Top award hopes for city cy­cle project

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By VIVI­ENNE NI­COLL

A SCHEME to cre­ate a ‘MiniHol­land’ in the heart of Glas­gow is in the run­ning for a top award.

It takes in­spi­ra­tion from the Nether­lands in the hope of mak­ing a cy­cle-friendly com­mu­nity.

Last year there was an in­crease in cy­cling in Glas­gow and the coun­cil hopes the project will fur­ther boost num­bers.

The de­sign will com­pete against fi­nal­ists from High­land, Stir­ling and Ed­in­burgh coun­cils.

A SCHEME to cre­ate a mini-Hol­land in the heart of Glas­gow is in the run­ning for a top award.

It takes in­spi­ra­tion from the Nether­lands in the hope of mak­ing the Wood­side area a cy­cle friendly com­mu­nity.

Part of the scheme would in­volve a cy­cle route along St Ge­orge’s Road from Char­ing Cross to Pos­sil Road con­nect­ing to the Sauchiehall Street cy­cle­way, which is be­ing de­liv­ered as part of an up­grade of the fa­mous shop­ping street.

The city coun­cil plan also in­cludes ex­pand­ing the city’s cy­cle network into the city cen­tre, Great Western Road, Mary­hill, Garscube Road and the Forth and Clyde Canal in a the hope of mak­ing cy­cling the pre­ferred way to travel.

Pedes­trian and cy­cle cross­ing fa­cil­i­ties at St Ge­orge’s Cross Sub­way sta­tion would un­dergo ma­jor redesign to im­prove ac­cess to the sta­tion and sur­round­ing streets.

It is be­lieved that as well im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of lo­cal peo­ple, the project would boost lo­cal economies and in­crease road safety.

The Mini-Hol­land scheme is a fi­nal­ist in the Com­mu­nity Links PLUS com­pe­ti­tion which is hosted by Sus­trans Scot­land and funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

It is aimed at in­spir­ing pub­lic bodies in Scot­land to de­sign bet­ter places and spa­ces for peo­ple to live, walk and cy­cle.

Last year there was a 6.7% in­crease in cy­cling in Glas­gow and the coun­cil hopes the project will fur­ther boost num­bers.

The de­sign will com­pete against fi­nal­ists from High­land, Stir­ling and Ed­in­burgh coun­cils with bids pre­sented to a judg­ing panel on Au­gust 17.

Anna Richard­son, the coun­cil’s con­vener for sus­tain­abil­ity and car­bon re­duc­tion said: “The Wood­side Mini-Hol­land was a fi­nal­ist in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion where it was up against a to­tal of 37 other na­tional bids.

“It is more than just seg­re­gated cy­cle routes and to reach the fi­nal is very promis­ing. The project has the po­ten­tial to trans­form the area for ev­ery­one through im­proved pedes­trian and cy­cling ac­cess, in­creased cy­cle park­ing fa­cil­i­ties for res­i­dents, schools and busi­nesses along with pub­lic realm im­prove­ments.

“We want Glas­gow to be the most cy­cle-friendly city in Scot­land and our plans for Wood­side Mini-Hol­land, if suc­cess­ful, will help to get a lot more peo­ple out and about, whether on bike or foot, and that is what we are aim­ing for.”

Plans to cre­ate a Mini-Hol­land are in the run­ning for a top award. Above and be­low, artist’s im­pres­sions for the project

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