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New rules of the road – is there enough publicity?

As a ‘State Registered Cynic’ 🙂 I feel as if I’m in danger of being grouped along with the useless cycling campaigners and activists by making this post, but I’ll take the chance.

There seems to be an unfortunate trend in recent years, to make new laws in response to some crimes/offences, instead of just enforcing existing legislation with a tad more vigour. I read somewhere that the number ran into the low thousands, but wasn’t really paying attention. However, I suspect it may be true, as it’s probably easier for ‘politicians’ to stand up and point at legislation they may have been responsible for having introduced, and so deflect attention from the real question of number of offenders who have been apprehended.

I noticed an article which highlighted changes to the law this year…

Overtaking cyclists and new MOT rules: Changes to driving laws in 2019 that you need to know

And warned…

New laws and regulations are coming into force for motorists this year, so make sure you’re up to date..

Such as…

As of March, motorists can be fined for not leaving enough room between a car and a bike when passing.

The current law states motorists should leave at least 1.5m distance. This is to be taken more seriously with the introduction of a monetary penalty and police will be penalising those who get dangerously close.

Not leaving enough space could leave you ÂŁ100 down with three points on your license.

My apologies for giving a cycling example, but it’s also the only illustration given with specifics and the penalty scheme.

Well, they did give some for ‘Smart Motorways’, but I suspect we won’t see any of those for a while.

While I will take a moment to (again) distance myself from any campaigners or activists, I’m also not blind to what I see when I am out and about.

Without making any sort of political point, I can see there are generally few police to be seen on the streets, and apart from periods of raised awareness, I seldom see them on the road.

So, I have to ask what the chances are of any offending motorist who clearly passes well below the 1.5 m clearance of a cyclist being pulled up?

I merely ask the question, given the lack of police visibility.

I’d quite like to see such offenders being inconvenience by a police stop/caution/fine/points.

However, unlike cycling campaigners and activists, I’m also going to compliment the vast majority of Glasgow motorists, who actually appear to be scared of me when I’m on the road on my bike, such is the clearance they usually give me.

It’s also almost embarrassing when I meet some coming towards me, especially on side streets with parked vehicles, as they often pull in behind those vehicles and wait for me to pass.

And, yes, I DO give them a wave of acknowledgement and thanks as I pass them.

I think it’s time many other cyclist did this too.

Perhaps things would improve if this was the norm, instead of the ANGRY CYCLIST we often see in videos they post when they believe they have been wronged, go chasing after motorists, start banging on their cars, and shouting abuse at the driver.

I sometimes think it is no great surprise that some cyclists think drivers are terrible, and just don’t understand most people’s response when subject to ‘passive aggressive’, or just ‘aggressive’, behaviour towards them.

You may indeed have been wronged, but there is truth in the saying that “Two wrongs don’t make a right”.

How many ‘problems’ in this video are down to the cyclist looking for trouble, and causing confrontations, when things could have been defused simply by everyone just getting out of one another’s faces, and carrying on their own way? Instead, he can’t resist stopping, provoking, and escalating.

I don’t know who this is, nor do I want to.

I just want to be as far away as possible from him, and his ‘attitude’.

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Jan 9, 2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Is it OK to complain a little about Sauchiehall Street avenues?

I’ve mentioned the project to revitalise Sauchiehall Street via the ‘Avenues’ project, and the sound of irritating whining coming from a few special interest groups who think they deserved special treatment – and didn’t get it (in their opinion).

So, I’m a bit wary of making a complaint myself, but if I don’t, who will?

The project is nearing completion, and the pic I grabbed a few days ago shows the place is really beginning to look a lot better now that the works are finally being cleared away.

Sauchiehall Street Avenue

Sauchiehall Street Avenue

But…

There’s an itsy bitsy teeny weeny problem hidden in that otherwise quite nice view.

Not evident in the pic is the slightly poor finish of the black tarmac cycle lane.

I’ve ridden along it a few time now, and it’s not a pleasant experience – in fact, I usually cycle along the line of the left border.

The border on the right looks similar in the pic, but is actually raised, to separate it from the footpath to the right.

Unfortunately, the tarmacked path is far from level, and after riding along it for a while, if you are susceptible to sea-sickness, I suspect you might end up feeling a tad queasy if you stayed on it.

By way of contrast, the stone paved areas are smooth, and don’t suffer from the pitching induced by the wavy surface of the black-top.

Sorry, but I can only report what I find.

I’m not sure what they might have done wrong here, since tarmac road can be silky smooth, so there’s no reason for this to be wavy.

