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 Digest Issue 13. Parking – we are not amused, but some good news on segregated cycle lanes

We know that most of our members are concerned about the extent of on-road parking in the city, and this week we have two items on parking – see items 1.3 and 3.1. We have responded on a new Concordat between Glasgow City Council and the Third Sector (see item 1.1), and we hope that its implementation will bring changes to the current lack of early meaningful consultation, that all too often leaves us with objecting to a Traffic Regulation Order as our only option. For the good news on segregated routes, see our items on Connecting Woodside, the Argyle Street Avenue and Bunhouse Road. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 13. Parking – we are not amused, but some good news on segregated cycle lanes”

Consultation Digest Issue 12, the full version, 26 June 2018, Community Activity around Kelvinhall and proposed buildouts and speed cushions impeding cycling near Glasgow Green

We now have the first traffic regulation order for the proposals put forward by Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council. This is a very pro-active community council, working hard to improve the area and keep residents informed (see 1.6). This is also your last chance to comment on the notorious Byres Road proposals, so please read on.

The unplanned preview on Sunday of this Digest gave you a taste of what was to come, but review and completion have introduced changes from item 1.3 onwards, so there’s more for you to read – and take action on. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 12, the full version, 26 June 2018, Community Activity around Kelvinhall and proposed buildouts and speed cushions impeding cycling near Glasgow Green”

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.

 

 

Garnethill, car parking but no cycle contraflow – Public Exhibition on Parking Controls Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 March 2018

Just in from Green Councillor, Bailie Christy Mearns, is the news that there are public consultation events this coming Thursday, 22 March, 2pm – 8pm and Saturday 24 March, 12pm – 4pm at the Garnethill
Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street G3 6RE (just along from the GFT), see this letter for details: Letter to Affected Area – Public Exhibition letter

Christy was the first City Councillor to meet us for the tours that we did last year, and are continuing this year.  She shares our concern that cycling is not included in considerations for allowing parking and making streets one way; most of Garnethill is one-way.  She has, she told us in the e-mail to us, “managed to get a question added on cycling so as to broaden the conversation to include not only the resident car lobby. I hope your members might be able to join, to amplify the voice of cyclists on the need for cycle infrastructure, not just car parking spaces. I will let GSA know as well.”

Please get along to the exhibition if you live, work or cycle in Garnethill.  With the School of Art, the Dental Hospital, the schools and all the tenement properties in the area, this is an area crying out for good cycle facilities – who wants to cycle 3 sides of a block in an area noted for its hills when there should be legal contraflow cycling?

Consultations Digest Issue 3, 20 February 2018 – Stushies brewing: Elmbank Street Glasgow and Cowgate Kirkintilloch

Yes, folks, we have a couple of contentious situations in this issue.  See Section 3, Consultations Feedback where we discuss whether Elmbank Street will provide northbound access to the Sauchiehall Street cycle lane, but first, see Section 1 for the threat to the so-called “shared space” along Cowgate, the main street in Kirkintilloch. 

1.  Current Consultations

Kirkintilloch, Cowgate – Catherine Street junction

As reported two weeks ago, consultation is now ongoing about whether to re-signalise this junction in Kirkintilloch, and a public consultation exhibition was held in a vacant property on the Cowgate from Thursday to Saturday 15-17 February.  On-line consultation is open until the 28th of February and we would encourage our members to contribute. Two of us visited the exhibition on Saturday to find out what it’s all about, and were told that attendance had been steady, views were mixed, and we were told in response to our question, that there have been no reported accidents at the junction in question.  We cycled along Cowgate from end to end and also walked most of it. In our view, it is just what a main street should be: shops, cafes, banks, solicitors etc, with slow-moving traffic and pedestrians able to cross from side to side with ease. It’s clear where pedestrians go, i.e. on the footways at the side, and there are raised tables where people on foot are expected to cross the street, including at the Cowgate – Catherine Street junction, and it’s clear that motor vehicles and bikes are expected to go down the centre of the street. Cars slowed down and stopped for us to cross the road at the junction and, all-in-all, it was a pleasant place to be.

The Kirkintilloch Herald, owned by Johnston Press, has been running a strident campaign against the existing layout, and in favour of reintroducing traffic lights. We note that Johnston Press also own the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, who campaigned vigorously against the Bears Way cycle lanes.

There is concern that visually-impaired people have difficulty with the current layout, which is strongly reflected in the press reports, however we are aware that Sustrans have undertaken the following measures to assist people with and without visual impairments to navigate through the space:

  • Physical measures that slow traffic speeds in advance of each junction
  • Re-designation of the Cowgate to a 20mph speed limit
  • Reduction in road widths to reduce crossing distances
  • Marking out of each crossing point in a high-contrast finish
  • Installation of tapping edges leading to each junction

East Dunbartonshire Council are proposing 3 options for the junction:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Signalise the existing layout.  Estimated cost £417k.
  3. Widen Catherine Street to allow space for 2 lanes of traffic coming up Catherine Street from the bypass. Estimated cost £647k.Both signalising options, according to the Council, introduce delays for pedestrians, buses – and cars!  Neither does anything positive for cycles.

Please do look at the consultation information and documents on the East Dunbartonshire website and get your views in, if you live or work in, or visit Kirkintilloch.

2.  Upcoming Consultations

Jura Street, Craigton, Glasgow, near Bellahouston Park, 28 February

We have been told about a proposal from Glasgow City Council to develop Jura Street, off Paisley Road West, to the north of Bellahouston Park.

JURA STREET consultation A3 poster v2 LR

“Land and Environmental Services are proposing to make infrastructure upgrades on Jura Street with the intention of increasing the number of journeys completed by sustainable transport methods. These proposals can include, new widened footways, new segregated cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings. They will link to the existing infrastructure on the north side of the M8 underpass and Bellahouston Park which is a frequently used sustainable transport route.

