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 16, 21 August 2018: Activity in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland and the UK

The schools are back, the roads are busy, but unfortunately not many parents and carers cycle with their children to school, so do please respond to the Glasgow North East Travel Routes Consultation that closes tomorrow and the other consultations listed that will make it easier for us all to get around by bike. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 16, 21 August 2018: Activity in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland and the UK”

Consultation Digest Issue 14, 14 July 2018: Holiday time but do respond to the Lennoxtown plan and support the South West City Way with the new development on Clyde Place

For this fortnight we have good news for Lennoxtown as a draft place plan consultation reaches us – but do they go far enough for active travel? We also have some of the detail for the development at Clyde Place, Tradeston, now to be known as Buchanan Wharf. In other news we also have some interesting feedback from Glasgow City Council, and Sustrans are undertaking a review on the National Cycle Network. Other than that been it’s very quiet, giving us time to get out and cycle. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 14, 14 July 2018: Holiday time but do respond to the Lennoxtown plan and support the South West City Way with the new development on Clyde Place”

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

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

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

Consultation 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 10, 30 May 2018, Byres Road and lots lots more!

Yes, as you probably know, the Byres Road consultation has started (see below (1.9)) and we are extremely disappointed.And there’s loads more in this digest. Parking controls in Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West, and near Lenzie Station – calling all residents of those areas for comments!  20mph areas – we have our response to Woodside and news of the Calton Barras proposal for just east of the City Centre. The city centre is already a 20mph zone, but why doesn’t anyone let the motor drivers know? There’s also news of moves to change the road layout at the SEC in Glasgow, with not a thought to those of us who go by bike, and furthermore, we will be suggesting Dutch-style roundabout layouts for Spiersbridge and Eastwood Toll roundabouts in East Renfrewshire. Please read on:

1. Current Consultations – In date order for responses

1.1 Celtic Park and Emirates Arena Event Day Parking Controls, closes 01 June

We told you about this one in our last Digest, see: Digest 9 and here’s the letter we have sent in: GoBike Celtic Park Event parking letter 290518  We are hoping that they might just use the reduction in traffic on London Road to widen the footways and extend the existing short segregated cycleway from Bridgeton back into the city and east out to what some know as paradise!

1.2 Dangerous roundabouts in East Renfrewshire, closes 04 June

This was in last time too (see: Digest 9 ), and it’s been suggested that we propose a Dutch-style roundabout arrangement for each location (see a proposed layout for Eastwood Toll above), with each car lane separated from the adjacent one as it approaches and leaves the roundabout, to allow people walking or cycling to cross one lane at a time. Roundabouts are particularly treacherous for cycling and these sorts of measures are needed if they are to be improved.  Below is a similar layout for the Spiersbridge roundabout.

To help understand how a Dutch style roundabout works, here’s a link to a description with a video further down explaining it all!  https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/explaining-the-dutch-roundabout-abroad/

1.3 Glasgow Woodside proposed 20mph zone, closes 15 June

This has been in the last two digests (see: Digest 8 and Digest 9 ) and here’s our response: GoBike Woodside 20mph response 290518

1.4 Introduction of Traffic Management and Parking Restrictions in Lenzie, closes 15 June

Back in April and mentioned in our (Digest 7) there was consultation on the East Dunbartonshire Council website about proposed parking restrictions around Lenzie Station. EDC have now issued by paper post, the formal Traffic Regulation Order (see EDC Lenzie Station parking ) and we’ll be responding favourably. We feel this brings in sensible restrictions, such as parking at, or opposite junctions (ie those areas banned for parking in the Highway Code), but do let us know if there are concerns about any of this, and do get your views in as per the letter from EDC.

1.5 Scottish Exhibition Centre, TRO amendment, moving the Taxi Rank and altering the road layout, closes 15 June

Here’s a brand new one, with the e-mail we were sent on 23 June:

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) (Traffic Regulation) Order 2009 (Amendment No.1)

 The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, and detailed report.  Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Projects Manager, Project Management and Design, Land & Environmental Services, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX or by e-mail to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 15th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

Here are the documents: Press Notice of the Proposed Order  Public Consultation  Report Statement of Reasons Revised TRO Drawing

We objected quite strenuously back in the day when the awful one-way system was brought in around the SEC, so please look at this and let us have your views – does it improve things for cycling or not?  We’ve had a look and here’s our proposal worked up by one of our members. We’ve not yet sent this in, but feel it’s much better than currently proposed.

1.6 Glasgow South City Way Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) closes 22 June

Here’s an email that we got from Glasgow City Council on 08 May. Sorry about the delay in publishing it, but it was overtaken by our Tea Break event on Saturday 12 May and the two SCW related consultation events on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May.

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

 Dear Sir/Madam

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (SOUTH CITY WAY)(VICTORIA ROAD / POLLOKSHAWS ROAD) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons and report.  Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Group Manager, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or email land@glasgow.gov.uk and it must be received by Friday 22nd June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

Here are the documents that are referred to: TS-5056-M-000-P-039A-TRO  TS-5056-M-000-P-038A-TRO  SCW_Pressadvert_08May18  SCW TRO report  SCW (Victoria Rd _ Pollokshaws Rd)_SOR

Our response hasn’t been submitted yet, but based on our attendance at the consultation event on Monday 14 May we are quite happy with what is proposed. There’s still plenty of time to get your views in, so please do. We hope that you will support this segregated cycle route, the first in Glasgow along a high street environment.

1.7 Calton Barras, proposed 20mph zone, closes 22 June

The 20mph net is extending, and this time it connects to the City Centre 20mph zone, which is a plus.  Let’s hope, over two years since the signage went in for the city centre, that when it extends out along the Gallowgate and London Road we get some enforcement!

Here’s the e-mail we were sent on 23 May:

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

 Dear Sir or Madam,

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (CALTON BARRAS) (20mph ZONE) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.  Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons and detailed report. Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure & Environment, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to land@glasgow.gov.uk by Friday 22nd June 2018

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

And here are the documents: CaltonBarras-20mphZones-Advert  Plan_P-5138-0000-01-TRO  Draft_Report  Calton_Barras_20mph_Zone_SOR

Our reply will probably be along the same lines as our Woodside response, although we do think zebra crossings should be put in across Greendyke Street to help active travellers cross into Glasgow Green, but do let us know if you have any concerns.

1.9 Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill West, Glasgow,proposed parking controls, closes 27 June

This hasn’t been out long and we are looking for views from people who live in the area please.  Will it improve matters for active travel and residents?  Here’s the e-mail we received on 23 May:

Subject: FW: (THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL (HYNDLAND, HUGHENDEN AND DOWANHILL WEST) (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_
Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 15:37:06 +0000
From:

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

 Dear Sir / Madam,

THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL, (HYNDLAND, HUGHENDEN AND DOWANHILL WEST), (TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PARKING CONTROLS) ORDER 201_

The Council propose to consider the introduction of the above named Traffic Regulation Order.

Please find enclosed a copy of the press notice of the proposed Order, relevant map, statement of reasons, detailed report and FAQs.

Details of the proposals will also be available on the Glasgow City Council website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/saferparking from 9.00am on Thursday 24 May 2018.

As stated in the attached documentation, any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the ground for their objection in writing to Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services, Exchange House, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX or by email to saferparking@glasgow.gov.uk by Monday 25 June 2018 .

Yours faithfully

Andy Waddell, Head of Infrastructure and Environment, Land and Environmental Services”

and here are the relevant documents:

 

TRO_2015_004-003 Hyndland, Hughenden & Dowanhill West (Publication) 2 of…  11.01 – Publication of Proposals – Press Notice – FINAL (ADVERTISED 24.0…  09.02 – Frequently Asked Questions  09.01 – Draft Report  08 – Statement of Reason  If you need a better copy of the first 2 documents you will need to go to the city council website – they were too large for our wordpress site and we have adapted them.

We are generally in favour of controlling parking, but if you live or work in this area do let us know what you think.

1.9 Byres Road, Glasgow, closes 27 June

So public consultation for Byres Road has finally been released for one of its final stages. We have been along and spoken to the staff at the first public consultation event at Partick Library on 24 May, and others will be at the Hillhead Library event on 31 May (3-7pm) but it is not what we had hoped for.  We are not alone either. Here are some thoughts from GoBike mini-campaign Space for People Byres Road:  https://space4peoplebyresroad.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/emperors-new-paving/  and the Glasgow Greens have also published their view here:  https://greens.scot/glasgow/news/9-million-byres-road-plans-risk-a-missed-opportunity-14892

Here is the information we received notifying us of the Consultation:

Public consultation on design proposals for the future of Byres Road will begin next week

The consultation will run from Wednesday 23 May until Wednesday 27 June

Proposals will be on display online at www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations and in Partick and Hillhead Library throughout that period.  There will be drop­-in events from 3-7pm on Thursday 24 May (Partick Library) and 3-7pm on Thursday 31 May (Hillhead Library) where council officers will be on hand to answer any queries about the proposals.

From next Wednesday, to take part in the consultation -­ or to find out more about the proposals -­ please visit Glasgow City Council’s online consultation hub at www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations

Byres Road will be transformed through a multi­million pound public realm project ­- funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal -­ that will redesign the street to create a more attractive environment that benefits those who live, work and shop in the area.

The design proposals include widened footways, improved surfaces, reduced street clutter, pavement seating and safe cycle routes.

Participation in the consultation is either online or through hard copies at both Hillhead Library and Partick Library, and there will be the opportunity to view the design proposals at both libraries.

The design proposals have been developed after a number of very well­-attended consultation events in recent years, with representation from local residents, businesses and community groups.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said:

“Byres Road is a key location and destination for Glaswegians and our visitors, and is an important part of the city’s economy day and night. Given its importance, we very much want to hear the thoughts of everyone with an interest in the area and so we would like to see as many people as possible taking part in this consultation. This is your chance to help shape how Byres Road will look and work in the future.”

Construction work on the Byres Road project will begin in the autumn of 2019.”

And here’s the official photo of this “utopia”, though you will see from the view at the beginning of this Digest that we don’t see it as quite as peaceful.

Our members have been out on the street, online and in the media making the point that Paint is Not Protection. We are busy working up our official response and will put that out for you very shortly.

 

2 Upcoming Consultations

2.1 Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, Cycle Village Events, 09 and 13 June

This was in the last Digest (see Digest 9) but don’t forget that there are two consultation events at Bike for Good, Kelvinhaugh Road on 9th and 13th of June, see: https://yokecoco.wordpress.com/cycle-village-proposal/ for details.

2.2 East Dunbartonshire Council’s Land Planning Policy Team Newsletter

General information about how EDC will be moving: EDC LDP Newsletter 47 – May 2018

3 Consultation Feedback

3.1 Clyde Place and Tradeston – ongoing.

In our last digest (see Digest 9) we published the response to our letter of 01 May GoBike Tradeston Clyde Place comment and partial objection letter 010518 and you will have seen this photo in that digest:

 

We have responded vigorously to the City Council’s claim that there is no capacity for a cycle way on Bridge Street, see: Reply to LES response of 11 May, 170518

We hope that there will be a positive outcome.

 

 

3.2 Battlefield Junction

We have seen word from Councillor Anna Richardson on social media that Sustrans funding has been secured for the Battlefield Rest junction, following recent public consultations. We are delighted by this news and are hopeful that this could lead to a link up with the nearby South City Way. We are yet to receive official notification of this but have been told that the redesign will bring improvements for walking, cycling and public transport, and extend towards Victoria Road, Langside Monument and Holmlea Road. The initial consultation and design phase will be starting soon and last a year.

Thanks for reading and until next time digest friends, get those consultation fingers wagging!

Consultations Digest Issue 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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Better buses in Scotland: call for help from FoE and Get Glasgow Moving

Please help our friends in Friends of the Earth and Get Glasgow Moving to get better bus services in Scotland; a better bus service means fewer people feel they need to get cars, so more room for bikes on the road and less pollution.  PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO ADD YOUR SUPPORT.  It’s quick and easy to do.  The information that follows is from Friends of the Earth:

Scotland’s bus sector is in crisis. 

In the last decade, bus companies have cut routes by a fifth and increased fares by a huge 50%. This dramatic deterioration is preventing people accessing basic services like hospitals and job centres, causing social isolation and inequality. It is also increasing the dominance of cars, exacerbating toxic air pollution and climate emissions.

Apart from Lothian Buses and a few other exceptions, most of Scotland’s buses are privately run, and all too often profit is put before people. Under public ownership and well-designed franchise models, profits from busy bus routes can be reinvested back into expanding the public transport network, improving reliability and reducing fares.

The Government wants your views about whether to shift the balance of power away from private companies and towards public bodies. 

Take your chance to demand Local Transport Authorities are granted the powers necessary to run their own bus companies, or failing this, to operate well regulated franchises.

It’s time for a decent, fully-integrated, accessible and affordable public transport network for everyone in Scotland. Take action today.

This will be a response to the official consultation on improving local bus services and is supported by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Get Glasgow Moving, Unison, and Unite Community. You can read the full consultation document here.

 

 

Councillor Tour 10, Govan, Ward 5 with Councillor Allan Young (Green Party), 11 November 2017

On Saturday 11th November 2017, GoBike members Bob Downie and Andy Winter, and Rumina Kakati (who leads rides enjoyed by new, nervous and lapsed cyclists) met with Allan Young, the Green councillor for Govan ward, to go on a tour of some of the cycle facilities in the ward. Committee member Brenda Lillicrap organised the ride but was prevented from doing all but the start of the tour by a puncture.  We were delighted that Allan was available to come out with us and hope that the other three ward councillors will be able to come for a similar tour in future. The invitation remains open . Our route took us out and back from Cessnock subway station, past Bell’s Bridge, the Science Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Govan centre, all the while critiquing the cycle facilities we saw and used, good and bad.

Our start was in Walmer Crescent, a short one-way street with slow traffic, no junctions, and a sharp corner at both ends – ideal for the council’s declared default of permitting contraflow cycling on one-way streets. Not yet though.

Picture 1, shown above: Start – Govan Ward 5 Tour 11/11/17, Rumina Kakati, Allan Young, Andy Winter and Bob Downie at Cessnock Station

Picture 2Map Route taken on Govan Ward 5 tour 11/11/17. Numbered points refer to photograph locations below

Our route initially took us north on the signed Cycle Route 7 along Cessnock Street, Brand Street – now with perpendicular parking for the new flats along the south side, a potential hazard for cyclists on this well-used route – and Govan Road. We able to see the ‘improvements’ being made connected with Fastlink. We wondered about the value of spending money on a grade-separated cycleway alongside a road where the only permitted traffic is buses and taxis – and there aren’t any bus routes. There are much stronger candidate areas for cycle infrastructure spending even when the funding is ring-fenced for work connected with Fastlink.

Our first major hurdle was where Govan Road joins Pacific Drive. At these traffic lights, cyclists are invited to behave like pedestrians and cross Pacific Drive to cycle westward on the north-side pavement. To cross, cyclists must wait for 3 individual sets of pedestrian controlled lights, the first to cross the two lanes of the Fastlink bus corridor (not available for cycle use), followed by lights for each lane of ordinary traffic. The presence of extensive pedestrian barriers makes crossing by more than 2-3 bikes at a time very difficult. The experienced cyclists will almost certainly ignore the invitation to use this crossing and travel westward on the road. Those new to cycling (or with tandems, trailers or cargo bikes) are discouraged by tight turns made more difficult by poles, railings and control boxes, especially when there are pedestrians or other cyclists to consider.

While manoeuvring the crossing we agreed that plans to designate the footway on the south side for shared use (right through the bus shelter, and next to the sparsely used Fastlink carriageway) were a frustratingly marginal improvement, and we wondered why no effort had been made to route cyclists behind the Village Hotel to get toward’s Bells Bridge. There is already a crossing across Pacific Drive opposite the Bell’s Bridge path, albeit one offset from the desire line and with yet more barrier/pole/box obstacles.

Picture 3CrossToPavement We were invited to behave as pedestrians and use the pavement on the north side of Pacific Drive (point 1 on map)

It was generally agreed that the new path from Pacific Drive to Bell’s Bridge then continuing along the river in front of the BBC and the Science Centre was excellent. We wished it were possible for the riverside path to extend eastwards under the Clyde Arc Bridge. Back at Govan Road we continued westward and on to Golspie Street, which was re-engineered to accommodate the Fastlink carriageway. This gives it the appearance of a fast dual-carriageway, by-pass type of road, with its absence of active frontages and sweeping turns at the junctions. With the two directions of normal traffic using the single non-Fastlink carriageway it feels like a hostile piece of road for cyclists. This section is difficult to avoid for east-west travel because of the barrier of the lines into the subway depot. The layout of the both junctions on this stretch encourages drivers to make fast left turns, with the potential for left-hooking cyclists. The extensive pedestrian barriers at the junction with Harmony Row hem cyclists in in a manner that is worrying. There is nowhere for cyclists to escape if cars come too near.

Picture 4Barriers Extensive barriers at the junction of Golspie Street and Harmony Row (point 2 on map)

A newish, good quality pedestrian-cycle route took us the 200m from Golspie Street to Langlands Road. This was free of motor traffic and wide enough for cyclists and pedestrian to easily pass in both directions. A useful improvement would be a dropped kerb at the eastern end to allow easy access for west-bound cyclists without having to mingle with pedestrians at the pelican crossing.

Picture 5SharedPath Using the Golspie Street to Langlands Road cycle/pedestrian route (point 3 on map)

On Langlands Road significant sections of the advisory cycle lanes, only denoted by painted lines, were blocked by parked cars on both sides of the road. We understand these painted lanes form part of the ‘active travel access’ for the newly enlarged hospital. Allowing parking in cycle lanes shows that cyclists lack any real status on Glasgow’s roads. Cycle users deserve better.

Picture 6CarsInBikeLane Cars parked in the Langlands Road cycle lane (point 4 on map)

We carried on along Langlands Road to the underpass beneath the A739, the busy dual carriageway leading to the Clyde Tunnel. This underpass gives cycle access to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, but the large amount of graffiti and general feel of dilapidation gives it an edgy feel. This is not a facility most people would like to use at night.

Picture 7Graffiti Pedestrian/cycle underpass beneath the A739 to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. A highly graffitied and unwelcoming place (point 5 on map)

The feeling of dilapidation continued on the west side of the A739 where the first entrance to the hospital had no dropped kerb as well as being very rough, and needing another tight turn to negotiate the bollards in the underpass entrance.

Picture 8HospEntrance Off-putting entrance to the QEUH. Note the lack of dropped kerb (point 6 on map)

We continued north beside the A739 on an excellent shared pedestrian/cycle path which continued along Moss Road. At the junction with Peninver Drive a new pedestrian/cycle crossing has been installed but the timing of the lights was so slow (about 3 minutes) that no one was inclined to wait and we all took the chance to cross when the traffic appeared clear. The timing of these lights needs to be reviewed.

Picture 9LongWait Very slow timing of the lights allowing cycle crossing from Moss Road to Peninver Drive (point 7 on map)

Onward to Govan Road where we noted that parking was allowed by the shops near the junction with Holmfauldhead Place. We were told that this parking can at times cause significant congestion leading to cyclists being squeezed on the road, with drivers overtaking without allowing sufficient space.

Picture 95ParkingSqueeze Govan Road near the junction with Holmfauldhead Place. A busy road restricted by allowing on-street parking. Cyclists get squeezed here (point 8 on map)

A major problem in this area is the difficulty that south-going cyclists have turning west along Govan Road when they exit the Clyde Cycle Tunnel. To cross Govan Road “by the book” is so slow and complex that few cyclists comply and simply cross Govan Road when and where they can. The lack of a simple and safe crossing is simply unacceptable.

Our tour concluded with a ride through the centre of Govan and discussion as to how a dedicated cycle route through the main street of Govan Road could be a significant feature as part of the area regeneration.

Overall we were underwhelmed by the cycle facilities that we saw and used in Govan. Short sections were excellent but on the whole we felt that most were let down by poor design and poor implementation. The biggest issues are the lack of interconnectivity between adequate facilities and the method the planners use to take cyclists across main roads by requiring cyclists to behave like pedestrians and use complex, slow, barriered crossings. These are tricky for inexperienced cyclists to manoeuvre through, and experienced cyclists are likely to ignore the lights and cross as and when they see a gap in the traffic. The perennial problem of cars parking in non-segregated cycle lanes remains an issue in Govan as almost everywhere else in the UK.

We hope that Councillor Allan Young will be able to use the information gained in this tour to inform him in his work as a councillor and as ever, GoBike are here to help should he (or any of the other three Govan councillors) have any further questions.

We have one more tour planned for Friday 01 December with Councillors Cullen and Cunningham around Ward 13, Garscadden/Scotstounhill.  Then, unless we can choose daylight during the winter, we’ll be hoping to resume in the spring – if councillors are minded to join us!

Buses and Smart Ticketing – 2 Consultations from the Scottish Government

Our friends in Get Glasgow Moving have sent us encouragement to respond to the Local Bus Services consultation, as well as the Smart Ticketing consultation, which both close at midnight on 5 December 2017.  Both these are being run by the Scottish Government.  The associated papers are moderately technical and perhaps overly complicated but please do respond to both before the closing date.

The better our bus services, the more people will use them, the less traffic congestion there will be, the less pollution there will be and the better our towns and cities will be for those of us who walk and cycle.

Smart ticketing seems to be a no-brainer and the sooner it is brought in for travel throughout Scotland the better.  It will make using public transport easier for us all.