While touring the hills of England and Scotland a month ago, I briefly stopped off again in Glasgow. I think they must have read my blog and been shamed into action. Look how the city has changed in just six months!
This is new:
This is… interesting:
This is even newer, and not quite finished:
And this is even more interesting:
The tracks were put in by Sustrans as part of Connect2. When complete, they will link the University, museums, and park at Kelvingrove to the existing riverside path into the centre. Other than the funny business at the junctions, the tracks don’t look too bad, though in places — especially that sharp corner with the traffic lights — they are clearly too narrow to comfortably accommodate two-way operation, and we’ll see how they look after a few more years of street maintenance budget freezes. Other than those concerns, would these tracks prove that the British are sometimes capable of building high quality cycling infrastructure? Sadly I fear not. Elderslie Street and the riverside path are a considerable detour if cycling between the university and the city centre.
I almost didn’t recognise the city. But luckily a few things never change:
Not that Glasgow’s cyclists have anything to complain about. They have the ultimate segregated facility: