This new route provides 2 kilometres of urban segregated cycle route linking Pollokshields to the Tradeston footbridge in around eight minutes by bike, with only twelve minutes to the city centre.
The cycleway provides a defined cycle way on Shields Road, Scotland Street and West Street segregated from other traffic making it ideal for cyclists of all abilities.
It provides a direct route to and from Pollokshields, Tradeston and Port Eglington to Shields Road and West Street Subway Stations, both of which provide free cycle parking. This means you can be on the train in minutes without the inconvenience of having to drive, park and pay.
Whether for work or pleasure, the route offers a pleasant way to the Tramway, Scottish Ballet, Maxwell Park, Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow City Centre, The SECC and Hydro, Sky Park, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Park and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
All of these are within easy cycling distance of each other. Should you wish to go further, links to the National cycle Routes 7, 75 and 756 offer the potential.
The majority of the City Way consists of two-way cycle segregation. At certain sections there is a need to have shared surfaces. These are areas such as the Tradeston Bridge and some crossings.
Advisory cycle lanes or shared surfaces via less trafficked areas have been designated "Quietways".
These provide links to other cycle routes where further cycle improvements are planned.
The West City Way is Glasgow's first of many. City ways are those routes that radiate from the city centre which have busniness, cultural, educational and residential destinations along and in proximity to them. They are characterised by features such as segregated cycle lanes and links to the wider cycle network.
The route provides a safe cycleway from Kelvingrove Park at North Claremont Street in the west, to
Central Station in the City Centre. The route is largely segregated from the road by a raised kerb, making cycling safer for less experienced riders.
At signalised junctions, sensors trigger the cycle phases of the traffic lights where possible, allowing travel with reduced interruptions.
The most iconic element of the West City Way is the now completed Anderston footbridge that lay incomplete since the 1960s. The completed bridge is key in connecting the west of the city to the city centre.
The route also provides a link to the Clyde Walkway NCN 75 route via the Clydeside Expressway bridge, where it connects to the Clyde bridges for south bound travel.
On-street cycle parking is available at various locations along the route.
Glasgow City Council completing the cycle route between the National Cycling Network (NCN) 7 at Linthaugh Road to Queensland Drive and the off road path over the motorway towards Cardonald Park to form a Quietway route between Linthaugh Road and Cardonald.
This Quietway has been identified as key route and north south link between the NCN7 and the Clyde Tunnel via the New Queen Elizabeth University Campus Hospital.
The Clyde Tunnel connects back on to the NCN 7 offering a shorter alternate route avoiding the city centre. The route will also serve those commuting in and out of Paisley and Glasgow.
Quietway routes are those that travel mainly through residential areas, with on-road that are traffic calmed and off road sections that can include shared or segregated sections. These routes improve the legibility of a cycle route using signage, raised junctions, cycle markings, 20mph zones, contraflows, and signalised cycle priority junctions with Advanced Stop Lines.
A range of improvements to this road will benefit the wider community. Some of these measures have already been put into place earlier this year.