The Fastlink thread!
Anyone know if there's official information on which parts you're legally allowed to cycle on and the parts you're not. A bus driver spoke with me about using the Broomielaw part under the Kingston bridge and I was told I wasn't supposed to... He said he was concerned with my safety, although I'm not sure if that extends to me mixing with buses the rest of the time.
This was also the same driver who entered Fastlink (west bound at the Squiggly bridge) at speed and had to brake because pedestrians were crossing inline with their desire.
My understanding is that cycling is allowed (officially) only over the bridge as far as the traffic lights at the Four Winds building (where Govan Rd splits from Pacific Drive).
Which is where, speaking of safety, I nearly got caught out heading left (turning onto Govan Rd) when the lights went green and assuming the bus coming the other way would be continuing diagonally across the lights to go over the bridge - but it wasn't, it was going straight on, across my path.
It was pretty unlucky as the the Fastlink carriageway is so sparsely used they've had to put notices up to remind those pesky peds that it is actually a road. Since then I seem to have been stopped there when there's no traffic of any kind in sight so rather than wait for the lights and possibly an ambiguous bus appearing opposite I hop off and haul the bike over the middle island and scamper across to Govan Rd.
@timba that's good to know!
One of the odd things about Fastlink is there are parts where the buses are separated from general motor traffic, I'm assuming to increase their speed, and there are other parts where the bus is back on the main carriageway and having to change lane to avoid parked cars. It seems the buses are prioritized as long as it doesn't inconvenience parking.
Good news! There's money left in the Fastlink budget for cycling related improvements (paraphrasing Govan councillors).
Hold the champagne though. They've started the work. It's all (ALL) shared pavements. Just one example of much awfulness: they're spending money (our money) widening the pavement on the section of Govan Road leading south fromthe Four Winds building. That's the section prohibited for everything except buses and taxis. Where there are no bus routes.
All most disappointing after the alluring vision of the South City Way plans, plainly Mr Hyde has got hold of the control levers again.
Worse - looks like it's being presented as wonderful improvements for cycling - but it' alls Bikewash.
Both Bike Gob and Go-Bike have blogged about this ridiculous state of affairs.
It would be nice to have a video of the Fastlink cycling experience from both directions.
Were other people aware the council plans to extend Fastlink to the west on both sides of the river? Seems to follow current path past Riverside (although plan said they'd do a new path, I think). May explain waste ground at riverbank between pump house/distillery and Riverside?
I found it in the City Plan when looking something up recently. See purple lines at left edge of this map (8MB): https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=10670&p=0
I wonder if this is partly motivated by the slow bus route along Dumbarton Road. The excess private motor traffic impedes the buses.