Glasgow City Council

Commute by bike

Glasgow's cycling infrastructure is improving every year. Currently we have just over 301 km of cycle lanes of various types. We have also surpassed our installation of cycle racks of 100 per year each year since 2007.

Why should I commute by bicycle?

You have no fuel costs and you build exercise into your daily routine. Your pollution free commute contributes to the overall reduction in petrol or diesel use and the resultant pollution, making Glasgow greener whilst helping the environment by reducing your personal carbon footprint.

Glasgow is developing cycle routes from the city centre called City Ways. These are designed to help as many people as possible travel sustainably to work, leisure, education and home. They are enhanced by features such as segregated cycle lanes, raised crossings, connections with other sustainable modes of travel such as train and bus services and links into the wider cycle network.

Where can I cycle?

Cycles are permitted to use the carriageway of all non-motorway roads, unless specifically prohibited. Carriageways are the section of a road normally used by motor vehicles. Cycles are prohibited from all motorways.

Footways are the sections of a road normally reserved for pedestrians. As stated in the Highway Code, cycling is prohibited on footways, unless specifically permitted. Typical exceptions to this are shared surfaces and routes designated as core paths. In order to make cycling legal on footways they have to be specified (designated) in law as cycling being permitted via designation as a "shared surface". Nevertheless, the pedestrian retains right of passage within the boundary of any constructed road.

Purpose built on-road or segregated cycle lanes provide additional safety for users. However, there is no legal obligation to stay in an on-road cycle lane where provided.

Footpaths (including canal towpaths and bridleways) are those constructed paths that are remote from the road network, for example paths through a park, as well as rights of way, specifically for pedestrian use. Although generally traffic free, some vehicles may use these paths subject to permission e.g. maintenance vehicles. Levels of construction can vary considerably. Such paths fall within the outdoor access code and cycling is permitted on these unless specifically excluded.

Core Paths are designated paths, waterways or any other means of crossing land to facilitate, promote and manage the exercise of access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and are identified as such in access authority core paths plans. It should be noted that whilst cycling may be permitted, the path in its current form may not be suitable for cycling. As such vigilance should be exercised when using such paths.

Shared Surfaces, Core Paths and Outdoor Access. Such paths and surfaces depend on mutual respect and consideration. This includes showing care to not unnecessarily hinder the progress of other users. Walkers and cyclists should be aware of each other and ensure sufficient space is given to ensure safety and comfort of other users.

What equipment do I need?

You will need a bicycle. There are many cycle shops and community enterprises from which you can obtain new and used cycles.

If you are riding at night your bike must have front and rear lights. It must also have a rear reflector. Full guidance is given in Rule 60 of The Highway Code.

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