Consultation Extra: East Renfrewshire, South Barrhead Transport Accessibility Study, see the plans 24 October 4-8pm

A consultation invitation from East Renfrewshire, sent to us via Twitter:

We want to make travelling within East Ren easier, ensuring communities are connected to services, leisure and jobs. Help identify improvements to transport links in Barrhead on our interactive map  or drop-in to our event at Barrhead Foundry, 24 Oct, 4-8pm

http://www.placecheck.info/barrheadsouth/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn ”

If you live or work, or just visit Barrhead, do please get to the event on Wednesday 24th October, or put your views on the interactive map.

 

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 Extra: Glasgow Battlefield Re-design Event Tuesday 04 September

Further to last November’s public engagement event for proposed public realm works at Battlefield, we would like to make you aware of a drop-in launch event where you can meet the team, share your knowledge, and get more information on the project.

The community-led Street Design project in Battlefield will be held in Glasgow on Tuesday 4th September.  More information as follows: Continue reading “Consultation Extra: Glasgow Battlefield Re-design Event Tuesday 04 September”

Consultation Digest Issue 15, 07 August 2018: Ever had a puncture on Broken Glass? The Deposit Return Scheme Survey may help

It’s been another quiet fortnight on the consultations front but we have a couple of interesting ones for you to respond to. These are the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme and a final push on Pavement Parking from Living Street. We also have a reminder about the Buchanan Wharf development that closes today, and don’t forget the Glasgow North East Active Travel Routes Consultation Event tomorrow.

Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 15, 07 August 2018: Ever had a puncture on Broken Glass? The Deposit Return Scheme Survey may help”

Consultation Extra: Glasgow North East Active Travel Routes consultation event, Wednesday 08 August, 3pm to 7pm

We have recently been informed by one of our members – thanks very much Neil L – of this forthcoming consultation by Glasgow City Council:

“The North East Active Travel Routes consultation can be viewed via this link.

The closing date for consultation will be Wednesday 22 August.

A public drop in session will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday 8 August at Beatroute Arts Centre, 285 Wallacewell Road, G21 3RP.”

Do get along to the event if you can; there’ll be a reminder in next week’s Consultations Digest, and do have a look at the information on-line, using the link above or at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=23027 and https://glasgowgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=97d5df94a910461fb5d450db4863448a

 

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

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

 

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

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

OFFICIAL

Good day

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

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

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

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

  • Garscube Road
  • North Woodside Road crossing at Maryhill Road

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

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

A public drop in session will be held on:

Tuesday 26th June

3:30pm-7pm

Woodside Library, St. George’s Road

G3 6JQ

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Consultation 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.

Consultations Digest Issue 8, Two Busy Thoroughfares Seeking Good Quality Cycle Lanes… and lots more.

 

The junction of Eglinton Street, Nelson Street and Bridge Street is not one for the faint-hearted on a bike, but can it be improved?  See Section 1.1 below.

 

We mentioned both of these last time in Digest 7 but we now have more information on both the  Tradeston / Clyde Place and the High Street / Saltmarket Consultations and we need your help to press for good cycle facilities on these major roads.

We also have a reminder on Queen Margaret Drive (details issued last Thursday), a Glasgow consultation on Public Transport Services, plus one for Water Row in Govan and for parking around Ibrox Stadium, with, finally, just in yesterday, 20mph proposed for Woodside – something for everyone!

1.  Current Consultations

1.1 Tradeston and Clyde Place, Glasgow, closes 04 May, SO PLEASE COMMENT SOON!

 

It is proposed to redevelop the water front area, south of Clyde Place in Tradeston, with Clyde Place losing through traffic. We are concerned about both the maintenance of the excellent, separated cycleway along Clyde Place (part of the South West City Way) but also the council’s failure to direct cycles directly north from Eglinton Street (pictured), to the Glasgow Bridge and on into the city centre.

We have spoken to Glasgow City Council about the plans, see Digest 7 for the links to all the documents, and this plan is the critical one to look at, TRO_2017_013-002 – Clyde Place, Tradeston (Publication) (1 of 2). The information was sent by e-mail and here is the text:

“THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (CLYDE PLACE, TRADESTON), (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT) 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 FAQ’s.  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 4 May 2018 .”

Our letter of comment and partial objection, giving our view is here: GoBike Tradeston Clyde Place comment and partial objection letter 010518

1.2 The High Street and Saltmarket, Glasgow, closes 07 May

https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx5  Annoyingly, from this link one has to click on Current Consultations and work through the list to find the High Street and Saltmarket, but, as many of you will know, the High Street and Saltmarket are in a sorry state, with many shops closing and empty units. It’s a four-lane highway with heavy traffic volumes and no cycle lanes and next to no bus services. Despite this it is busy with buses as First Bus move their buses from the Gorbals depot to start their daily routes outwith the city centre and then bring them back at the end of the shifts. There’s an on-line consultation link from the webpage – do please complete it but we have also submitted this letter: GoBike High Street Saltmarket action plan comments 010518

There is also to be a drop in event on Thursday 03 May, 5 – 7pm at the St Mungo Museum at the top of the High Street near the Cathedral. This was originally to be just for local businesses but has now been opened up to everyone concerned about the area. Get yourself there if you want to know any more about what might happen to the area.