Perhaps they didn’t use large enough compacting or rolling plant to finish it?

Jan 5, 2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

I’m sick and tired of Green Loonies and ‘Activists’

I’ve been kicking cycling activists in some recent posts, mainly because I was almost put off cycling in Glasgow city centre after looking at some of their web sites and forum, plus comments I’d seen some of them make when contributing to media articles.

Fortunately, I have a brain of my own, and decided to actually just go cycle in Glasgow city centre traffic.

Guess what happened.

I didn’t die after the first five minutes.

I found the cycling activists were little more than liars about how terrible, dangerous, jammed, gridlocked, and polluted it was.

More likely, those that make the most noise, get interviewed, and post loads of ‘advice’ in forums have an ‘Anti-car agenda’, and those are easy ways for them to get ‘free publicity’ for their agenda.

Glasgow has LEZ (low emission zones) actually being planned and introduced NOW (the first in Scotland), not just being talked about.

As Glasgow prepares to become Scotland’s first low emission zone at the end of the months, new signs have been put up to raise awareness of the boundaries that have been put in place in the city centre.

The prominent low emission zone (LEZ) signs are positioned on the main approach routes into the city centre to make sure they are fully visible.

The plans will be phased in from December 31 , initially affecting local service buses only.

However, by the end of 2022, all vehicles wishing to enter the LEZ must meet the strict emission requirements.

Although the boundaries of the LEZ are currently being referred to as the area bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket, the actual boundary of the LEZ second phase will be decided after detailed transport modelling.

Signs have been put up in Glasgow city centre to indicate the new low emission zone

Usually, such media articles have Green Loonies chipping in at the end, usually whining “Too little, too late” and suchlike.

No sign of them in that article.

This article seems to be yet another that knocks the usual activist-type assertion that Glasgow City Council is ignoring cyclist in favour of car drivers.

Maybe GlasgowLive and Glasgow City Council have just got fed up with them and their broken  record!

We should be so lucky – they’ll be around somewhere else.

They’re a real pain, and detract so much from ordinary people who care, and genuinely just want to work for reasonable, achievable, improvement.

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

After all, just look at that view of Saltmarket, above.

Almost hidden behind a thick cloud of blinding, chocking pollution.

And no provision for cyclists either.

What’s that you say?

You can see the other side of the street?

And you can see segregated cycle lanes? (There’s a light-controlled pedestrian/cycle crossing just of sight around the corner to the right, leading to cycle racks too.)

I’m impressed!

Dec 21, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Yet more local cycling news

I’m going to have to be careful, or I’ll start to look like a cycling activist, and have to kill myself!

But, our local media seems to be enjoying writing about cycling at the moment and, since it lets me rub actual cycling activists’ noses in stuff they whine about NOT happening, I’m not going to ignore it 🙂

They’ve been monitoring and counting the number of cyclists (and pedestrians) at a number of locations, and have now published a short summary showing the most popular routes.

According to the most recent data released by Glasgow City Council (you know, the council the activist don’t think does anything for them), cycle journeys to and from Glasgow city centre have more than doubled in less than ten years.

New data collected by the council shows the annual count of people cycling past 35 locations has gone up by 111 per cent between 2009 and 2018.

According to the count, which took place over two days in September, there were 5,712 journeys by bike into the city centre on average each day.

That’s a total number of 11,000 journeys on a daily basis.

The 2018 count also indicated that almost 53,000 people walk into the city centre on average each day, with a total number of 102,972 journeys on a daily basis – an almost a 19 per cent increase on 2009.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said the figures provided concrete evidence that cycling is growing in popularity in Glasgow.

With new cycling infrastructure such as the ÂŁ6.5m South City Way due to be completed in the near future as part of the ambitious, overall City Way initiative, Councillor Richardson believes there is huge potential for the figures to grow even further.

The most popular locations for people travelling on bike to and from the city centre are:

1. Broomielaw (at Washington Street) – 2,065 daily journeys on average.

2. Saltmarket at Clyde Street – 1,231 journeys.

3. Tradeston Bridge – 1,088 journey.

4. Victoria Bridge – 929 journeys.

5. Friarton Place East at Garscube Road – 539 journeys.

The most popular locations for people travelling on foot to and from the city centre are:-

1. Trongate at Albion St – 10,335 daily journeys on average

2. Sauchiehall Street at Charing Cross – 9,070 daily journeys on average

3. High Street at George St – 7,227 journeys

These are the most popular cycle routes in Glasgow city centre

I pass first four bike locations at least twice per trip – the fifth is simply not on my route or an area I visit.

I usually pass the three foot locations each time, and walk there too. I used to walk to them from home, but that’s over two hours, just one way (and takes longer as I always get diverted).

I’ll have to ‘borrow’ this pic to illustrate the result, and hope I don’t get my fingers rapped.

I just don’t have something similar to hand (I’m always ‘travelling’ when I’m at these places), but I’ll make the effort and grab some of my own as soon as time/weather permits.

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Dec 18, 2018 Posted by | council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

The Bike Life report/survey turned up on the telly and YouTube

After almost being caught and interviewed by That’s TV last week, I thought I should take a closer look.

Although their channel and content comes up on the Freeview programme guide, they are currently NOT appearing on the feed I use online, which comes from the mighty Radio Times. Not sure why it should be missing, as its predecessor was there in the slot for Freeview channel 8, and That’s TV has taken its place until recently, when channel 8 just vanished.

Since I use the online listing rather than the Freeview option, I haven’t really been following the programmes, and have kind of given up most TV due to the disgusting level of advertising. I see the few programmes I do watch now have 6-minute ad-breaks, which means at least 18 minutes of utter shite shoved in my face per hour with three breaks, and a ridiculous 24 minutes if there are four breaks.

We really are moving to the world of ‘programme breaks’ in the midst of a steady stream of advertising.

However, when I tracked down That’s TV’s web site, I found it had done a video report about the Bike Life survey I mentioned recently.

And you probably know what I’m about to say.

I have to give this a further mention, and rub the cycling activist’s nose in it, as it really does show what a horrible/ueless lot they are.

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Far from the claims in their usual whining about Glasgow City Council (and probably everybody else) doing nothing to advantage them, it shows significant spending (hundreds of millions) and a steadily growing cycling infrastructure for Glasgow. Some might even say rapidly growing, thinking back to the ‘bad old day’, and how long it took to get something ‘new’ done by the council.

I even met some of the people in this video, and I’m not an activist, just interested in what is happening in my own area – they were at an open event, inviting people to offer comments about cycle paths being added (not planned, promised, or debated, but actually being added) to our streets.

And some electric vehicle (EV) fun

I don’t want to digress, but this is slightly related.

I sometimes mention the backward attitude of the UK compared to the US as regards EVs, and spotted an anti-EV gem this morning.

One of the things found in the US is how simple EVs are compared to cars using fossil fuels, with no complex fuel burning engine to look after. Even the brakes are become ‘lifetime’ items, as EVs use increasingly clever regenerative braking to charge the batteries and recover energy. Some say the only parts that will need replacing in future will be tyres and wiper blades!

But, that’s not good enough for the naysayers.

I saw one chap seriously trying to argue that EVs were “Too complicated for old people to drive and charge”, and we had to keep petrol cars on the road for them.

Think about that for a while – he’s trying to sell the idea that a car that has one pedal to make it go, one to make it stop (and even that can be one pedal now – push to go, release to brake/stop); a lever or buttons for forward or reverse; doesn’t need a fuel pump to refuel it, just plug in a charging lead, (and barely needs servicing) is TOO COMPLEX for old people to cope with.

Naysayers are funny people.

Dog And Old Lady Driver

Dec 17, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

WHAT? Surely not ANOTHER cycling initiative from ‘useless’ Glasgow City Council

It’s almost as if I was attracting stories about Glasgow City Council which will be rubbing the cycling activists’ noses in their whines about the council not being much use with regard to improving things for cyclists in the city.

This time it is something which has been largely overlooked in the past, but I have seen being tackled by a number of authorities/cities recently, the last one being Edinburgh.

This has actually been raised before, but this seems to be the beginning of action to address this issue.

Glasgow City Council has launched a feasibility study to assess opinion on its plans to introduce new secure covered on-street cycle parking for residents of the city.

The provision of such parking, the council feel, will help remove one of the major barriers to the uptake of cycling, namely the ability to conveniently and securely store a bike.

In the first instance, the council are looking to provide facilities at 50 locations across the city.

And in doing so they will prioritise those areas of Glasgow where housing includes tower blocks, flats and tenement properties.

Glasgow City Council announces plans to introduce secure on-street cycle parking

I’m lucky in that I have my own secure space, and don’t have to negotiate stairs (just an irritating convoluted path) to get to the street.

But recently, while standing in Anderston, was intrigued to see quite a lot of bikes being stored on porches or verandas outside flats, four or five storeys up. That has to get boring after the first few hundred trips up and down!

