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Glasgow extends active travel measures across the West End

March 21 2024

Glasgow extends active travel measures across the West End

Glasgow City Council is inviting the public to have their say on a series of public realm improvements designed to promote active travel in the West End after re-launching the project.

Connecting Yorkhill and Kelvingrove, delivered in partnership with Sustrans, has seen concept designs produced for key junctions that will prioritise pedestrian movement at the expense of vehicles.

Phase one will focus on Radnor Street with the introduction of dropped kerbs, 'tactile' paving and regraded pavements to support an improved public space, made possible by shrinking the four-lane highway to two.

Changes are also in store for Gilbert and Sandyford Street where excess tarmac will give way to a small seating area. In addition, both areas will also be served by a two-way segregated cycle track.

Outlining the project priorities the council wrote: "Phase 1 will be carried out first and includes Radnor Street, Haugh Road, Yorkhill Street, Gilbert Street and Sandyford Street. This phase will create connections with the existing cycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Kelvin Way, Old Dumbarton Road, Centurion Way and the National Cycle Network Route 7 via the footbridge over the Clydeside Expressway, as well as provide safer links with trip attractions in and around the project area."

Later phases will see the introduction of public realm at the entrance to Exhibition Centre Station as well as the entrance to Kelvingrove Park. 

A draft impression of the works planned for Gilbert Street
A draft impression of the works planned for Gilbert Street
The area around Radnor Street will be the first to be improved
The area around Radnor Street will be the first to be improved


#1 Posted by sigh on 21 Mar 2024 at 09:50 AM
Sounds great, get it built.

As an aside, UR - please knock off the needlessly inflammatory 'anti-car' language. These proposals are pro-walking, cycling, wheeling, pedestrian, people...etc. which will only serve to make our city a better place for those who live here.

Now let's wait for that bloke who always comes along saying these things are somehow "middle class welfare". Insert rolling eyes emoji here.
Shatner's Bassoon
#2 Posted by Shatner's Bassoon on 21 Mar 2024 at 09:56 AM
A segregated cycle lane on Gilbert Street seems a little strange . Its very quiet for traffic and also fairly steep.

I'd probably still head up Kelvinhaugh street and cut up to Haugh road later on as the gradient is less severe.
#3 Posted by Mark on 21 Mar 2024 at 09:58 AM
I don't understand the headline. In what way are these proposals anti-car ?
Please don't turn all Daily Mail on us.
#4 Posted by sigh2 on 21 Mar 2024 at 09:58 AM
Could not agree more with #1 - this is a very inflammatory way to write about the needed measures to make our city a nicer, safer place to be (inside and outside of a vehicle). Get it together Urban Realm and stop stoking a nonsense culture war.
#5 Posted by L on 21 Mar 2024 at 10:35 AM
Everything we know about urban design tells us that prioritising pedestrians and cyclists will lead to a healthy urban fabric, plenty footfall to keep businesses thriving and overall more positive community involvment.

Wholeheartedly agree with #1, #3, and #4 here. Please can we not try and get sensationalist with actually good proposals just for the sake of engagement on the website? There's plenty of things to be unahppy about without artificially inflating the negativity.

Sincerely, a driver who thinks these are great proposals and we need more like them.
#6 Posted by sigh3 on 21 Mar 2024 at 10:51 AM
'Anti car'... 'at the expense of cars'... yawn. What is this tone about UR? Really leaning into an attempt to catalyse the cesspool that often are your comment sections, or just lazy?

This proposal is great. Do more work 'at the expense of cars' if that's really what we need to call it. At the end of the day, it won't bring back the multiple cyclists killed every year in this city, but it will make the rest of them safer - haven't even gone into what you'd think would be widely recognised additional benefits of accessible pedestrian space, potential for new greenery, space to actually dwell and be a citizen, clean air and encouraging active, sustainable travel.

Compared to other cities (which us architect/urbanist folk love to holiday in and then come back and wax poetic about) go significantly further in the scale and type of cycle and pedestrian friendly infrastructure. But here, the few key routes that are being developed remain some hot topic. Despite attempts such as these, the city is, and still will be, primarily designed for cars; the last century of urban design made sure of that.

John Glenday
#7 Posted by John Glenday on 21 Mar 2024 at 11:37 AM
Good morning all - you are quite right. Our public realm isn't a zero-sum game. If done well this should be a win for everyone. I have amended the headline to reflect this.
#8 Posted by sigh on 21 Mar 2024 at 13:09 PM
@John - thank you!
Fat Bloke on Tour
#9 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 21 Mar 2024 at 16:09 PM
Loving it -- the weans will be able to bike it to school.

Just a case that there won't be enough teachers to give them a full time education.

First it was half days on Fridays then it will be no Friday teaching at all.

Strange set of priorities at the moment.

Plenty of money to colour in roads.
No money for vital public services.
Who needs libraries when you have Amazon?
#10 Posted by Josh on 22 Mar 2024 at 08:49 AM
We will laugh at all this anti car "infrastructure" in the coming decades. Greenwashing is a plague on the earth
Fat Bloke on Tour
#11 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 22 Mar 2024 at 09:11 AM
Can mobility scooters use bike lanes?

Loving the bike optimism -- what about the weather?
What if its raining -- what then?
We all stay in?

All-weather personal transportation is a must -- one club golfer style student politics just won't cut it in the real world.

It is as if there is a not so secret plan to move children out to the car friendlier suburbs.

#12 Posted by oditd001 on 22 Mar 2024 at 11:26 AM
#11 Yes Mobility Scooters can use bike lanes. The netherlands rains just as much as hear, people have coats, they can use them.

A secret plan to move kids to the suburbs? What drivel. The point of these plans is to make the city more liveable for young people. Imagine living in places where parents don't need a 4x4 to do a school run but their kids could cycle themselves to school, independently. The space that frees up is immense (For example in London 30% of car traffic in mornings can be attributed to school runs).

If you can't envisage a life where of not using your car for the most basic task then yes, maybe living in the suburbs is for you but many people, many young families would love an opportunity to live that way
Jeremy Clarkson's fanboi
#13 Posted by Jeremy Clarkson's fanboi on 22 Mar 2024 at 11:38 AM
FBOT with their foil hat on again.

It rains too much in Glasgow to expect everyone to cycle! Spoiler... It rains in Amsterdam. It also rains in Copenhagen. And Berlin. Stockholm and Oslo too. In fact, it rains in those cities around as many days per year as it rains in the Dear Green Place, if you take a glance at the statistics. Those are all cities with excellent and improving cycle infrastructure - and no, they are not all flat...

What happens if it rains?

Put on water proofs, jump on your bicycle, cycle to your destination, carry on. Or...
Put on your waterproofs, take public transport to your destination, carry on. Or...
Drive to your destination, carry on - I know. A shocking revelation, but cars will still exist, even when a bike lane on a quiet Glasgow side street is built.

Amsterdam was always cycle friendly city! Spoiler, again... It wasn't. They made a conscious decision back in the 1970s to improve infrastructure after things just got too dangerous.

Glasgow has too many hills to be a cycle city! Spoiler, again... it doesn't. Oslo has many more hills and has invested in improving cycle infrastructure alongside public transport. Oslo is well on its way to being one of the most active-travel cities in Europe, while investing in new public transport infrastructure. Oh, and cars can also continue to enter the city.

Developing a cycle network does not limit a city to cycles only. It is perfectly plausible to develop cycle infrastructure alongside improving public transport and access for cars. In fact, they go hand-in-hand. It is also possible, believe it or not, to continue to drive in a cycle friendly city. Take a trip to Amsterdam or Copenhagen to see more. The more people who cycle and take public transport - the more space for your car on the road - toot toot win win!

"Boo hoo they built a cycle lane and cyclists dont pay road tax and I cant park my car right outside Sainsburys and its not fair because it rains sometimes and I can afford a car but I cant afford waterproof trousers and cyclists dont pay road tax and cyclists are just posh people and they are jealous because they cant afford a car and they are liberal and potholes are bad and road tax and I saw a cyclist jump a traffic light and cars are good because I can listen to Clyde 1 and cyclists dont pay road tax!!! boo hoo."

Yawn... On yer bike...
#14 Posted by yup on 22 Mar 2024 at 13:21 PM
#12 & 13 - spot on. Mic drop!
Fat Bloke on Tour
#15 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 22 Mar 2024 at 13:23 PM
Amazon must have a sale on for straw men.
Usual dross about 4x4's / school runs / distressed gentle folk wishlist.

Nothing about the quality or cost of the cycling infrastructure we are building.

Nothing about the opportunity cost of the millions we are spending at a time of crippling austerity and local service collapse.

The bike lane on Sauchiehall Street doesn't work to the point of being more dangerous than the road alongside it -- learn / improve / move on.

Transport 1400 -- saving the planet by way of social segmentation / student politics / enforced localism aka being stuck indoors through poor mobility.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#16 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 22 Mar 2024 at 13:40 PM
All this focus on bike infrastructure when we can't fix potholes / the pavements are a shambles / litter picking and general public realm tidiness has collapsed is not a good look.

Can't spend thousands on doing the basics but can spend millions on the rampant self indulgence of a new breed of hobby horsers.

Cathedrals in the desert comes to mind.
Glasgow Bob
#17 Posted by Glasgow Bob on 22 Mar 2024 at 13:40 PM
#13 FBoT is well named for a reason..
irony is dead
#18 Posted by irony is dead on 22 Mar 2024 at 14:42 PM
"Amazon must have a sale on for straw men."
> Literally goes on to immediately set up a buch of strawmen.
#19 Posted by Lovely on 23 Mar 2024 at 08:46 AM
The visual as a thumbnail looks like a five bar gate has been put across the junction. Look again.

That may be not a bad idea actually, I mean if you're really serious about any of this you need to rapidly start completely getting rid of all these pintless journeys in ugly metal boxes.

Meantime we are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic (again) at vast expense with very poorly thought out cycle infrastructure that once again looks like it has been designed by people who clearly know nothing about serious commuter cycling.

Simply liking the idea of cycling does not save the planet or your city from the general dystopia it is slipping into.
#20 Posted by on 25 Mar 2024 at 10:16 AM
Me trying to navigate one of these junctions - to where? whats that? do i go this way? can i do that? what does that mean? I am terrified. But have no fear, I can always consult my handy thesis on semiology that i keep in my pocket for these occasions such as arriving at an airport. I despair at the visual illiteracy and visual clutter. I really do.
#21 Posted by tara on 26 Mar 2024 at 16:50 PM
Who is letting Sustrans a free reign on Glasgow's streets? They quality of their designs are at best amateur. They are also doing stuff in Inverness and East ren. I think placemaking seems to have by passed them (maybe on a bike). Can we have a proper multi-disciplinary team look at these? Perhaps look at making it look less like a cheap paint job and more like a high quality public realm proposal?
#22 Posted by Parkguy61 on 11 Apr 2024 at 16:49 PM
IF Kelvin Way is to remain closed to through traffic can some decent landscaping be installed and somewhere for people to sit? Even if just the latter it would look less than a street thats just been closed off and wouldnt be that expensive in the great scheme of things

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