Glaswegians invited to paint the Bridge to Nowhere

Glasgow to open new cycle route with a day of celebrations

by Martin Thomas   September 15, 2010  

Glasgow City Chambers - picture by Finlay McWalter

Glaswegians are being given the chance to paint a cycle lane on Saturday (18 September) as part of a day of events to promote a new walking and cycling route.

The Bridge to Nowhere project, supported by Sustrans, will link Kelvingrove Park to National Cycle Network 75 along the Clyde, and complete the Bridge to Nowhere at Anderston. It will provide a new two-lane segregated cycle-way along Berkeley Street and Waterloo Street.

The route is being jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

As part of European Mobility Week, a European-wide event to promote active and sustainable travel, Glasgow City Council and Sustrans are closing Elderslie Street on Saturday between 9am and 5pm for a series of events, including information on the Connect2 project and sustainable travel, live music between 10 and 4, the painting of the cycleway and a led cycle ride from Kelvingrove Park to the Marquees at Anderston (starting at 1pm).

Rowena Colpitts, scheme manager for Sustrans said, “As well as completing the now iconic ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ this project will really improve walking and cycling in Glasgow, providing a link up to Kelvingrove Park from the city centre and NCN75, the route that links Glasgow to Edinburgh.

“At the moment, the junction at Anderston is very difficult to cross for pedestrians and cyclists alike so completing this bridge will make a real difference and the two-way segregated cycle lanes along the route will make it much easier for cyclists to get into the city centre.”

Cllr Jim Coleman, Glasgow City Council’s Executive member for Land and Environmental Services said: “This route is one of a number of improvements to walking and cycling facilities that Glasgow City Council is supporting, helping to make our city safer and easier to get around by bike or on foot.

“Painting the cycle lane onto Elderslie Road is a great way of showing potential users the improvements this project will deliver when it is completed.”

More information on getting around Glasgow and European Mobility Week in the city is available at www.glasgow.gov.uk/transport
 

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This looks like one of those classic press release stories. While aluding to some grander project, all that's happening here is the public being enticed along, unpaid, to paint a bit of pavement in anticipation of a future cycling facility.

Howabout Glasgow City Council committing to (i.e. paying for) early morning glass sweeping patrols along the city's shared cycle paths.

Howabout a proper cycle facility on Crow Road running to Anniesland Cross, to assist people in not cycling on the narrow pavement outside my house.

Bah humbug.

posted by cowspassage [43 posts]
15th September 2010 - 9:07

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This event was astonishingly poorly advertised and even more poorly attended.

The cyclepath has, so far, attracted little more than bewildered looks from local residents and shutting off a chunk of their street without notice did little to encourage community participation.

You need to try harder folks.

posted by anderstonjim [1 posts]
21st September 2010 - 22:46

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That's often the way with a lot of these things, not enough people get to hear about it locally, it's poorly attended and basically creates more of an air of apathy than action that then affects people/the media's attitude to future events. Of course if the local council put the necessary oopmph behind it in the first place…

How many people do you reckon turned up?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
22nd September 2010 - 8:53

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I think the route will be good when finished, shame if it went badly.

posted by AvalancheMTB [1 posts]
22nd September 2010 - 22:23

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