I also see quite a lot of people with bikes in halls, or even living rooms, sometimes hung on walls to keep them out of the way.

I have to confess to wishing there were bike parks, like car parks, which were more secure than the usual street bike parking rack, or handy pole!

I have seen a few secure, on-street bike parking enclosures similar to the one pictured, one of which can be found at the rear of Glasgow Women’s Library.

Unfortunately, these would have to be maintained, so there is a cost associated with them, which is currently estimated to be about ÂŁ1.50 per week.

Secure Cycle Shelter Image Glasgow City Council

Secure On-street Cycle Parking Image Glasgow City Council

Dec 16, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | 3 Comments

63 e-bikes arriving in 2019

Another ‘poke in the eye’ for the pesky cycling activists who whine incessantly about how Glasgow City Council is doing nothing for them.

ELECTRIC bikes are due to be added to Glasgow’s cycle hire fleet by August 2019, as use of the Nextbike network continues to grow at a massive rate, contributing to a reduction in city centre traffic.

Glasgow City Council has agreed to press ahead with a ÂŁ350,000 project to introduce e-bikes to the Nextbike scheme. The council has accepted ÂŁ176,000 from the Energy Savings Trust (EST) for the initiative and will pay the other half of the cost from its Cycling Strategy budget.

A fleet of 63 e-bikes will be purchased and electrical facilities will be provided at 21 of the current 63 cycle hire stations.

GLASGOW Pressing Ahead With Electric Bike Hire Fleet

I find the whole Nextbike thing a little bizarre, seeming to me to be a pretty expensive way to get on a less than perfect bike, and no use to anybody without a mobile phone.

Then again, the nearest Nextbike station is still almost a 2-hour walk away from my front door in the depths of the east end of Glasgow – I need a bike to get to there!

Buying a cheap bike from Halfords seems like a better idea if it’s your own money – but, I’m and engineer (apparently our brains are wired differently).

I guess I’d have to say I find electric bikes a little bizarre too, but then again, I ride more for health/fitness than transport, but the latter is a bonus. Electric doesn’t offer me anything, especially when the ridiculous price of e-bikes is considered.

Nextbike has at least provided me with a few smiles.

Unlocking my own bike in Argyle Street, I bent down to pick up the loose end of the chain – and a Nextbike and rider went sliding along the ground past me, separately, on their sides, towards St Enoch Square. No idea what he did, but I had seen him riding towards me along the road, and he looked fine then.

He seemed OK, picked himself and his Nextbike up, and walked away as if nothing had happened.

Then, nearly the same place, I thought one of Glasgow’s finest winos was about to strike up a conversation with me, but it was an elderly gent who wanted a closer look at a Nextbike next to mine. I’ve never even touched one, so couldn’t answer his questions, but he wasn’t impressed, and moaned about the material, the shape, all the stuff hung onto it, the weight, the tyres – I was beginning to feel sorry for the poor Nextbike he had picked on!

I shouldn’t really start on the terrible cycling of some of their riders, mostly with no helmet, or clue about traffic. I honestly don’t know how some of them survive what they do. (That’s NOT to meant, or taken, as a generalisation of Nextbike riders, just that there’s a good chance of seeing something bad if you watch out for the bad ones, just like with cyclists, and drivers, and pedestrians, and taxi drivers, and… )

As an aside, Nextbikes in Glasgow look pretty boring.

I’ve seen the Nextbike web sites abroad, and they have quite a choice, including MTBs that look fairly mean and well spec’d!

Regardless, the main point is that Glasgow is clearly NOT all mouth and  no trousers when it comes to cycling.

As usual, I suggest ignoring any whining or moaning cycling activists, and find out what’s happening in Glasgow for yourself.

Sadly, I also have to suggest digging deep, as info is still a bit sparse if you don’t dig, and just make general queries online.

But that has improved through 2018 – so I guess it can only get better.

I really wanted to track down a pic of one of their e-bikes at a charging station, but there seem to be none, and only a scarce few pics of the e-bike itself. I was curious to see how they managed the connection, but I guess I’ll have to wait.

You can identify them by the larger enclosed hub around the cranks.

Back tyre in this pic…

Nextbike e-bike

Nextbike e-bike

Dec 16, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Oh dear – the cycling activists are going to be REALLY UPSET at this news

I can’t get away from opportunities to kick the damned cycling activists over the past few days.

It looks as if YET ANOTHER set of actual data makes a mockery of their endless whining about cyclists being ignored in preference for motorists, or similar claims they like to keep making.

