The Digests are changing! Hopefully, you saw the recent post by Jim Densham, who will now be writing a monthly article about national (Scotland and UK) consultations. These Digests, still to be fortnightly, will concentrate on issues from the Local Authorities where we have members. If you don’t get our blogs direct to your email inbox you can subscribe on the GoBike website home page, joining over 4,000 others who already do so.
From the feature photo with this Digest you will see that it is getting easier to cycle to Paradise! It is also now easier to cycle around George Square with private motor traffic banned from 7am to 7pm and perhaps next year it will be easier, and more interesting, to cycle along the canal at Stockingfield when the new overbridge has been constructed. News on these 3 items is in Section 3.
This Digest continues to promote the Commonplace maps, plus we have an interesting consultation on the Kingston Bridge and a copy of the GoBike submission for Pollok Park, where private cars are back parking irresponsibly.
There has been much publicity about the measures that are required or being considered to cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic and we, the public, have been asked for our views. The format for our views is the Commonplace Map and we feature 2 in this Digest, the one for Glasgow and the one for East Renfrewshire. We must ALL contribute to these maps; we ALL know where changes, big or small, will make cycling better for us all.
Lots and lots of requests for your views in this issue but, before you get your fingers tapping on that keyboard scoot to our very last item for details of how Glasgow got its first community-led pop-up bike lane – a good news story to start and end with.
Quite a bumper bundle for you today, but 2 of our significant concerns have raised their heads again. Firstly, side roads on cycle lanes – we need cycle lanes to continue across side roads, just as in the feature photo with this Digest. If a child in the Netherlands is able to cycle safely across a side road, a child in Glasgow should be able to too. Secondly, contraflow cycling – when cars are going too fast or more on-road parking is needed the first line of response is to make a street one-way, even for bikes. What have we done wrong? Why should we have to make big detours? Do read on for the details of all the current issues.
Here’s a reminder from GoBike member, Bob Downie, about the petition he has lodged with Glasgow City Council:
Next year the TRNSMT Festival will be back in Glasgow Green from the 10-12th July. We wish it every success but there is no reason that the NCR75 cycleway should be shut at the same time. If you live in Glasgow and haven’t got around to signing, then the petition closes on the 28th October. Please sign and pass the link onto your friends and family.
Lets keep NCR75 open at all times. After all, it’s the busiest and best cycleway in Glasgow.
GoBike member, Bob Downie, is very concerned, as are many of us, that the main cycle route by the River Clyde through Glasgow Green is closed during events. He has had a petition approved by Glasgow City Council, which he hopes will reverse this. To quote Bob:
“National Cycle Route 75 (NCR75) where it passes by Glasgow Green is both the busiest and arguably the most pleasant off-road cycle route in Glasgow. However, due to the staging of large events in The Green it can be shut for days on end with poor or negligible diversion signage causing great inconvenience to cyclists. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can have events in the Green without closure of NCR75 If you are a Glasgow resident, please sign this petition to end closure.”
Would you believe it – Glasgow City Council are proposing an arrangement of speed cushions and traffic islands to daunt even the most foolhardy of us, but local residents in Hogganfield are looking for car-free school gates and we counter, again, anti-contraflow cycling moves. Read on for all the details:
We are quite definitely in the traffic calming season, but we also have news of the current Pollok Park consultation and the good news that Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner has expressed support for our opposition to plans for University Avenue – but in news just in, Glasgow City Council maintain their view that there is no space for cycle lanes! Do read on for even more: