Consultation Extra – first chance to comment on the ARGYLE STREET AVENUE, Glasgow

 

 

Yes, plans are afoot for the Argyle Street Avenue, see:  http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/7475/Argyle_Street_%E2%80%98Avenue%E2%80%99_consultation_gets_underway.html  which contains, as well as the background details, this information:

 

On Street Consultation Schedule
 
Friday 15th June – 10am – 2pm – Argyle St at Buchanan St
Friday 15th June – 2pm – 6pm – Hielanman’s Umbrella
 
Saturday 16th June – 10am – 2pm – St Enoch Sq
Saturday 16th June – 2pm – 6pm – Trongate
 
Sunday 17th June – 10am – 2pm – Trongate
For the latest updates check twitter @GlasgowCC as this schedule may be subject to change at short notice”

The article also states that “the project will examine public demand for walking and cycling provision” but as you can see from their photo, which we have reproduced above, they already show bikes pushed to the side with people walking, not a good situation.  Argyle Street is a core path, so let’s make sure for all of us who cycle there that we get good cycle lanes.

 

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 Extra! Glasgow’s SOUTH CITY WAY events Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May

News just in: The Traffic Regulation Order for the southern part of the South City Way, the latest flagship cycle route from Glasgow City Council is now out.  The 5 associated documents are below, but there are to be 2 public consultation events on Monday 15 May and Tuesday 16 May.

Monday, 3pm – 6:45pm, Conference Room, Govanhill Housing
Association,Samaritan House,
79 Coplaw Street, Glasgow, G42 7JG

Tuesday, 3pm – 7pm, Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS

See these documents for further details: Spring 2018 Consultations – SCW A3 poster  Residents letter May 2018 consultations

The TRO documents are here: 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

We will be reminding you of this TRO consultation, which closes on 22 June, in our next Consultations Digest, out next Tuesday, but do please have a look at the documents, see if they match up to expectations and, if you can, get along to at least one of the 2 public consultation events.

Join Ziya as he cycles for Amnesty from Land’s End to John O’Groats, staying with a GoBike member on the way

Ziya Kocabiyik, originally from Turkey, but currently living in Chelmsford, near London, is a member of Amnesty International and has set off today, 04 May, to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise awareness of human rights issues in Turkey. When he arrives just south of Glasgow next Wednesday, 09 May, Ziya will be met in Hamilton by GoBike and Amnesty member, Jimmy Keenan, with whom he will be staying the night, in Uddingston, before cycling the 130 miles to Fort William on the 10th.

It would be great if people could join Ziya for a mile or two to cheer him on his way.  Here’s some information that Ziya has sent:

I have attached some maps and time and meeting locations.  In addition to attached maps, on 9th May, my cycling starts from Carlisle all the way to Glasgow. Before reaching Hamilton, I will be using road B7078 all the way from Uddington (near Douglas) up to Hamilton. I am planning to pass Uddington around at 2.45pm. Please let me know if anyone wants to join me that we can fix a location to meet.
 
Nejdet: 07491 369 298 This is my friend who will be escorting me during the ride with his car. I might not able to answer any call, but people can reach him and found out my whereabouts.”

And here’s some information from Jimmy: “Since he is by-passing Glasgow I thought some of us might like to join him on a small part of his journey. I understand that work and other commitments and timing  will make it difficult for many to be there but it would be great to have some kind of presence from Clarion and other potential A.I. supporters.Ziya and I will be at The War Memorial at the park on Bothwell Road, Hamilton, directly across from Hamilton Park Racecourse at 4pm. on Wednesday 9th. May.

He will stop off for the night in Uddingston and all present are welcome to a wee drink and a blether with Ziya at my house.

On Thursday 10th. May he sets off from Uddingston at 8am. on his way cycling 130 miles to Fort William. I will accompany him as far as Lenzie (if he can wait for me). We leave Uddingston from my house – very close to the cycle route junction of the NCR 74 and NCR 75. I do hope some can manage to join us, either on the Wed evening or on the Thurs. morning.

If anyone needs more details please email me, jadeekee@hotmail.com or ‘phone me at 01698 814824″.

Consultation Extra: Queen Margaret Drive, Public Exhibition and Consultation, Wednesday 02 May

 

Just in from Glasgow City Council:

“OFFICIAL

Following on from the preliminary design community consultation event held in November for Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow City Council (GCC) are taking forward a project to enhance walking and cycling provision in the area in order to refine a design option favored by the public to progress with a TRO for the area.

