Where do Glasgow cyclists cycle?

Strava vs. The European Cycling Challenge One of the difficulties of providing safe and appropriate cycle provision for cyclists has been to actually know where they want to cycle. It may seem a relatively simple task to map cycle desire lines, but there are many 1000’s of possible routes and resources to conduct definitive road-side surveys are limited. In recent years, however, with the near universal adoption of mobile phones and their inbuilt GPS tracking, it has become possible for cyclists to download and run apps that make their movements available to central servers, their travel data aggregated and maps … Continue reading Where do Glasgow cyclists cycle?

Glasgow Roundabout Cracks it for 2014!

Pollok Roundabout on Barrhead Road shyly accepted its accolade as the single most dangerous traffic location for Glasgow cyclists in 2014, revealed from the newly released road traffic accident data. “It was nothing”, said Pollok. “Most years I manage to nail a cyclist or 2, but raising my game to get 3 in a single year was something I have been building up to. I am in friendly competition with the other roundabouts such as Auldhouse, Battlefield and Shieldhall Road, but this year I got everything right and showed those guys how to be well-dangerous. The bookie’s favourite, Auldhouse, only … Continue reading Glasgow Roundabout Cracks it for 2014!

My Response to the Victoria Road Plans

At the bottom of this post is a copy of the response I sent to GCC regarding the two proposed options for revised road layouts which will potentially include new cycling provision. Details are on the Council website. Whilst I broadly welcome the proposal, I am very concerned that GCC are still suggesting cycle lanes in the car-door opening zone (Option 1). Option 2 is better but it is very hard for south-travelling cyclists to access. I will be at the discussion forum at Govanhill Baths, 3-7pm on the 26th November to listen and to contribute. As part of my … Continue reading My Response to the Victoria Road Plans

Glasgow’s Most Dangerous Roundabout and Other Dodgy Roads

Glasgow City Council’s strategy for implementation of 20mph areas in Glasgow has historically been to site them in wholly residential areas. Whilst this makes these areas both safer to the residents and the environment more pleasant, my analysis of accident data shows that by far the greater number of the cycle/pedestrian accidents happen in non-residential areas, in particular: In the city centre On arterial roads On roundabouts located on dual carriageways. (See maps in the CTC 2015 AGM presentation CTC 2015 AGM 20mph Presentation final, revised motions) The council seems to have recently recognised the first of these anomalies and has proposed … Continue reading Glasgow’s Most Dangerous Roundabout and Other Dodgy Roads

Repost: 15 Minutes of Frame- 20mph for Glasgow Petition Success!

The following is reposted from my old blog site (date 12/05/15) Tricia Fort of GoBike and I had had our 15 minutes of fame this morning when we presented our 20mph petition to GCC’s Petition’s Committee, attended by GCC councillors and roads department officers. Our presentation focussed on the scale of the Glasgow road network that requires reduction to 20mph and a review of the recent and imminent 20mph zones installed by GCC. Our final conclusions on GCC’s current implementation of 20mph were: It is too limited (there is no published or unpublished overview plan) It is too slow (40 … Continue reading Repost: 15 Minutes of Frame- 20mph for Glasgow Petition Success!

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?