CYCLE journeys to and from Glasgow City Centre have more than doubled in less than ten years, according to new data collected by the council’s Sustainable Transport team. There has also been a large increase in those walking in and out of the central area.

Figures based on the annual count of people cycling past 35 locations around the city centre area show that travelling by bike has gone up by 111 per cent between 2009 and 2018.

According to the count, which took place over two days in September this year, there were 5,712 journeys by bike into the city centre on average each day with a total number of 11,000 journeys in and out of the city centre on a daily basis.

The 2018 count also indicated that almost 53,000 people walk into the city centre on average each day, with a total number of 102,972 journeys in and out of the city centre on a daily basis.  This is a near 19 per cent increase on 2009 and also suggests that a substantial number of the city centre’s 150,000-plus workforce walk to work every day.

BIG Increases In Glasgow City Centre Cycling And Walking

On the other hand…

Perhaps I should come clean, and be more honest about these results.

I HAVE SKEWED THEM and made them invalid!

I have to confess that sometimes I cycle to and from Glasgow, past the very counters mentioned, up to THREE time a day.

So, sadly, those figures could be three time higher than they actually are.

NOT!

That said, I have sometimes cycled past those counters, watched the number increase, and wondered about the total.

On the other hand, in the real world, I have also passed some of them via gates and paths that miss them altogether, so I’d guess that over all journeys, for all riders, the overall number balances out.

Interestingly, the pic which accompanied the above article must have been taken some time ago (well, look at the weather), since I haven’t looked at the Saltmarket counter recently (always in a hurry now), or grabbed a pic (I should, shouldn’t I), but my recollection is of a number much higher than the 19,998 shown. With my memory, I’m not even going to TRY to recall the last count I saw there!

I must stop next time, and take a pic.

Incidentally, I walk AND cycle here, but there’s a heck of a difference between a near 2-hour walk (and it always takes longer as I stop to take pics), and a 45-minute bike ride.

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Saltmarket Cycle Counter Pic Credit ReGlasgow

Dec 14, 2018 Posted by | council, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The REAL reason Deliveroo numbers are ‘rising’

I don’t think this story is telling the FULL story…

I think they’re selectively forgetting to tell that while numbers surge as riders join – they’re falling as others are removed from the gene pool.

Online delivery firm Deliveroo has seen its rider numbers surge in Scotland in recent years, according to figures seen by BBC Scotland.

In 2015 – two years after the company was founded – there were fewer than 100 Deliveroo couriers in Scotland. Today, there are more than 1,400.

Edinburgh has the most at 641, followed by Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Deliveroo reveals big rise in rider numbers

Seriously!

Have you seen Deliveroo riders during the dark nights?

Probably  not.

They look more like competitors fighting for the next Darwin Award.

Don’t feel smug if you have a big box with ‘UBER’ plastered over it  –  the story may not be about that company, but same rider issue in the dark.

As I cycle through Glasgow, I find it shocking that these riders, who probably follow the example of taxi drivers, and call themselves ‘professionals’, are unlikely to be seen.

Few of them seem to have lights fitted to their bikes.

Those that do appear to buy theirs from Poundland, and never replace the batteries, and would probably be better lit if they fitted candles.

I saw one who had bought a ÂŁ1.50 pair of little silicone rubber lights (a white one for the front, a red one for the rear) powered by CR2032 button cells, and had tied BOTH the red and the white to the end of their rear rack frame, so were showing a WHITE light to the rear (at least while the battery lasted). CR2032 lithium cells aren’t going to last, and are far from cheap, so those lights aren’t going to be maintained either (each one uses two cells), and will be discarded as soon as the riders learn the cost of keeping them lit.

I value my life.

I have a number of lights for use front and rear, under different conditions, and designed to be bright without dazzling those I’m riding towards or away from, all rechargeable. While I draw the line at hi-vis stuff, I do have a fair amount of hidden, or covert, reflectors. So, even if my lights fail totally (including the spares I carry), I’m not invisible in the dark.

I’ve also spoken to some cyclists who don’t give damn about anyone else, and whose attitude is one of “I don’t care if I dazzle other people, as long as I can see OK I’ll have the brightest lights I can get”.

They mean drivers of course, but forger that any other cyclist riding towards their front or rear ‘mini-suns’ is also being blinded by them, and can’t see traffic past them.

It’s a pity the police can’t have such offenders bikes crushed as easily as offending drivers’ cars.