GCC will be holding a second public engagement event with a supplementary online survey to gather comments. Options will be presented for the junctions/ crossing at:

  • Queen Margret Road/ Kelvin Drive and
  • Hotspur Street/ Kelvinside Avenue

The main feature not being taken forward is the closure of Queen Margaret Road which was not favoured by the public at the initial consultation.

The main elements aims to improve the environment for cyclists, pedestrians, local residents and businesses. New designs could see the implementation of:

  • Improved paths
  • Improved pedestrian crossings
  • Reallocation of road space.
  • cycle lanes

The consultation will allow acceptable designs to progress in order to achieve match funding from Sustrans in 2018/19.

A public drop in session will be held on:

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

3pm-7pm

76 Kelbourne Scout Hall

Kelbourne Street

G20 8PR

Information and an online survey will be available and will be live from 25th April 2018 for a period of 4 weeks. The survey will be available at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/qmd.

The closing date for consultation will be the 18th May.

I trust this is of assistance; however, should you require any further information, please contact Sustainabletransport@glasgow.gov.uk

OFFICIAL”

Please do look at this.  Queen Margaret Drive continues south into Byres Road and we thus have the potential for a continuous route from Maryhill Road down to Partick, but we do need to make our voices heard!

Consultations Digest, Issue 6, 03 April 2018, THE FULL VERSION! Are cycle lanes where they are needed, see Item 1.4

Three new consultations for this fortnight, all in Glasgow. The first is for Glasgow’s ‘The Park Conservation Area’ taking in Kelvingrove Park and surrounding areas, the second, with more opportunity to raise the profile of active travel, is for the High Street / Saltmarket area of the city, pictured here, and the third is on parking controls in the Kelvingrove area. As GoBike we have now submitted responses to the Jura Street and Scotstoun /Jordanhill requests for views.  Both of these consultations are still open for you to get your responses in.

1.  Current Consultations

1.1  Draft Park Conservation Area Appraisal, Glasgow, closes 24 May

The very smart area in the West End, inhabited by some of our members, The Park, is being consulted on here:  https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1 It’s all very nice, but there isn’t any mention of cycling and there is room for improvement in the area, so do please get your ideas in.  Consultation opened 29 March and closes 24 May.

1.2  Glasgow High Street/Saltmarket Action Plan, closes 07 May

This is one that we need to comment on!  The critical section on the Public Realm starts on page 9 of the word document that you will find here: https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx

We have the welcome statement “A street audit has been commissioned from the organisation Living Streets, who champion the pedestrian experience, and the associated draft report will be produced by April 2018″  Living Streets are involved in many active travel forums.

We learn that High Street Station is to be improved and made DDA compliant which will certainly help anyone trying to get their bike to or from a train, however, there’s not one mention of cycling in the document. There is reference to all the road junctions and the quote “The adjacent Argyle Street Avenue project will also explore public realm solutions for the area around Glasgow Cross.”

Consultation opened 26 March and closes 07 May.  If you have views please get them in and if there is anyone interested in helping to form the GoBike response, please e-mail consultations@gobike.org and we’ll pool our ideas.

1.3  Scotstoun / Jordanhill car parking controls, closes 16 April

This consultation was featured last time but is open for responses until Monday 16 April and our letter, going in today, is here: GoBike Scotstoun Jordanhill Parking letter 030418  Not surprising to us, the view in the Highway Code is not to park within 10m of a road junction and Glasgow City Council propose to put down double yellow lines to reinforce that.  This consultation closes on Monday 16 April so still time for you to respond, see: www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro.

1.4 Jura Street, proposed cycle lanes, closes 06 April

This on-line consultation closes on 06 April so get your views in quick.  The proposal is for a much needed dropped kerb at the north end to access the subway under the M8, then for a segregated cycle lane most of the way to Paisley Road West, with several options for the last wee bit.  The traffic lights will be altered at Paisley Road West with improved access to Bellahouston Park.  All this for a quiet road, albeit one that people use to access the new hospital in Govan – however, we hear a whisper that GCC might be looking for funding for cycling on Paisley Road West!  Wouldn’t that be good.

The letter we have submitted today is here: GoBike Jura Street comments letter 030418  It is important to get your views in for this consultation as, depending which option is selected, there might not be the requirement for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).  If there’s no TRO, there’s no need for public consultation, we were told at the consultation event last week.

1.5  The UK Government has called for evidence on cycle safety, closes 01 June

One of our members managed to find the closing date for this consultation, which we mentioned last time, and it’s 01 June. They also told us of this document that you might be interested in to aid your response: A personal injury expert has backed   Enforcement is the key, though.

