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

Lennoxtown beneath the Campsie Hills and the Crow Road

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.


Section 1: Current Consultations

  1. Byres Road, Glasgow, closes tomorrow, 27 June
  2. Greendyke Street, traffic calming, closes 29 June
  3. Argyle Street Avenue, closes 13 July
  4. Woodside Parking and cycle access, closes 13 July
  5. Connecting Woodside, closes 17 July
  6. Bunhouse Road and Benalder Street, new cycle lanes, closes 27 July

Section 2: Forthcoming Consultations

Empty section this time, but there will be more in the pipeline for Argyle Street, Woodside and around Yorkhill and Kelvingrove.

Section 3: Consultation Feedback

  1. Collegelands Barras Meatmarket: the GoBike submission
  2. Yoker to Knightswood Cycle Route: the GCC reply
  3. Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill parking: the GoBike submission


Current Consultations – in date order for responses

1.1 Byres Road, Glasgow, closes tomorrow, 27 June

Here’s the link for anyone who hasn’t yet responded to these appalling plans to change the look of Byres Road yet not improve the cycling environment: We have more info here on our response.

1.2 Greendyke Street, Glasgow, traffic calming, closes this Friday, 29 June

All the details were in the last Digest (see: Digest 11 ) and our letter of objection is here: GoBike Greendyke Street Traffic Calming 210617.  We don’t consider that buildouts, which push bikes out into the centre of the road, and speed cushions are the way to provide a good cycling environment.

1.3 **NEW** Argyle Street Avenue, Glasgow, current on-line consultation closes 13 July

If you saw our recent Consultation Extra, you will be aware that there has been some on-street consultation recently for the outline proposals for the Argyle Street Avenue, from Anderston Cross right through to Trongate and Glasgow Cross. West of Glasgow Central Station, it is proposed that the current four traffic lanes are reduced to two, with a one-way cycle lane each side, and there is a similar arrangement proposed for Trongate. There will be little change under the Hielanman’s Umbrella, but there is the possibility of buses being introduced, travelling east only to the current “pedestrian” precinct (it’s a core path, so cycling is allowed). This has been advocated to reduce pollution from the braking and acceleration required to turn 4 corners, ie into Queen Street, into Ingram Street, into Glassford Street and finally back into Trongate, as well as by disability groups because of the current distance to bus stops and by some of the retailers.

There have been some rather scathing comments on-line about the introduction of vegetation; this is not simply to look nice but it serves a very useful purpose by providing drainage  Trees are proposed where there is room for roots, much smaller plants where Argyle Street is directly about the low-level train lines.

There’s a very simple on-line consultation survey on the City Council website:  Please do support this – stakeholder consultation is now starting, and at one event with at least two local Community Councils represented the whole ethos was about getting people walking, cycling or using public transport to get about the city, rather than the private car.

1.4 Glasgow Woodside Parking Controls, closes 13 July

We told you about these proposals last time (see: Digest 11 ) and we will be replying with approval. We know that many residents across the city are plagued by random, uncontrolled parking, and steps need to be taken to control it. Parked cars are taking up the space where our cycle lanes should be.

We are also pleased that cycling will be maintained on North Woodside Road, and we are looking forward to the proposals for Connecting Woodside (see 1.5).

1.5 **NEW** Connecting Woodside, Consultation Event today, on-line consultation closes 17 July

Our recent Consultation Extra gave details of the Consultation Event to be held today, at Woodside Library, St George’s Road, from 3:30 – 7pm. The current proposals are more extensive than those we saw last year and actually now include a connecting cycle route along St George’s Road from St George’s Cross to Sauchiehall Street. With this consultation we are delighted to see some joined-up thinking on linking up our routes.

The text of the e-mail we received from Glasgow City Council on 19 June reads:

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. 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


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: 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: ”

1.6 **NEW** Bunhouse Road, segregated cycle lane, closes 27 July



This proposed Traffic Regulation order covers not just the replacement of the current shared footway cycle route outside Kelvinhall but introduces a new one on Benalder Street.



It has come about through the efforts, as we said in the introduction, of Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, to improve their area and let their residents walk, cycle, and enjoy their locality.

Here is the text of the e-mail that we received from Glasgow City Council on 15 June:


The Glasgow City Council (Bunhouse Road) Order 201_

Further to my consultation of 11th May 2018 and in accordance with statutory procedures, I now enclose a copy of proposed order and plan showing the extent of the order.

