Cyclists in a bus stop

space4cycling launches with Ride on the Bus Stop

24 members of Glasgow’s newly formed space4cycling campaign staged a Ride on the Bus Stop” on Thursday night to highlight the city’s latest piece of “Danny MacAskill” infrastructure, where cyclists have to slalom around the back of bus stops on the A728, risking conflict with pedestrians. This was an improvement on the initial situation where cyclists were sent into the side of the newly installed shelters, but still leaves an important cycle route seriously compromised – undoing a key legacy of the Commonwealth Games only a year after the road was redesigned from scratch.

With the help of Calton ward councillor Yvonne Küçük local cyclists were quick to highlight the problem of the news bus stops blocking the cycle lane, but although the lanes have now been repainted three times in the last 30 days the council is no closer to fixing the conflict they have created.

Tactiles into bus stop
The temporary fix is particularly hazardous to those with sight loss, who use the horizontal tactile paving to ensure they are on the correct side of the pavement.

Local cyclist Rob Williams said “Glasgow council has shown a recent growth of interest in quality cycle routes, with a new cycling strategy document out for consultation and trial barriers installed on Aitkenhead Road. However they have clearly struggled with the detail, with examples leaving cyclists having to cross multiple lanes of traffic to access their safe separated space, or putting them unnecessarily into conflict with pedestrians. The result is here a confusing series of partial lanes which do little to encourage all-ability cycling in the city. However, the lanes are well used despite the poor quality, and so we were massively disappointed when two of the stretches of cycle lane were completely blocked by new bus shelters in late July.”

Speaking on behalf of space4cycling Glasgow, Lizzie Reather said “we arranged this event to urge the council to permanently resolve the problem using a Dutch-style ‘floating’ bus stop, recommended by the UK Cycling Embassy and already in use by Glasgow city council 500 metres away on London Road. If the council stands by its vision to ‘create a vibrant Cycling City where cycling is accessible, safe and attractive to all’ more effort needs to be made to integrate public transport, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.”

space4cycling glasgow roundel

Notes to editors and bloggers

The two photos above can be reused without further permission for any article relating to the Ride on the Bus Stop. Credit should be given to Iona Shepherd.

Space for Cycling is a UK-wide campaign calling on local governments to create a safe and attractive environment for cycling by implementing the six S4C priorities:

  • Protected space on main roads
  • Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  • Lower speed limits
  • Cycle-friendly town centres
  • Safe routes to school
  • Routes through parks and green spaces

The space4cycling Glasgow campaign was launched in June 2015 to bring these six priorities to a city that is falling behind the rest of the UK in terms of quality infrastructure and percentage of trips made by bike.

For more information please email us (s4cGlasgow@gmail.com). We are also on Twitter (@s4cGlasgow) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/S4CGlasgow)