Top award hopes for city cycle project
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