1.3 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, closes 18 May

There was a consultation on options for Queen Margaret Drive last November, and now there’s a further face to face event tomorrow Wednesday 2nd May, as well as an on-line questionnaire. We’ll be at the drop-in event and should be able to get our response out by the time of the next digest on 15 May.

https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1

Here is the wording from the on-line page:

“What do we want to know?

Glasgow City Council is holding an online consultation and walk-in session to assess how we can improve walking and cycling on Queen Margaret Drive.
We are investigating a number of possible options 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 lane

This is to, improve public space, increase the number of cyclists, improve road safety and reduce sustainable transport journey times.

ONLINE CONSULTATION available at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/qmd
PUBLIC DROP IN EVENT (meet the project team) Wednesday 2 May from 3.00pm – 7.00pm at Scout Hall, 76 Kelbourne Street, G20 8PR”

This is important because, as you are probably aware, we are awaiting the imminent public consultation for Byres Road, immediately to the south, and wouldn’t it be good to have continuous cycle facilities that all can use?

1.4 Glasgow Public Transport consultation on-line, closes 11 May

https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1

 

This is one where you can vent your anger at all sorts of things about public transport in Glasgow, so get stuck in!

 

 

1.5  Water Row Masterplan – Public Event, 3-7pm , Thursday 03 May 2018 at the Pearce Institute, Govan. 

Here’s the information we have been sent:

“Please join Collective Architecture and the Masterplan Steering Group on Thursday 3rd May to find out more about the emerging design for Water Row. Development options for the site will be presented to the public for the first time at this event. The different design options have been informed by the huge amount of consultation with local people and groups that has taken place over the last three months and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to date. We are keen to get your views on the design and look of the development at Water Row but also all the uses you’d like to see there and how you feel these new uses and activities could bring real benefits to Govan. This a drop-in event and is free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Public Consultation Event: Thursday 3rd May 2018

3-7pm, Pearce Institute (MacLeod Hall), 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU

If you are looking for more information meantime you can catch up with the Water Row Masterplan Newsletter April 2018. This was delivered to more than 2700 homes in Central Govan during April to help keep everyone up to date.”

One of our committee members, who is also a Sustrans volunteer, has been following developments in Govan and tells us that “This is quite a crucial scheme since it includes the southern landfall of the Partick/Govan Bridge and parts of a traffic free route towards the Southern General. The scheme is specific to the Govan Cross area, and so the amount of cycling infrastructure is small.”

If you live in Govan or hope that the new bridge will help your commute to the area, do please get along to have a look at what is proposed.

1.6  Ibrox Stadium Event Day parking controls.

It seems that many football supporters drive to the game and clog the streets with their cars, so measures are now being taken to limit parking and encourage them onto buses – or even bikes! Here’s what we have just been sent:

“THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL (IBROX STADIUM) (EVENT DAY EMERGENCY ROUTES AND PARKING 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, detailed report and frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions Plan – Area 1 Plan – Area 2 Plan – Area 3 Plan – Area 4 Plan – Area 5 Plan – Area 6 Press Notice Report Statement of Reasons

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 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-ibroxstadium@glasgow.gov.uk by 25 May 2018.”

The plan overview is too large to load onto this site so, if you are interested, you will need to look at the council website listed above. GoBike’s view is generally that parking restrictions, if controlled, which these will be, are a good thing, so unless anyone tells us otherwise, we will probably write in to approve the proposals and perhaps even suggest that this gives the opportunity to give the good people of Ibrox some cycle lanes. We’d certainly love to see some on Paisley Road West.

1.7 20mph limit proposed for Woodside, closes 15 June

Just in yesterday from Glasgow City Council, another bit of the city is to get the very welcome 20 limit, but will it be enforced?  Here’s the information from the City Council:

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

Dear Sir / Madam

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (Woodside), (20mph SPEED LIMIT ZONE) ORDER 201_

 The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order. Please find enclosed a copy of the notice of the proposed Order, relevant maps, statement of reasons and detailed report.  Advert  Draft Report- Mandatory 20mph TRO – Woodside  Plan 1-1  Statement of Reasons 

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 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,  15 June 2018.”

We’ll be looking at this and drawing up our response in time for the next digest on 15 May.

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That’s it this time – no feedback, no news of consultations in the pipeline – although the long-awaited parking controls for the bit of Dowanhill not yet covered will be rolling off the drawing board soon.

And keep your peely eyes out for movement on Byres Road. We may well need your help at short notice if things don’t look great for active travel there, and we expect that to be very soon.

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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!