What constitutes a cycle route?

Given that GCC has been seriously pushing the boundaries of what can be considered part of the cycle network https://glasgowcycleman.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/305km-of-cycle-network-you-kidding/, I think that the cycling fraternity should have a clear definition of what can and cannot be included as part of a valid cycle route. I offer the following criteria that should be met before a route/facility can be accepted as a valid part of the cycle network. Is a reasonably direct route that connects locations that a significant number of people wish to travel to and from, Offers increased safety compared to the on-road or unsegregated alternatives (e.g. no … Continue reading What constitutes a cycle route?

Oswald Street, Really?

I know that I am not the first to have noticed, but this morning I was walking on Oswald Street http://bit.ly/1HSiWb5, one of the busier and less cycle friendly streets in Glasgow city centre when I say this marker for cycle route 75, ironically outside the NCP car park. I would like to make a pithy comment but all that springs to mind is “for goodness sake, who thought that was a good idea?”. For those of you who don’t know Glasgow, the Oswald Street cycle route marker is some 80m away from the nearest cycle route. Continue reading Oswald Street, Really?

305km of Cycle Network, You Kidding?

A draft of Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for Cycling 2015 – 2025 has just been released by Glasgow City Council (GCC) for comment (http://bit.ly/1fewH91) and, being of the cycling persuasion, I did not need to be asked twice. So yellow marker in hand (digital variety of course) I set forth to give it a review. I would like to say that I have completed my critique but I am afraid that my thought processes have stumbled before getting past the introduction. Let me explain. The very first diagrams in the introduction are a pair of graphs. The upper shows the number … Continue reading 305km of Cycle Network, You Kidding?

Evidenced-Based Assessment of Cycle Traffic in Glasgow

Have you ever wondered which roads are used by the most number of cyclists in Glasgow? Without detailed surveys of all roads it has been historically difficult to tell but through the use of route tracking apps such as Strava, cyclists now generate their own survey data. Strava have been good enough to provide me with the aggregated data for Glasgow which I have summarised in the attached presentation (see link below). A couple of key observations are A few cycle facilities are well-used, but many are little used or under-used The busiest routes for cycling in the city are … Continue reading Evidenced-Based Assessment of Cycle Traffic in Glasgow

Me, Glasgow and Cycling

This is a blog, not just about cycling in and around Glasgow, but on how I am taking data from public and non-public sources to create maps that explain cycle usage and accident locations in the area. This is a complicated subject and I am tentatively feeling may way around the data and I am sure that I will make mistakes. Without any analysis of date concerning how cyclists use the roads, however, we are be ill-informed when it comes to cycle campaigning. I hope that you find these posts and some of the attached presentations interesting. I am always … Continue reading Me, Glasgow and Cycling