Work is underway on an ‘ambitious’ £8m project, being described as the ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ to connect Glasgow’s walking and cycling network.
‘Connecting Woodside’ has been funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council and delivered through the Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone programme.
The works will be made up of ‘strategic’ protected cycle routes through Charing Cross and along Garscube Road, Woodlands Road, and St George’s Road.
Public spaces, walking routes, new pedestrian crossings, and electric car and bike hire stations will also form part of the project.
Cllr Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction at Glasgow City Council, said: “Connecting Woodside will ultimately transform walking and cycling across an entire neighbourhood, making local journeys for work and leisure easier and more attractive.
“It will also see the city centre become far more accessible by foot and bike to a substantial and diverse community that otherwise has to navigate some of the city’s busiest roads to get there.
“The climate emergency has renewed our focus on efforts to promote a greater uptake of sustainable transport in Glasgow. Having more people walking and cycling will help ensure Glasgow can achieve its ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”
Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone Programme provides advice, support and funding for the creation of ‘safe, attractive, healthier places’ that increase the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling.
Lindley Kirkpatrick, Sustrans Scotland programme director for active cities and towns, said: “Glasgow City Council has taken some of the best walking and cycling design from across Europe and worked with local communities and schools to create something unique for Connecting Woodside.
“The new segregated route on Garscube Road will make it easier for people across the north-west of Glasgow to walk, cycle or wheel as part of their everyday journeys.
“It will also make the neighbourhood a more attractive place to live in, work in and enjoy thanks to new on-street cycle storage spaces and new places for people to rest and relax.”