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.

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

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

Here’s the bridge with three 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. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 11, Going squinty about the Squinty Bridge, Byres Road submission, 20mph, parking etc etc”

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: Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 10, 30 May 2018, Byres Road and lots lots more!”

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

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!

Buy your shares in Speed Cushions now – and prepare for a bumpy ride!

Glasgow City Council are currently consulting on 3 proposals, one to install 8 asphalt road humps (similar to the photo) and two to install a total of 251 speed cushions, in 3 separate areas of Glasgow where a 20mph speed limit is being introduced.  This is despite Councillor Anna Richardson, Convenor of Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, saying, infront of about 200 people at today’s Cycling Scotland Conference in Glasgow, that her aim is to go for a city-wide 20mph speed limit with a justification being made for retaining limits of 30mph.  We have studied the proposals and have submitted objections.  In each case we have objected on the grounds that there has been no consideration of cycle traffic, that the money would be better spent on a city-wide scheme and have suggested that there should be liaison with Police Scotland to educate motorists who risk injury and death by exceeding the speed limit. The 3 proposals are:

Kempsthorn Road, Beltrees Road and Beltrees Crescent in Pollok, where 8 asphalt road humps are proposed.  We have suggested in addition that if the area is being used as a rat run that the through route should be blocked to motor traffic, which would have the added benefit of encouraging active travel.  A copy of the initial e-mail and the plan from GCC, plus the GoBike letter of objection are below:

Kempsthorn Road Traffic Calming email sent 11October 2017 Kempsthorn Road Traffic Calming GoBike Kempsthorn Road traffic calming objection 311017

Kingsland Drive and Thurston Road in Hillington/Cardonald, where 7 sets of cushions, ie 14 cushions in total, are proposed.  We have suggested that cycle lanes should be installed using armadillos or similar on each side of these roads, which, by narrowing the roadway, would reduce traffic speeds and also encourage active travel.  We do not know whether any analysis of the speeding vehicles has been carried out, but should it be that the roads are being used as a rat run then, either as an alternative, or an addition to the cycle lanes, consideration should be given to stopping off the through route to motor traffic.  A copy of the initial e-mail and the plan from GCC, plus the GoBike letter of objection are below:

Kingsland Drive email sent 09October 2017 Kingsland Drive traffic calming GoBike Kingsland Drive and Thurston Road traffic calming objection 311017

Consultation on both these schemes closes tomorrow 01 November, so if you wish to also submit an objection – or even a letter of support, we haven’t left you much time – sorry.

The third scheme, for which consultation closes on Friday 03 November is:

The Citywide 6A Traffic Calming Scheme, which, we are very pleased to see, covers a much bigger area than any proposed to date by Glasgow City Council, see this photograph of the plan:

This covers the very area where, with no consultation of which we are aware, shared footways are being installed under the guise of Fastlink Cycle Upgrades – see our previous post of 25 October.  While it is good to see a bigger area proposed for 20mph we are not pleased to see that it is proposed to install 237, yes 237, speed cushions in this one area alone.  At this rate, how many will be required for the whole city?  A truly citywide scheme is required where it is clear that, unless otherwise signed, speed limit is 20mph, and is managed as such.  We have suggested that cycle lanes using armadillos, or similar, be installed on either side of each road here to reduce motor traffic speeds and encourage active travel.  GCC’s e-mail to us and our letter of objection are here: Citywide 6A email sent 13 October 2017 GoBike Citywide 6A traffic calming scheme objection 311017