1.6  THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (KELVINGROVE), (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_  closes 11 April

Parking changes are proposed for these streets: Corunna Street, Minerva Street, Minerva Way, St Vincent Crescent, St Vincent Crescent Lane and West Greenhill Place, so if you are concerned about parking on these streets, have a look at these documents: Kelvingrove (TRO-2017-016) – 001 – Publication Notice of Proposals (Press Notice) Report Statement of Reasons and get your views to saferparking@glasgow.gov.uk by 11 April.  You can also see the documents at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/saferparking

Given that parked cars take up the space where we would normally cycle, it’s important to see how this affects you.

2. Upcoming Consultations

Nothing new for you at the moment.

3. Consultation Feedback

Two members of the GoBike committee recently had a tour around Fastlink, the Festival Park and the exit from the southbound Clyde tunnel with representatives from Glasgow City Council.  They were disappointed with an apparent lack of concern shown about the Clyde Arc (Squinty) Bridge traffic arrangements, the so-called “cycling improvements” on the Brand Street, Lorne Street and Govan Road quiet streets, and the very poor, in fact hazardous, exit arrangements from the southbound Clyde Tunnel.  Most of this work was brought in with no consultation, we were told that none was required as there was no Traffic Regulation Order.  We also discovered recently that the south footway adjacent to the Fastlink lanes near the BBC has now been redetermined for dual use.  So you can now legally cycle on the footway – next to the almost empty Fastlink lanes!  We will be putting our views in writing to the council and we’ll publish the letter in a future digest.

Until then, get your consultation views in, and thanks!

Apologies for the previous, truncated post; this was caused by serious difficulties with my internet provider.

 

 

Consultations Digest, Issue 5, 20 March 2018: UK and Glasgow consultations in this issue.

Yes, we’ve a UK government request for your views in this issue, so do get your responses in. They say that they want more of us out on our bikes or walking so here’s your opportunity to tell them what needs to be done to facilitate that.  See section 1.3 below.

1.  Current Consultations

1.1  Scotstoun / Jordanhill car parking controls

We have received this information:

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

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  These documents describe the proposals, which are, essentially, to restrict parking at the corners of Abbey Drive, Airthrey Avenue, Angle Gate, Balshagray Avenue, Beresford Avenue, Cluny Villas, Danes Drive, Davidson Gardens, Eastcote Avenue, Essex Drive, Manor Road, Mitre Road, Orleans Avenue, Orleans Lane,
St.Kilda Drive, Scotstoun Stadium Access Road, Tudor Road, Vancouver Road, Varna Road, Victoria Park Drive North, Westbrae Drive, Westland Drive.

scotstoun jordanhill tro   11.3 Scotstoun-Jordanhill-NoticeOfProposals-220x85mm-RTO  09.01 – Draft Report  08.01 – Statement of Reasons

The first 2 of these documents are the more informative, i.e. a plan of the street corners to be covered by the ban on parking in this residential area where the majority of properties have good off-street parking and the notice that will go into the press.

There is a welcome statement in the draft report that GCC have a policy to “Progressively extend controls on on-road parking throughout the city.”

“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 saferparking@glasgow.gov.uk by Monday 16th April 2018.”

While the Council only refer to objections, they do welcome messages of support and this very sensible measure is of the type that GoBike supports.  So if you wish to cycle, or walk, round this area of the city with more visibility of oncoming traffic at road junctions, please write in to voice your support for this proposal.

1.2  Jura Street, proposed cycle lanes

The on-line consultation for the proposals here is now open until 06 April, and here’s the link: www.glasgow.gov.uk/jurastreet  It would be useful to take some time to look at this so that you will be well-informed for the public event in Bellahouston – see 2.2 below.

1.3  The UK Government has called for evidence on cycle safety.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-call-for-evidence-on-cycle-safety
and here’s the further link to the consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy-cwis-safety-review
The UK government has put a very positive line out on this, so do please respond. Although transport is devolved to the Scottish Government, the legislation surrounding it is reserved, so it is important that as many of us as possible as respond.  The on-line response is easy to do so please get your views in if you can – it includes among other things, opportunities to call for enforcement of current traffic legislation and the retesting of drivers who lose their licences.  Consultation opened on 09 March and there’s no obvious closing date but if you’re going to respond we recommend you do so before you forget!

2.  Upcoming Consultations

2.1  Byres Road

Members of the GoBike committee and Space For People Byres Road attended a stakeholders event to see the proposals, under City Deal funding, for Byres Road last Tuesday.  We’re sworn to secrecy for the time being, but word is probably getting out that the current proposals as they stand will not make Byres Road the jewel in Glasgow’s cycling crown.  Public consultation will be held at both Partick and Hillhead libraries next month; dates to be announced, and we’ll keep you informed of any updates.

2.2  Jura Street

The drop-in event for members of the public to see the proposals and talk to council staff will now be held on Tuesday 27 March from 3pm to 7pm at the Palace of Art, Bellahouston Park, 1121 Paisley Road West – you will need to keep your wits about you on the way though, Paisley Road West is one of the heaviest cycled routes in the city and not a cycle lane to its name!

3.  Consultation Feedback

No feedback to report this fortnight but do respond to the consultations above for Scotstoun / Jordanhill and the UK government’s request for views on cycle safety, and visit the Palace of Art, for its architecture at least!

Consultations Digest Issue 2, 06 February 2018 – Byres Road to the Barras to Kirkintilloch

      

We have reduction in quantity but a considerable increase in interest in the consultations in this issue of our digest.  Read on:

1.  Current Consultations

Byres Road

In our first digest we told you that we were meeting the consultants who are working on the Byres Road redevelopment.  On 24 January Laura Scott-Simmons (of Benson Scott-Simmons) and Brian Deegan, who has worked on cycle schemes in London, talked us through their current proposals.  They are meeting with interested parties before going to public consultation and we were pleased to have been involved.

However, while there is a firm resolve to improve on the left hand image, and a need to keep the event space, as per the right hand image, we aren’t convinced that the outcome will suit us all.  We have, after some very vigorous discussion, submitted our views, and our friends and GoBike members at Space For People Byres Road, who also attended the meeting, will also be submitting theirs.

As soon as we know when the next stage of public consultation is, we’ll let you know.

Port Dundas Controlled Parking Zone

Note that we did not respond to this.  We did not receive any views for or against the changes so let this one go.

2. Upcoming Consultations

Kirkintilloch – Catherine Street Junction

We are aiming to get updates from East Dunbartonshire Council but prominent on their website is this forthcoming consultation about the Catherine Street Junction in Kirkintilloch:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/news/consultation-potential-options-catherine-street-junction

Drop-in consultation sessions are being held on Thurs-Sat 15th-17th February between 9am and 5pm at 46 Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HN (the premises formerly occupied by The Old Sweetie Shop).

Information on two potential layouts to reintroduce traffic signals at the Catherine Street junction will be available at the sessions and online between 15 and 22 February at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/consultations

If you cycle, walk or drive in Kirkintilloch please do try to visit this exhibition and get your views in.  There is obviously a lot of concern about shared spaces and it’s likely the voices of those favouring the car may be in the majority.

Glasgow East – Calton Barras Meatmarket proposed redevelopment  

One of our members, who lives in Dennistoun, told us about this ongoing consultation and there’s a link to information on the Glasgow City Council website  Although we weren’t all aware of the public consultation event in December, we are on the case now and will keep you updated.  We need good cycle routes in from the east end of the city, so if you live in Calton or Dennistoun, or travel through, do keep your eyes open for more news on this.

3.  Consultations Feedback

You might remember that just before Christmas we responded to the proposal from Glasgow City Council to formalise the one way system on Edgehill Road from Woodcroft Avenue to Beechwood Drive further to the redevelopment of Broomhill Primary School.  We support this provided bikes are exempt, ie contraflow is allowed to encourage cycle use.  We have had an acknowledgement that responses are being reviewed.

We hope that you all have responded to our post of 25 January, Help The Fight Against Glasgow’s Most Polluted Streets?  Councillor Martha Wardrop (Green Party) has replied to say “When the committee meets in March to determine the details of the LEZ, I will support the inclusion of all vehicles (and not just some buses) in the Zone. I support buses, vans and lorries included by the end of 2018.”  So do keep writing to those councillors!

Campaigners Day Comes to Glasgow

Cycle campaigners gather!  We are in for a special treat as the annual Walk Cycle Vote Campaigners Day of training and networking is coming to Glasgow and coming very soon.

WCV in conjunction with us here at GoBike are hosting a day packed full of speakers, workshops, panels and even a lunch (phew) on Saturday 3rd March at the Whisky Bond at Port Dundas. This is a great opportunity for any of our members to find out more about campaigning, develop the skills you’re already putting in place, or to help you take your first step towards getting involved in positive action.

Word on the street is that some of our very own GoBike members will be hosting workshops and there will be presentations from Councillor Anna Richardson, John Howie from NHS Health Scotland and many more.

It’s free to attend (although contributions are welcomed) but please do register in advance here on Eventbrite.

See you all there!