The detailed plans are out for the long awaited Sauchiehall Avenue and they look promising. For those not familiar with the project the intention is to build protected cycling provision on Sauchiehall St between the pedestrianised part and Charing Cross.
The detailed plans are cut into sections and so we’ve rejoined them together to improve viewing:
- Parking on the Garnethill side (top) is replaced with a 3m wide bidirectional bike path
- Traffic lights for side streets are removed but the pedestrian crossing lights are retained and on new raised tables (note there are zebra crossings in the above artists impression that are not present in the drawings)
- Pavement surface upgraded
The plans in their current form represent a big step change to the current environment but we feel there is room for improvement. The proposed changes have been illustrated by modifying the existing drawings, shown below, with more detailed explanations to follow.
Side Rd Priority and Raised Tables
- Continue the bike path surface across side road junctions to give clear priority
- Use raised tables only on side roads and pedestrian crossings
- Introduce entry ramps: shown by dark grey lines and in the photo below
- Narrow carriageway lanes from 3m to 2.8m
- In places without bus stops etc, restrict the carriageway to one lane
Charring Cross Junction
- Continue bike path across junction to link into the side street West of the junction
Blythswoods St and Rose St junction
- Add bicycle signal phase and paths for Rose St and Blythswoods St
- Link path into previously proposed Sauchiehall St pedestrianised bike path
- Build contraflow cycle lanes/paths
- Reduce carriageway to single lane
- See complete modified drawings for examples
To whom it may concern,
The plans represent a big improvement to the hostile cycling conditions on Sauchiehall St and are warmly welcomed. I think that there is room for further improvement and so will describe my suggestions here, but you can see visualisations on my blog at this link: https://conflictbydesign.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/sauchiehall-avenue-plans/
The cycle path should have its continuous tarmac surface over the setts on the side roads. This visually emphasises to any car driver that they give way at this point. From a walking and cycling point of view, they shouldn’t feel like they are crossing a road, rather a driver should feel they are crossing a pavement.
Use raised tables only on side roads and pedestrian crossings; in the current plans the raised tables are too large and thereby removing their purpose of slowing motor traffic when crossing a path.
Road lanes should be limited to 2.8 m, this would reinforce a 20mph zone and give more space for walking and shorter crossing distances.
The current dual carriageway layout encourages fast driving and occupies a large proportion of the street space. Build outs could be used where there are no bus stops, taxi ranks etc and thus the road is no longer straight. This would also self enforce slower speeds whilst freeing that space for other purposes.
The pedestrian/cycle bridge at Charing Cross is too steep and poorly positioned to be of use and so the bike path should continue over the motorway to connect with Woodside Cresent. This would also help resolve how people enter the path when coming West.
At the opposite end at the Blythswoods St and Rose St junction, there is no provision for cyclists turning onto these streets. This should be changed to incorporate a bicycle only traffic light phase and the appropriate paths/lanes.
The oneway side roads should allow two way cycling, modifications would be needed to minimise conflict (unless traffic levels are low enough (<200 pcu/hr )). Examples include switching sides at the Douglas St taxi rank, single lane, protected cycle paths and cycle entrances. You can see ideas on the blog.