So you may have heard through the chain line that our local friendly Glasgow City Council have put out a consultation for feedback on their latest revised 'Strategic Plan for Cycling'. It has cheered Bike Gob that they are asking for our opinions on this as we have been asking to be asked about such things for a long time, and now that we have the opportunity to have our voice heard, we must use it.
Here is what Bike Gob will be feeding back.
Dearest Glasgow City Council.
Thank you so much for putting your latest Strategic Plan for Cycling out to consultation. As you know, Bike Gob loves to cycle around Glasgow and has already let you know of lots of things that need improved so Bike Gob is very happy that you are asking all gobs what they think now. Here is what Bike Gob thinks about your Plan.
First of all Bike Gob thought Bike Gob had followed the wrong link to the document (there were many links on your confusing website) as the Plan initially appears to be more of a marketing document, telling us all how great cycling in Glasgow is. As a cyclist in Glasgow, Bike Gob knows that it is not so great, so while BG is delighted that you are keen to improve cycling in Glasgow, BG's first suggestion is that you stop wasting time telling us it's great and spend more time working out how to make it better. It is really encouraging that you are trying to up your game though, so to help, Bike Gob has made some corrections for you.
See Bike Gob's Bridge to Nowhere findings here
Here is why Glasgow does NOT have 310 kms of cycle network.
Here is why Berkeley Street is a terrible example of a cycle lane.
Overall, Glasgow City Council, it is great that you are keen to make improvements and many of your suggestions are heading along the right lines, however BG's overriding feeling is that the Plan in it's current state lacks ambition. Our networks are too patchy. Your focus is lacking on the important issue - infrastructure. We need a wider, bigger vision, one that turned car-centric cities like Copenhagen and Utrecht around in a matter of years. One that needs brave decisions to be made by people like you. Stop wasting time and money making marketing documents like this that aim only to hide what little money you are actually putting into cycling. Take a risk. Glasgow is a beautiful city and you are in a position to make it the most beautiful city in the world by giving it back to the people. Please. Do. More.
Thanks and much love,
Bike Gob x
So that's what Bike Gob thinks. Each response is valuable so please, if you think anything at all can be improved, please tell them. You don't need to go into much detail. Maybe just fill out their tiny form. But if you think something about it, Bike Gob begs you, please tell them.
The deadline for feedback is 4th of September 2015.
The online Strategic Cycling Plan can be read here.
The online feedback form is here.
You can put your thoughts in writing to here:
Projects Manager (Glasgow’s Strategic Plan for
Land and Environmental Services,
Glasgow City Council,
231 George Street,
And although they don't like to make things easy and haven't mentioned the email link for responses, Bike Gob will also be emailing here: