The one hundredth issue of the Digest is perhaps a moment to reflect on what’s happened in the past nearly four years. While things could always be better, there is more cycling infrastructure in place now than there was then. Projects like Spaces for People, Connecting Woodside or the East Kilbride Active Travel Network have gone in the ground (even if the rest of the South City Way hasn’t).
Around three quarters of those issues were written by the previous editor, Tricia Fort, who deserves a lot of credit for establishing the Digest (especially as it used to cover national issues too). Digest 1 in January 2018 mentioned work starting on the Sauchiehall St Avenue, just as events are due for the next phase along the precinct…
Glasgow Avenues consultation events:
Provisional plans seen by GoBike didn’t match current standards in the updated Cycling by Design guidelines. Please attend if you can to speak up for better quality cycle lanes.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 100, 25 November 2021”
A bear on a bike in the Square.
The route of the March for Climate Justice on Saturday 6 November started on Kelvin Way and passed more Spaces for People measures in George Square. An order has come out to help make the temporary Spaces for People measures around the square permanent.
The march couldn’t get anywhere near the COP26 venue at the SEC. It has just lodged a planning application for its sometimes public cycle/footbridge. Looking further to the future, this Digest also includes two long term strategies for Glasgow and another for South Ayrshire.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 99, 11 November 2021”
Locked in discussion?
Cycle parking is one of the topics in this Digest – the bike park inside Cadogan Square multi-storey car park (pictured, above) says something about the state of current facilities. Also, it contrasts with some of the points in Glasgow’s latest consultations; including about where cycling really sits in the transport hierarchy.
As shared paths are blocked around that big climate conference, there are question marks about whether the message on sustainable transport will get through. Drafts of two major strategies could set the tone for Glasgow in the next decade – both the Active Travel Strategy and Transport Strategy just happen to be out for consultation during COP26.
There are seven consultations for neighbouring areas but Glasgow will be hogging the headlines for the next few weeks. GoBike is running a ‘feeder ride’ from Lanarkshire in to the main climate demo on Sat 6 November. See other rides from around the city and beyond on Pedal on Parliament’s COP26 feeder rides page.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 98, 28 October 2021”
Ta-ra to Tuesdays.
The cut-down Digest will continue on Thursdays.
There is obviously quite a lot happening around Glasgow just now as well as a few consultations each for East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Argyll & Bute.
Glasgow Transport Strategy: Policy Framework – following on from previous consultations last year.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 97, 14 October 2021”
Less wordy on a Thursday.
The cut-down Digest continues in its new Thursday slot. Also, contents links have been reinstated.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 96, 30 September 2021”
- Two Liveable Neighbourhood pilots have started with two to follow – Dennistoun to Cranhill and Greater Govan to Kingston.
- Glasgow’s draft Active Travel Strategy goes to council committee next week with consultation to follow.
Easier to Digest?
You’ll notice some changes to this Digest to make it quicker to read (and for your author to produce). This has been dictated by circumstances (lack of holiday cover). However, it will act as a pilot and some aspects may be retained longer term.
This slimmed down version of the Digest is based loosely on a ‘listings’ directory and removes the (usually empty) ‘Forthcoming consultations’ section. In future, if anything is forthcoming it will be mentioned in this intro, as follows.
Forthcoming consultations: Liveable Neighbourhoods pilot areas – consultation expected within the next month or so.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 95, 16 September 2021”
Consultations baton change.
As the 2020 Paralympics take place in Tokyo, how is Glasgow looking towards its own global event: COP26? Currently, the city council has a new, short notice consultation about suspending public access rights. You may have seen GoBike banners on the subject or media coverage of support from Scotland’s new Active Travel minister – Green MSP, Patrick Harvie. It’s also a last call for the survey on Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone.
It’s a final fling for a handful of consultations around Glasgow (and one in Renfrewshire). There’s a bit longer for a few others – a new survey on secure cycle parking in the city centre and the last leg of East Dunbartonshire’s Active Travel Discussion.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 94, 31 August 2021”
Consultations from around Glasgow.
This Digest covers most points of the compass in Glasgow and neighbouring areas to the west, south and east.
Quite a few local and national petitions have been launched recently so this Digest has an update on those (instead of infrastructure).
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 93, 17 August 2021”
Consultations dropping in from around Glasgow.
This Digest comes after Great Britain & Northern Ireland won a handful of cycling medals at Toyko 2020. One was for mountain biking while the rest were in BMX (where Sir Chris Hoy started). Both are covered by the Velo Park proposal from North Lanarkshire Council (but NLC have dropped the cycleway to Motherwell train station). There are also several consultations for East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow plus one for East Renfrewshire.
The ban on pavement parking was made law in the Scottish Parliament in 2019. Last year, GoBike wondered when it would come into force (Digest 65, Item 3.4) – it seems it’s due to be 2023. Living Streets want you to write to your MSPs about bringing it forward.
People of all abilities can cycle at facilities run by Freewheel North – who are trying to fundraise just now, in case you want to contribute.
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 92, 3 August 2021”
Consultations around the edge of Glasgow (and city centre parking).
There’s plenty in this Digest despite it being holiday time, with weather to match for a change (in Glasgow Fair!).
This issue is mostly about the fringes – both inside and outside the city boundary; in more and less deprived areas. It’s also about city centre parking and emissions, which is often linked to people driving in from areas around the edge of Glasgow.
The Infrastructure Update has a bit more from north and east but also a project from the West End, just in case anyone’s getting withdrawal symptoms…
Continue reading “Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 91, 20 July 2021”