you’d like to sign up!). It would also save our councils on the currently lengthy and costly process they need to undergo to designate a particular 20mph zone, in fact this was a cause we as GoBike fought on locally for Glasgow just a few years ago. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13213540.Victory_for_cycle_campaigners_as_petition_to_turn_Glasgow_into_20mph_city_referred_to_council_policymakers/

The great news is that Mark Ruskell MSP who has been working on the bill has now reached the threshold of support to take 20mph to vote, but he has let us know that if he can get a wider range of cross party support on it, it will make the bill proposal stronger when moving forward. So we still need your help! If you can ask your MSPs to sign up to the bill (particularly those from the Lib Dem and Scottish Conservatives Party of whom none have signed up so far) it could be a really significant help.

You can do this simply by sending an email voicing your support, perhaps outlining some reasons why, some of which you might find here https://greens.scot/saferstreets or here https://www.cyclinguk.org/campaign/20-mph-lower-speeds-better-streets

Find how to contact your local MSP here: https://www.writetothem.com/

The deadline is 19th December.

Thank you GoBike members!