Kelvin Way will soon see the introduction of a pop-up cycle lane and the installation of attractive planters as part of a revised road layout.
Fully closed to vehicle traffic since the height of the lockdown as part of our Spaces for People programme to enable safer physical distancing for those exercising in and around Kelvingrove Park; the tree-lined thoroughfare has proved very popular with walkers, wheelers and cyclists.
Keen to ensure that this space continues to be enjoyed for active travel whilst enabling access for all into the recently re-opened Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in addition to installing a cycle lane along part of the route, a stretch of Kelvin Way will be re-opened to vehicle traffic.
Vehicles will be directed toward the museum car park entrance when turning off Sauchiehall Street, and won't be able to progress any further along Kelvin Way. Exit from the museum car park will be via a separate route.
The remainder of Kelvin Way between the museum car park entrance and University Avenue will remain closed to traffic, continuing to be exclusively for walkers, wheelers and cyclists.
The new cycle lane which will be located at the Sauchiehall Street end of Kelvin Way, will be bi-directional and fitted with soft segregation. Lining this part of the road will be distinctive black and white zicla planters, as well as the traditional wooden versions created by social enterprise Glasgow Wood Recycling to enhance local amenity and enjoyment of the space.
This more structured approach to the use of Kelvin Way particularly with the introduction of a pop-up cycle lane, is expected to balance the needs of all road users and ensure that the space available is used appropriately.
Cllr Anna Richardson, Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said: "These revisions proposed for Kelvin Way will provide a more sustainable long-term layout and ensure that those out walking, wheeling and cycling in this popular area continue to have the safer space to do so. As the Spaces for People programme develops further, we'll be seeking to improve the appearance of temporary measures where possible, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the planters installed, further enhancing the popularity of this space."
Supported by funding from the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is seeing temporary infrastructure measures introduced across Glasgow to provide extra space for people to walk, wheel or cycle as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Short-term measures across our city centres and neighbourhoods has involved footway widening at pinch points to ease pedestrian movement and make it easier to access businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. A network of temporary strategic cycling routes are also being created to highlight cycling as an attractive, viable and long term commuting choice.
Work starts on the revised road layout on tomorrow and is expected to take approximately two weeks, with vehicular access to the museum car park entrance expected to be available from Tuesday 29 September 2020.