Temporary travel infrastructure that provides additional public space for walking, wheeling and cycling during COVID-19 has been introduced across Glasgow.
Whilst Spaces for People measures make it easier to stay a safe distance from others in public places, much of the infrastructure increases the viability and appeal of walking, wheeling and cycling for every day journeys, and therefore if kept could contribute to the prioritisation of sustainable transport across the city. An independent report which makes recommendations on whether Spaces for People infrastructure measures should be retained or removed as physical distancing restrictions lessen, will therefore be considered by councillors at City Administration Committee on 16 September 2021. You can find more details about the report here.
A street-by-street approach has been adopted, with temporary measures introduced to allow priority to be given to pedestrian space around our transport centres, core shopping streets and any identified pedestrian pinch points.
Work completed to date includes footway widening around Glasgow Central Station High and Low Level entrances to provide additional queuing space, as well as footway widening and road closures in and around George Square, including North Hanover Street at Queen St station. A bus/cycle/taxi gate has also been added to George Square (south) and South Frederick St (north), and a bus/cycle/taxi lane on Cochrane Street to speed up journeys and support sustainable transport.
Footway widening around core streets within the city centre was also implemented last year at locations including Hope Street, Union Street and Bath Street as well as Renfield Street and West George Street. Extra space has also been created on Montrose Street to support students.
Following a period of monitoring and review earlier this year, the footway widening barriers have now been removed at the majority of locations apart from around George Square and the train stations. Instead, work is almost complete to install more attractive infrastructure such as that now complete in the Merchant City and George Square which will make it easier to maintain physical distancing as lockdown restrictions ease, and footfall in our city centre increases. Complementary work is also expected shortly around St Vincent Place and Queen Street.
Other initiatives to ease pedestrian movement in the city centre include the installation of temporary bus boarders - with the first ones installed on Glassford Street outside Marks and Spencer, and at Trongate next to Tesco Express. This infrastructure extends the footway out into the road, ensuring continued accessibility onto public transport whilst providing extra space for pedestrians at noted pinch points.
Full details of all city centre projects delivered (and ongoing) can be found here.
This element of the programme has freed up pedestrian space where it's most needed such as outside local shops, and has primarily been achieved through the removal of kerbside parking.
We initially widened footways at Easterhouse, Cardonald, Tollcross, Parkhead, Cessnock, Shawlands, Bridgeton, Partick (Dumbarton Rd), Finnieston and Byres Road. Whilst some of the footway widening measures have since been removed following a period of monitoring and review, the infrastructure can be readily reinstated should the need arise. This flexible approach also applies to other areas such as Berryknowes, Cathcart, Croftfoot, Gorbals, Govan, Duke Street, Possilpark, Shettleston and Springburn - with detailed plans already drawn up for these areas which can be mobilised quickly if required.
Changes were also made to the road layout on Kelvin Way to balance the provision of extra space for walkers, wheelers and cyclists whilst enabling vehicular access into the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - see Sustrans' video of how locals are enjoying the new space.
Full details of Neighbourhood projects can be found here.
Projects implemented to date:
|Cardonald (Paisley Road West)||Easterhouse (Westerhouse Rd,|
Bogbain Rd & Shandwick Street)
|Parkhead (Tollcross Rd and Westmuir St)||Tollcross (Tollcross Rd)|
|Partick (Dumbarton Rd)||Shawlands (Deanston Dr)|
|Cessnock (Paisley Road West)||Bridgeton (Main St)|
|Finnieston (Argyle St)||Hillhead (Byres Rd)|
Potential Future Projects:
Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Pl & Lamermoor Ave)
Cathcart (Cathcart Road)
Croftfoot (Carmunnock Rd, Drakemire Dr and Carmunnock Rd)
Gorbals (Crown Street)
Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street)
This workstream has created temporary cycling infrastructure that encourages active travel to be considered as an attractive, viable choice for everyday journeys.
We have created temporary pop-up cycle lanes at Broomielaw, Dumbreck Road, London Road (Phase 1 and Phase 2), Great Western Road (Duntreath Avenue to Lincoln Avenue), Gorbals Street, Cumbernauld Road, Provanmill Road, Bilsland Drive, Hawthorn Street, Brockburn Road, Braidcraft Road, Cambridge Street and Royston Road.
Full details of temporary Active Travel Routesin place can be found here.
Following a sucessful trial in 2019 that saw significant reductions in traffic around the six primary schools involved, Spaces for People funding has enabled the council to introduce on a temporary basis, a further 20 School Car Free Zones. The zones are designed to prohibit cars and other vehicles from driving up to school gates at peak times each weekday during term time.
More details about the schools involved and the way the scheme operates can be found here.
We have increased signage within our parks and providing wayfinding on routes to help ease physical distancing, along with vegetation clearance to remove obstructions on public footways.
An early Spaces for People intervention saw the need for pedestrians to use the push buttons at crossings eliminated to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This popular measure which is now in operation at over 50 sets of lights is being rolled out more widely throughout the city.