5 comments on “University Avenue Shared Space Proposal

  1. I’m really enjoying your commentary of Uni Avenue (as I happen to live in it). I also drove one of the minibuses for Glasgow Uni for a year. Uni Ave is like so much of Glasgow – traffic is the priority and pedestrians are an afterthought. It’s especially dangerous outside the uni’s reading library when you’re just over the brow of the hill there. Cars have picked up a good speed by this point, and I know of one pedestrian (student) that has been hit there as she tried to cross the road. This was a few years ago now.

    The western infirmary site was (until the 04 April 2016) a major cut through for cyclists – who cd get to the south side without any danger. Now the whole site is closed to access and cyclists are resigned – for how long exactly?! – to enter Byres Rd from Uni Place and join the fast moving traffic as it speeds down Church Street. None of this is acceptable as far as I’m concerned and I just don’t know why they couldn’t make alternative provision for all the students pedestrians and cyclists who used this safe and pollution free cut through daily.

    • I’m not surprised that someone has been hit there, what is surprising is that it doesn’t happen more often. Do you know when that incident was? It could be useful know. It would be good to sit their with a camera and film the various near misses.

      The University has given little to no consideration to people on bikes or foot through-out previous works and seems to lack an understanding of how hostile the current environment is. This is particularly frustrating when viewed in light of the number of times they have stated sustainable travel being top high priority – paying lip service.

  2. ‘m really enjoying your commentary of Uni Avenue (as I happen to live in it). I also drove one of the minibuses for Glasgow Uni for a year. Uni Ave is like so much of Glasgow – traffic is the priority and pedestrians are an afterthought. It’s especially dangerous outside the uni’s reading library when you’re just over the brow of the hill there. Cars have picked up a good speed by this point, and I know of one pedestrian (student) that has been hit there as she tried to cross the road. This was a few years ago now.

    The western infirmary site was (until the 04 April 2016) a major cut through for cyclists – who cd get to the south side without any danger. Now the whole site is closed to access and cyclists are resigned – for how long exactly?! – to enter Byres Rd from Uni Place and join the fast moving traffic as it speeds down Church Street. None of this is acceptable as far as I’m concerned and I just don’t know why they couldn’t make alternative provision for all the students pedestrians and cyclists who used this safe and pollution free cut through daily.

  3. The accident was a few years ago now. But the SRC minbuses pulling out of there (in front of the reading library) just makes things a hundred times worse. Because motorists are just not expecting it. And the SRC buses are completely obscured to motorists if there’s a regular bus at that bus stop there right in front of the gates.

    As the minibuses attempt to edge out they sit there for ages waiting for a break in traffic from both sides. Pedestrians are compelled to stand there for bloody ages and just wait for the SRC buses to get off the pavement or walk out into the road. You should film that – it’s a joke.

    Commuting down Church St now, on the bike, I’ve noticed a big increase in the no. of heavy goods vehicles from the hospital site. It’s really not safe for a cyclist. I’ve seen them parking right on the corner there of Church St and Dumbarton Rd, now cyclists can’t even do a safe left turn (into what is very fast traffic on Dumbarton Rd).

    And University Place is just a car park. Exiting that road and turning left onto Byres Rd there you can’t even see the pedestrians on the pavement there trying to just cross the road because they are obscured by cars. And you’re distracted looking right for fast-moving cars coming down Byres Rd. I don’t think Glasgow Uni and their contractors really care for anyone.

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