I haven’t worked out how to grab pics of these lunatics – how do you take a pic of an unlit bike in the dark?

It’s like taking a pic of a black cat in a dark room at midnight with the lights turned off.

But, I did find this, which illustrates the problem.

Typical Deliveroo On Left

Typical Deliveroo On Left

Dec 11, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Interesting… Chris Boardman doesn’t seem to agree with Glasgow’s cycling activists

While I have to choose my words carefully, and avoid putting words in his mouth, it seems that someone who probably has half an idea what he is talking about, as regards cycling at least, agrees with me.

I’ve recently become sick and tired of the endless whining coming from those I’d class as cycling activists, who seem to complain about ‘nothing’ ever being done to benefit cyclists (according to them, motorists are the blessed ones), and locally at least, Glasgow City Council is useless.

In recent posts, I’ve suggested they just go away and give the rest of us peace, as we are quite happy with all the positive work being put in place by Glasgow City Council which, far from ignoring cyclists, is installing path, routes, and avenues (to an existing system, which this year I found is pretty good already) for cyclists, which is making it easy for us to cycle through the city centre with surprising ease.

Before I started doing that, I read the comments of various ‘activists’ and forums on cycling in Glasgow – and was scared out of my wits by them.

Now, I’m coming close to almost 2,000 miles, which means crossing the city centre (or along its edge) on almost every trip to places like Riverside and Kelvingrove (from the far east end), and I wish I had NEVER looked at their clearly biased comments.

Boardman was featured in a short local article.

A former British cycling champion has praised Glasgow for ‘sorting out’ the city’s cycle lanes.

Chris Boardman, an Olympic gold medal winner and Tour De France competitor, said the city council’s plans for Sauchiehall Street should be praised.

Writing on Twitter, the 50-year-old said: “Kudos to Glasgow, quietly getting on with sorting itself out any UK City not prioritising is soon going to find themselves a less desirable place to live…”

Former cycling champion praises Glasgow for ‘sorting out’ city centre bike paths

I think he said something very similar to my own thought regarding Glasgow City Council’s efforts…

Glasgow, quietly getting on with sorting itself out

The council seems to spend its life being kicked by people who have not actually considered the facts about what they being negative about, and the only thing I seem to find the council guilty of these days is being too quiet, not standing up for itself more forcefully, and getting credit for its successes, most of which seem to be ignored in favour of a few high-profile ‘Bad News’ stories.

A good example are the cycle lanes, routes, and priority cycle lights we have.

I didn’t learn about their existence from the council’s general cycling advice, or comments or advice in any cycling forums.

I found them for myself, only when I hit the roads.

As I say, things are too quiet.

There needs to more publicity about things like this.

Cycle Priority Traffic Lights

Cycle Priority Traffic Lights

Dec 11, 2018 Posted by | council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Looks like I really do live down a cold hole

After a couple of years of noticing an odd weather (or is it local climate) effect, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m NOT imagining it.

This year in particular, with its apparently milder start to the winter season compared to recent years, has made this effect even more noticeable for me.

What I find is that I can either be at home, or wandering the local streets, and think the day is freezing (which it is, both by looking at the ground, and reading thermometers). But, if I have to go out, once I get about a mile away, it’s always warmer.

I used to think I was just imagining this, as walking a mile takes 15-20 minutes, so you should be warming up anyway. But, that wouldn’t explain the lack of ice/frost, or frozen ground, which I might just have walked through near home, but is not present once I’ve walked that mile.

Tonight, I found another confirmation after decided to cycle to the shops.

The road past my door is gritted regularly, and the gritters have been out, so it was fine.

Then I turned off it – and found myself being VERY cautious. There was a nice, sparkly, coating of ice on the road.

Yet when I was coming up to that first mile – all was well again, and there was no ice on the back streets near the shops.

At least I knew to be extra careful as I headed home.

Hydraulic disk brakes on bikes – absolute MAGIC!

I also note that Glasgow City council (you know, the council I suggest local people STOP slagging off, and actually LOOK at what it does) published its ‘Bad Weather’ policy statement a few weeks ago, and that included a commitment to have its gritters not only working on established critical roads, but also cycle paths and routes with them.

While they can’t clear EVERY road and route, it does mean that they are NOT ignoring cyclists, as perhaps the damned ‘cycling activists’ might want us to believe.

We even have an online Gritter Tracker

Apparently the tracker is worth looking at just for fun, as out gritters have names, such as ‘Gritty Gritty Bang Bang’.

But, we don’t have these though (as far as I know).

Dec 10, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Maps, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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