Segregated cycle lanes and fewer parking bays feature in latest plan for Byres Road

By Ian Marland at

The latest plans for Byres Road have been shown to interested parties.

They include segregated cycle lanes all the way along its length.

The lanes on both sides of the carriageway have been made possible by the loss of two-thirds of the street’s parking bays.

Byres Road improvements

Cracks: Byres Road is in line for improvements

The plans, as they stand, were shown to ‘stakeholders’ at a behind-closed-doors design workshop last week.

Local businesses, disability groups and cyclists were represented.

Glasgow West End Today has not seen the plans, but has spoken to people who were at the session.

Glasgow city council is still finalising its £9m improvement scheme.

The process is already a year behind schedule as planners try to strike a balance between competing users.

Initial plans that went to committee last year were deemed to offer little benefit to cyclists and pedestrians.

Cycle protest

Protests: cyclists have been campaigning for segregated lanes on Byres Road. Photo: GoBike

Cllr Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, gave a commitment last October that revised proposals would feature segregated lanes.

That process is now drawing to a close with the new scheme set to go to committee next month.

It’s understood changes could still be made following comments made at the session last week.

Features of what is being offered presently include:

* proposals as they stand are for kerb-edged segregated cycle lanes from top to bottom, both sides of the road, similar to what has been installed in Berkeley Street

* the width of the carriageway will be reduced to slow down two-way traffic

* car parking bays along Byres Road have been reduced from around 117 at present to 41 (although this is a moveable figure)

* the majority of parking bays are located south of Church Street under the new plan

* disabled parking bays have been positioned at the top of side streets leading off Byres Road

* a taxi rank will stay

* a one-way system will exist south of the Church Street junction

Byres Road upgrade

Proposals: previous plans have hinted how areas such Chancellor Street may look

Disability groups are said to be concerned about the safety of kerb-edge cycle lanes.

Cycle campaigners are happy that segregated lanes have been included but have asked they be changed to ‘step-track’.

This is a design that has been used on a section of the South City Way route in Victoria Road in the city’s southside.

Not convinced

A spokeswoman for GoBike said the group was “delighted” with what was on offer – but hoped the plans could be revised.

Byres Road Business Improvement District said its members were not convinced by the arguments for cycle lanes.

A spokeswoman said 90% of businesses were concerned about the impact segregated lanes would have on parking and deliveries.

Berkeley Street

Scheme: kerb-edged cycle lanes have been installed in Berkeley Street in Glasgow

A council source said the plans were still “a work in progress”.

The plans were not final and the views of disability groups and businesses were being taken seriously, the source said.

Money for the improvements is coming from the Glasgow region City Deal pot of more than £1bn.

The thinking is that a smarter public realm will help drive the economy and complement investment being made by Glasgow University at its new campus on the site of the former Western Infirmary.

Work was supposed to have started on the scheme last December.

It’s now not likely to start before the end of this year.