It seems that the Woodside mini-Holland project has grown, with a 20mph mandatory speed limit already planned for the area, parking restrictions also proposed and a proposed “prohibition of driving ((Except Pedal Cycles) at North Woodside Road”. See the planned new-look Woodside Road near the junction with Maryhill Road in the photo.
Here’s the bridge with three names: Clyde Arc, Finnieston and Squinty and it’s currently sending us a bit squinty. There have been several changes in the traffic regime over the bridge since it was built with a recent one being the inclusion of bikes on the Fastlink bus lanes on the west side, but now Glasgow City Council propose to also allow taxis. Oh dear. See our detailed response in item 1.8. We also have lots more for you in this digest, including the contrasting GoBike responses to Byres Road and South City Way, so do please read on. Continue reading “Consultation Digest Issue 11, Going squinty about the Squinty Bridge, Byres Road submission, 20mph, parking etc etc”
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! Continue reading “Consultations Digest Issue 8, Two Busy Thoroughfares Seeking Good Quality Cycle Lanes… and lots more.”
Just in from Glasgow City Council:
Following on from the preliminary design community consultation event held in November for Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow City Council (GCC) are taking forward a project to enhance walking and cycling provision in the area in order to refine a design option favored by the public to progress with a TRO for the area. Continue reading “Consultation Extra: Queen Margaret Drive, Public Exhibition and Consultation, Wednesday 02 May”
Welcome to the first issue of our Consultations Digest, a regular post, updating you on consultations in these three areas:
- Consultations to which GoBike has responded.
- Upcoming consultations, for which we welcome your comments as to how we should respond, but we will also include here consultations for which you, as an individual, are asked to respond.
- Feedback on submitted consultations.
So we will be giving you far more information than we have in the past and we hope that this will encourage you, as GoBike members, to not only give us your views as to how we should respond but also to put your views directly to the organisation that has issued the consultation. Continue reading “GoBike Consultations Digest, Issue 1, 23 January 2018 – Scotland wide!”
On Sunday 08 October Walk Cycle Vote supporters gathered outside the SNP conference venue in Glasgow. The photo above shows a young cycle enthusiast offering the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, a piece of Rocky Road Cake in grateful recognition of the doubling of the active travel budget. His mum is looking on, as were several GoBike members, plus Pedal on Parliament supporters and other active travel activists. Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council’s Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction was there as was John Lauder, Director of Sustrans Scotland and Richard Dixon of Friends of the Earth Scotland. The minister took the time to talk to just about everyone who was there and we look forward to seeing the effects of the budget increase sometime soon.
We have just been sent this good news from Glasgow City Councll, which makes a refreshing change from our earlier post about Dowanhill!
“Woodside Mini-Holland Update
Glasgow City Council is delighted to announce that the ‘Woodside Mini-Holland project’ has been successful in winning the Community Links PLUS competition facilitated by Transport Scotland and Sustrans.
The Woodside Mini Holland bid proposes to improve walking and cycling including the creation of a Dutch style cycle-friendly area using a combination of hard infrastructure and softer measures to increase the attractiveness of everyday active travel and creating better streets and places for people. The project will see some £8m spent on transforming the Woodside Area.
The project is considered as having four main elements:
- Place. Enhancing the road environment is vital to making this area a lucrative place to visit and attractive to pass through.
- Segregated cycle tracks. Safe, dedicated cycle tracks, more attractive pedestrian space and excellent public transport connections.
- Permeability and Connectivity for the Woodside area
- Outreach work. At least 5% of the project budget will be allocated for outreach activities aimed at encouraging active and sustainable travel, working closely with partners and community organisations.
We will be in touch in due course to keep you informed and advise how you can contribute to the design.
Please share with family and friends or have them email the project team if they would like to be added to the Woodside Mini-Holland mailing list. The email address, if you wish to get updates direct is: SustainableTransport@glasgow.gov.uk
Glasgow – UK Council of the Year 2015″
Yes, the first Sunday of the month is the day for our intriguing and somewhat offbeat ride out around Glasgow.
Andy Preece will be leading this ride; further details of GoBike rides are on the Rides page of our website
Sunday 1 October – Kilmacolm Circular
We shall head out mostly on minor roads through Paisley, Linwood and Houston to Kilmacolm. After lunch, we’ll return to Paisley via the NCN75 path to visit a few more of the town’s attractions to be seen along the way, before continuing onwards to Glasgow.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Roy Brannen, CEO of Transport Scotland (Chair)
James Fowlie, Director of Integration and Development at The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
George Eckton, Partnership Director of Sestran, representing Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs)
Derick Murray, Director of Nestrans, representing the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)
Daisy Narayanan, Deputy Director of Sustrans Scotland, representing third sector active travel delivery partners (me!)
Bears Way, East Dunbartonshire
Holmstone Road, Ayrshire
East-West route, Edinburgh
Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire
Broad Street, Aberdeen
Barriers need to be identified – local, national, legislative and cultural – however, we need to remember that there have been positive steps and we don’t need to start from scratch.
There is a lot of ongoing work with the Planning review, NTS and STPR refresh, Climate Change Plan. The timing of the Task Force work should be integrated with these.
A lot of discussion on ‘active travel’ – but what does it really mean?
There seems to be agreement that narrative needs to change from walking and cycling to quality of life/quality of place. A powerful way to give politicians (both local and national) support would be to approach it from the public health angle.
There needs to be more visible leadership at both the national and local levels.
We need to look at future technologies with respect to urban mobility and integrated smart cities rather than assume that car ownership/the way cars are used will remain the same.
Community Engagement: How does one capture ALL voices? How do you reach the middle ground and avoid the loud minority groups?
Evidence: Stats vs. stories. Businesses need to be better engaged.
Processes: Transport and Planning need to be more joined up. Processes need to be simplified.
Standards of design and quality of infrastructure – do LAs need more clear guidance?
Yes, the Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland is holding its AGM at the Women’s Library in Landressy Street, Bridgeton on Saturday 19 August from 4pm – 6pm, and men are welcome too, as well as all you women out there, who cycle or wish to cycle.
See the link above for details, and do please register if you are going, but there are 3 great speakers lined up:
- Daisy Narayanan, Deputy Director for Built Environment at Sustrans Scotland.
- Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow, and
- Alex Feechan, founder of Findra Clothing.