Kelvin Way is now sporting pop-up cycle lanes and attractive planters as part of a revised road layout, created through our Spaces for People programme.
The popular thoroughfare was initially closed to vehicle traffic at the height of the lockdown to enable safer physical distancing for those exercising in and around Kelvingrove Park. Keen to ensure that this space continues to be enjoyed for active travel whilst enabling access for all into the recently re-opened Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in addition to installing a cycle lane along part of the route, a stretch of Kelvin Way is now re-opened to vehicle traffic.
Vehicles are now directed toward the museum car park entrance when turning off Sauchiehall Street, and cannot progress any further along Kelvin Way. Exit from the museum car park is via a separate route.
The remainder of Kelvin Way between the museum car park entrance and University Avenue is closed to traffic, continuing to be exclusively for walkers, wheelers and cyclists.
The new cycle lane which which is located at the Sauchiehall Street end of Kelvin Way, is bi-directional and fitted with soft segregation. Lining this part of the road is a mixture of distinctive black and white zicla planters, as well as recycled wooden planters created by social enterprise Glasgow Wood Recycling - to enhance local amenity and enjoyment of the space.
This more structured approach to the use of Kelvin Way particularly with the introduction of a pop-up cycle lane, is expected to balance the needs of all road users and ensure that the space available is used appropriately.
Cllr Anna Richardson, Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said: "These revisions provide a more sustainable long-term layout and ensure that those out walking, wheeling and cycling in this popular area continue to have the safer space to do so. As the Spaces for People programme develops further, we'll be seeking to improve the appearance of temporary measures wherever possible."
Check out the video below to see what the new road layout looks like from a cyclist's perspective:
Supported by funding from the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is seeing temporary infrastructure measures introduced across Glasgow to provide extra space for people to walk, wheel or cycle as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Short-term measures across our city centres and neighbourhoods has involved footway widening at pinch points to ease pedestrian movement and make it easier to access businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. A network of temporary strategic cycling routes are also being created to highlight cycling as an attractive, viable and long term commuting choice.