25 participants, from a wide range of backgrounds including local authority, private sector and cycle campaign groups, met in George Square to take part in a led cycle ride to view and discuss a range of new and innovative cycle infrastructure projects.
The afternoon event began with a short presentation from Next Bike on the organisation, success and future plans for the recently launched Glasgow bike hire scheme. Participants in the event were even offered low cost bike hire for the afternoon event. From there, the group accompanied by Allan Mclean and Twan Van Duivenbooden from Glasgow City Council, headed Eastwards stopping to look at the new segregated two way cycle infrastructure from St Andrews Street, leading to London Road and onwards to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Numerous stops were made on route to discuss the technical details of the scheme such as strategic drivers for the segregation, ease of implementation, pedestrian and cycle crossing and the need for 'green wave' and the all important costs.
From there, the group looked at on road cycle infrastructure around the A728 and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome before cycling along the more traditional traffic free National Cycle Network 75 route and looking at new bridge crossing over the Clyde, which are helping to increase rates of active travel in the city. The final stop of the afternoon tour was Aitkenhead Road on the south side to look at a trial currently being run by Glasgow City Council of a variety of different methods of creating segregated cycle routes. Much interest was shown in the various types of infrastructure being trialled by the Council and there was considerable discussion had around the costs, merits and effectivemess of each type and the details of the trial, and when the results would be known and made public. The group then cycled back, via various on road cycle lanes, to the start of the tour at George Square for final questions and thanks.
This was the first CILT and Sustrans Scotland event and it is hoped that there will be further events during 2015 and 2016 showing the increasing range of new and innovative active travel infrastructure being implemented across Scotland.