The proposals are as follows: 

  1. Removal of metered parking on Bunhouse Road and extending ‘No waiting, no loading at any time’ restrictions on the West kerbline.
  2. Relocation of disabled parking on Bunhouse Road from West to East kerbline.
  3. Proposed segregated two-way cycleway on West footway of Bunhouse Road.
  4. Proposed two-way cycleway along east kerbline of Benalder Street at carriageway level.

Any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for their objection either in writing to Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX by Friday 27th July 2018 or by email to  Objections should state the name and address of the objector, the matters to which they relate and the grounds on which the objection is made.”

The documents they provided are: NoticeOfProposals-BunhouseRoad-190x85mm-RTO  KATR_Report_June2018  5116-SK003 Bunhouse Road Proposed TRO Sheet 1 of 2  5116-SK004 Bunhouse Road Proposed TRO Sheet 2 of 2  Statement of Reasons

Before we reply, we have asked the following questions of the City Council:

  1. Bunhouse Road: at the northern end, what are the crossing arrangements at Dumbarton Road?  It looks as if cycles will be separated from the current pedestrian and cycle crossing, with less potential for confusion but will the 2 crossings work in unison, will there be traffic lights etc?
  2. Benalder Street: it looks from the drawing as if the 2-way route on Benalder Street will be segregated from the car lanes but this is not confirmed in the information provided.  Could you clarify please?
  3. Ferry Road and Old Dumbarton Road: is this a new 2-way cycle route on the east/south side of these 2 streets and, if so, will this be the subject of a forthcoming TRO?

We will, hopefully, be able to publish the reply and our response to these proposals in the next Digest.

Section 2. Forthcoming Consultations

There are none at the moment that we are aware but we look forward to more detailed consultation on Connecting Woodside and the Argyle Street Avenue project.

Section 3: Consultation Feedback

3.1 Collegelands/Calton Barras Meatmarket redevelopment

This was covered in our last Digest (Digest 11) and we sent our response in on 15 June. We were disappointed that a cycle route was only added after a consultation event and would like to see Glasgow City Council being more active-travel-minded throughout. Here’s our letter: GoBike Calton Barras Meatmarket comment 150618

3.2 Yoker to Knightswood cycle way

In our last Digest (Digest 11) we copied the e-mail sent to Glasgow City Council expressing concern about cars parking over the “buffer zone” on part of this route leading to the new BMX track in Knightswood Park, and a very uneven and not very dropped kerb at one location. We have now had a response from Andrew Brown, head of the cycle team:


Dear Ms Fort.

Many thanks for your email with regards the cycle facilities within Knightswood.

As you note there is still a significant amount of works to be completed as part of this project. With regards to your concerns regarding the kerbs where the cycle lanes join the shared surface I will have an inspector view these to assess the installation. However I would note that these kerbs will not be installed flush to the carriageway but will have a 5-10mm upstand to prevent water ponding at the transition.

With regards to vehicles parking partly on the footway, I would note that this section of works is not complete and additional lining and signing is still to be installed. This will hopefully reduce the level of parking, however once the job is complete monitoring will take place to assess if any further action is required.

I trust this information is of assistance.”

3.3 Hyndland, Hughenden and Dowanhill East, Traffic Management and Parking Controls TRO

The details of this TRO were given in Digest 10 (Digest 10) and introduce parking controls in this residential area, which has been suffering from displaced parking from surrounding areas where parking controls were introduced some time ago. The TRO doesn’t do much for cycling but there is to be some contraflow cycling, allowing some permeability. Comments closed yesterday and here’s our response: GoBike Hyndland Hughenden & Dowanhill West comments 250618




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



Yes, plans are afoot for the Argyle Street Avenue, see:  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!

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

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 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.


 Dear Sir/Madam


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

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 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:


 Dear Sir or Madam,


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

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 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:

Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 15:37:06 +0000


 Dear Sir / Madam,


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 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 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:  and the Glasgow Greens have also published their view here:

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 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

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: 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 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 .

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 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  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.

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.

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


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 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

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 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:


Dear Sir / Madam


 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 .  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 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.


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.



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.

Glasgow City Council Transport Summit, 27 September 2017 – GoBike report

GoBike was invited to attend the recent Transport Summit held by Glasgow City Council, and was represented there by 3 committee members, John Donnelly, Peter Hayman and Alasdair Macdonald.  Here is Alasdair’s report of the proceedings:

This summit was organised by Glasgow City Council and was chaired by Councillor Anna Richardson, Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, assisted by the Director for Roads.