As part of this work the department is looking to seek the views of your organisation. An event shall take place at the Palace of Art (Bellahouston Park) on Wednesday the 28th of February between 3pm and 7pm where you will be able to view several options for infrastructure upgrades and talk to officers about the proposed works.

In addition to the event an online consultation webpage will be set up to run from the 23rd of February for a period of 1 month, where visitors can view the same drawings and provide comments. The address for the Webpage is : www.glasgow.gov.uk/jurastreet please note this website will not go live until the 23rd of February.”

Meatmarket at Dennistoun / Collegelands, Glasgow, 01 March

Cllr Allan Casey, for the Dennistoun ward in the city has issued this information:

” ** Second Public Consultation Event For the Meat-Market Site**

Interested in the regeneration of the former Meatmarket site between Dennistoun and Collegelands? Then come along to Dennistoun Library on Thursday 1st March (noon-8pm) to find out about Glasgow City Deal plans to develop the site, with housing to be built in the first phase.

Come along and have your say on the proposed development.”

There’s potential here for good active travel access to the city from the east – let’s hope that potential is realised!  Do put your views in.

3.  Consultations Feedback

Sauchiehall Street – Access to and from Elmbank Street

When GoBike originally commented on the proposals for the Sauchiehall Street cycle lanes we had some comments and questions but generally welcomed the proposals to humanise the street.  However, we did have concerns about access to and from Elmbank Street, see our letter of February 2017: GoBike Sauchiehall Street partial support 280217

We had a reply to this letter in December that made it clear that Glasgow City Council wishes to make Elmbank Street, from Bath Street to Sauchiehall Street one-way southbound, with NO contraflow cycle lane northbound.  We queried this, since Cycling by Design, the design guide used by the Council, quotes, at Section 5.1.5, that the default on one-way streets should be two-way cycling.  They have now come back to us again to say that: “The proposal for Elmbank Street has nibs at either end, with parking or loading bays contained within each nibbed section. Each nibbed section is 2.5m wide, leaving two “running” lanes. The provision of a contraflow cycle lane northbound would result in cyclists having southbound traffic on their right hand side and parked vehicles on their left hand side, also facing south.”  

Our latest reply, sent on 13 February, to them includes this:

We have looked at possible routes from the Charing Cross station area, which includes several work places, the Kings Theatre and the Nextbike station, to Sauchiehall Street should your proposed blockage of Elmbank Street to northbound cycles go ahead.  These are:

  • Westbound on Bath Street to North Street, then northbound on North Street to join Sauchiehall Street just to the west of the motorway.  This is a route with currently no cycle infrastructure and involves a set of manoeuvres that even the hardiest of city cyclists would baulk at in busy times.
  • Southbound on Elmbank Street, eastbound and uphill on St Vincent Street, northbound and uphill on Pitt Street to West George Street and then either westbound and downhill to Holland Street or uphill and eastbound to Douglas Street.  Again, there are currently no cycle facilities on these streets and this is not a set of manoeuvres for the faint-hearted.
  • Northbound, using an informal and illegal route on the footway or carriageway of Elmbank Street.”

We have copied this message to the four Councillors for Ward 10, City, Anderston and Yorkhill, to  Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Carbon Reduction and Sustainability and to Garnethill Community Council.

We are so disappointed that a flagship project such as the Avenues on Sauchiehall Street will be spoiled by lack of access, with space that could be used for cycling given over to stationary cars, when there is a multi-storey carpark at Charing Cross and we await a reply, with interest.

If you cycle in this area, if you live or work in this area, please do ask the local Councillors for Ward 10, to ensure good access to and from the Sauchiehall Street Avenue.

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So, interesting things going on, but do let us know if we are missing any important proposals.

 

 

Consultations: new and forthcoming in Glasgow, with even more speed cushions proposed for Santa’s sack

Here’s a picture of the brand new Broomhill School and the City Council propose to make the road going up to the right on the picture one-way.  But have they considered active travel and all the work other bits of the council do to encourage children to cycle to school?  We fear they haven’t.  So our letter to the council, GoBike Consultations Broomhill One Way 21 Dec 2017 about this plan, broomhill one way tro plan TRO201701501 confirms that we are happy with their proposal, provided that they maintain two-way cycling!  Let’s hope that we are lucky with this one.

The closing date for comments on this proposal for Broomhill is 12 January so you have time to get your views in, if you wish.

We have also responded to proposals to install speed cushions on Millbrae Road in Langside. 

Here’s Glasgow City Council’s plan of these speed cushions: Millbrae Road plan and you can see that the cushions are proposed for the full width of the road, but, they will be building the footway out at each speed cushion.  Now while this helps pedestrians to cross the road, what does it do for those of us on bikes?  The buildouts push us out into the road, ie into the motor traffic and then the speed cushion just adds that extra bit of gradient onto what is already quite a steep hill going north.  The council says that the “scheme is aimed at improving road safety by reducing vehicle speeds and discouraging rat-running.”  It certainly doesn’t look as if it will improve road safety for people cycling.  Our response is here: GoBike Consultations Millbrae Road Speed Cushions 21 Dec 2017 and the closing date for comments is next Friday, 29 December, so, if you have time between opening presents and eating mince pies, do please get your comments in to the council on this.

Soon we will be responding to Glasgow’s proposals to “calm” Bredisholm Road in Muirhead/Crosshil, G69 and we have just heard that there are plans afoot for Jura Street, just off Paisley Road West opposite Bellahouston Park (but apparently no cycle highway along Paisley Road West just yet!) and under the City Deal there are proposals for the redevelopment of Collegelands Calton Barras, see:  https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20033  We’ll keep you posted on these.