A Slap in the Face

Both I and others, notably the redoubtable Dave Brennan http://www.magnatom.net/, have asked serious questions about what should or should not be considered as belonging to Glasgow’s cycle network.

In the opinion of the officers of the city, anything that has even the most tenuous claims to promoting cycling has been included, leading the City of Glasgow to proclaim an ostensibly credible cycle network of over 300km. We who cycle know that this is bunk and in this post I want to talk about bus corridors (see also https://glasgowcycleman.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/305km-of-cycle-network-you-kidding/).

It is a little known fact that only about 25% of Glasgow’s 83km of bus corridor actually has a bus lane and yet the City claims every metre as being part of the cycle network (see their map at https://glasgowgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8eb9f600ed154ae58b09c2c5902ce7f0). Even if you agree that bus lanes can truly be part of a cycle network, to exaggerate their contribution to the cycle network by 300% is brazen to say the least.

And now it get worse. The Council in its wisdom is planning to reduce the operation of some bus corridors from 24hour to 12 hour operation (see Glasgow City Council Citywide Bus Lanes (Variation) Order 201, https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18127). Not only is the Council grossly overestimating the contribution that the bus corridors make to cycling, but their reduction to part-time operation will remove the (very) limited protection that such routes provide during the evening hours.

In effect, the Council’s proposal is a slap in the face to cyclists and shows how little they care about making the roads a safe place for them to be. In actions not words, the Council shows how it prefers to encourage vehicular traffic over non-polluting cycling.

To close this post, here is an example of the crazy claims that the Council make. This fast section of dual carriageway on Maryhill Road is classified as part of the cycle network, and no, cycling on the pavement is not allowed https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.9018629,-4.3093167,3a,75y,348.4h,90.36t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svLAgAc2Z4xtAkqiaKB334g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656.

Please write and object to Glasgow City Council Citywide Bus Lanes (Variation) Order 201, https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18127 on the grounds that it is to the detrement of cycling. Objections close on the 22nd of December.

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