There were presentations by Council officers, Transport Scotland, representatives of the bus and rail industries, an academic, charities/campaigning groups Sustrans and Transform Scotland and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

In the audience there were campaigning groups like GoBike! and Get Glasgow Moving, representatives from a number of Community Councils and representatives
from the haulage industry as well as Councillors representing Greens, Labour and

The keynote speaker was Iain Docherty BSc PhD CMILT who is Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. His presentation set the tone for the remainder of the proceedings. Although he was careful to ensure that his speech was academically rigorous and carefully qualified, he was pretty explicit that dealing with issues relating to private cars and parking is the major factor in improving transport in Glasgow. This was echoed by most of the subsequent speakers, with no-one making a counterargument. 

There was widespread agreement in the room that something needs to be done about cars in Glasgow.  It was only the 2 Glasgow City Council Officials who said “This was not about penalising car drivers”.  Almost every other speaker highlighted that the only way to improve transport in Glasgow involved making changes that would reduce the number of cars in Glasgow. 

I had not heard people in positions of influence being so unequivocal and so explicit. A memorable, line, slightly tongue-in-cheek was that with white paint to repartition road space and amendments to traffic light crossing times, Glasgow could make a significant improvement relatively quickly!

However, while that might be a way forward, it is an intensely POLITICAL thing and therefore those of us who wish to bring about change must be supportive of politicians in creating the ethos in which such changes can take place. The motoring organisations will not take this lying down. While it is important that campaigners push for good infrastructure constructed to good standards, we also need to work constructively and co-operatively with elected members and officers to bring about the change.

Compared to ‘peer cities’ in Europe, such as Malmo and Bremen, levels of cycling in Glasgow are very low, but rising, and the number of car journeys is INCREASING. So, we have to get people out of cars and on to their feet, on to bicycles and on to trains and buses. The importance of buses cannot be overstated. They account for more than twice the journeys compared to all other modes. While there are improvements to rail services underway and advocacy for an extended Subway, in the short and intermediate term, it is buses that will carry most of the people who are ‘persuaded’ to leave their cars.

A related point was the fact that organisations like the bus industry and the Chambers of Commerce, feel we need no more NEW road building, but that we would be better improving (and repartitioning?) the road network that we currently have.

The issues relating to buses are about emissions, about the lack of services across the city rather than through the city, single-ticketing using modern technology. SPT indicated that the transfer-ticketing issue is likely to be solved soon. Retrofitting of buses to the highest EU standard for emissions is feasible with current technology, but the question is, ‘Who pays?” Recent amendments to Union/Jamaica St appear to have speeded transition of buses through that route. Nevertheless, there is still work to be done.

Improvements to Queen Street Station and electrification of Glasgow/Edinburgh should improve things, but, at present, there are no plans for Crossrail.

The Chamber of Commerce made a strong case for developing Glasgow Airport as an economic generator. Renfrewshire Council’s City Deal is focussed on the Airport, but from a cycling and walking perspective, there are substantial benefits associated with it.

It was a pretty well-informed meeting. We were provided with a lot of information. But, to the credit of the presenters, I think they were pretty succinct. There was also a fair degree of coherence amongst the presentations, despite them coming from quite a wide range of sources. There were a number of opportunities for discussion and almost all the contributions were from community councils and campaigning bodies. The standard of debate was high and courteous.

I give the Council high marks for organising this event. it was heavily led by the transport professionals, but I think they were respectful of their audience. I think we need a follow up meeting where the audience represents ALL the community councils, and the various community organisations and campaigners like GoBike!

Bill Fraser (a GoBike! member, community council chair and member of a local ‘hertage’ group) has some interesting ideas about community innovation using organisations which are NOT the community council but are closely related to them (for legal reasons). Bill could give a good presentation to the target audience I have indicated.

Get Glasgow Moving – sign the petition to improve our Public Transport – and Hustings 26 April

While GoBike is campaigning for good cycle infrastructure, we recognise the need for good public transport, a linked-up, integrated system to encourage people out of their private cars.  Our sister group, Get Glasgow Moving, has launched this petition:

Please sign it.

It’s a busy time for those of us who want a better environment to live in, with the GoBike Hustings yesterday and next week it’s the turn of Get Glasgow Moving, 26 April at Renfield St Stephens on Bath Street, Glasgow, see: