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Connecting Woodside - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Connecting Woodside?

Connecting Woodside is an ambitious area based project which forms a key component in Glasgow's proposed cycle network. The project complements many surrounding projects and acts as 'the missing piece of the jigsaw' helping to connect Woodside/Woodlands to Sauchiehall Street, the Forth and Clyde Canal and regeneration work at Port Dundas and Sighthill. At the heart of the Connecting Woodside project is an aim to work with the community to improve streets and public spaces for walking, wheeling and cycling, rebalancing streets to reduce the dominance of road traffic.

Who are the Connecting Woodside Project Team?

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council is a local authority established under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Glasgow City Council is tasked with the design and delivery of the Connecting Woodside project.

Sustrans

Sustrans is the main partner and funding body for the Connecting Woodside project. Sustrans will be working in conjunction with Glasgow City Council to support the delivery of the project.

Connecting Woodside

"Connecting Woodside" is the overall brand for the initiatives in Woodside/Woodlands. It is not a separate organisation and the Connecting Woodside Project Team comprises members from both Glasgow City Council and Sustrans.

How is Connecting Woodside funded?

The Connecting Woodside project has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland's, Places for Everyone programme and contributions from Glasgow City Council's active travel budget.

What does the project aim to do?

The Connecting Woodside project is important for the areas of Woodside/Woodlands. Despite having one of the lowest car ownership rates in Scotland the area is dominated by traffic and vehicles which has a detrimental effect on residents. The Connecting Woodside project will help to grow an active travel culture so that all, young and old, feel safe and comfortable making their daily journeys. The project will also help to deliver a better quality of life in a social environment for residents and visitors to the area. Improving the cycling infrastructure and facilities will also help to make cycling safer and more accessible for all, which will encourage people to cycle instead of drive for shorter journeys.

Is the Connecting Woodside project only for cyclists?

The Connecting Woodside project is for everyone who lives, works, and spends time in the Woodside/Woodlands area. By introducing a number of measures such as enhanced crossing facilities, dropped kerbs, improved pavement surfaces and upgraded lighting, the Connecting Woodside project will aim to make the experience of moving through the Woodside/Woodlands area a more enjoyable one. Improvements to public spaces will make the local area a more enjoyable place to live and instil a sense of pride in the community.

What are the benefits of the project?

  1. Woodside/Woodlands will be safer for pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic
  2. An increase in cycling among residents will help to ease congestion on the roads
  3. The uptake of cycling will help to improve the health and fitness of residents
  4. Improvements to public space will make the local area a more enjoyable place to live
  5. Residents will be able to connect better to the City Centre and to neighbouring communities.
  6. A joined up network of cycle and pedestrian friendly zones to make walking, wheeling and cycling easier and more accessible for all
  7. Segregated cycle tracks to make cycling safer for all cycling abilities
  8. Increase in cycle facilities such as cycle parking which will help to make cycling more accessible and lessen barriers to cycling

How will you increase the number of people choosing to travel on foot and by bike?

By improving the roads, making them safer and more enjoyable, as well as making cycle routes more sympathetic to where people want to go, residents will be presented with a better alternative to using their car for short journeys.

Complementary measures will be a fundamental aspect of the programme and will encourage residents to take up cycling and to walk more. By introducing cycle hire stations in the project area it will make it easier for residents to try cycling as an alternative to car travel without the commitment of buying a bicycle. Residents and businesses will be encouraged to take part in events and activities to help them see the benefits of the project to themselves and the local area.

What has been done so far?

  • A: We have been working on the project since 2018 and have undertaken a number of community engagement events across the local area to present designs and update the local community on the progress of the project.
  • The first phase of construction was completed in July 2021 - a 1.3km long segregated cycle route on Garscube Road from Firhill Road to the underpass at Dobbies Loan, which has seen connections to the forth and Clyde canal at both Possil Road and Firhill Road
  • Installed dropped kerbs at a number of locations throughout the project area to make it easier for those walking and wheeling to get around.
  • Implemented 20mph zones across the whole project area to reduce vehicle speeds and make the roads safer for all users.
  • Worked with Nextbike to introduce 4 new cycle hire stations in the project area along with providing e-bikes at 4 locations.
  • Installed over 80 new cycle parking spaces
  • Installed 2 secure cycle storage units in collaboration with Queens Cross Housing Association and another 6 units as part of the wider secure on street cycle storage pilot project undertaken city wide by Glasgow City Council.
  • Introduced 2 electric car club vehicles at Hinshaw Street and Clarendon Place which can be used as an alternative to car ownership.

What is coming next?

The next phase of construction as part of the project will see improved pedestrian and cycling crossing facilities at the junction of Maryhill Road/Hopehill Road/ North Woodside Road. This is scheduled to begin in January 2022.

Due to the emergency works currently being undertaken on the M8 at the Woodside viaduct the Connecting Woodside project team are currently reviewing the original plans to deliver segregated cycle infrastructure on St George's Road and Woodlands Road.  It may not be feasible to undertake construction on either St George's Road or Woodlands Road until such time as the works on the M8 are complete.  The Connecting Woodside project team are currently liaising with Transport Scotland and will be providing an update on the progress of these works once more information becomes available. 

Future phases of the Connecting Woodside project will focus on the creation of a Quieway network within the Woodside/Woodlands area. The Quietway network is currently in the design phase and the Connecting Woodside project team will seek to undertake further community engagement events to present these designs and allow local residents an opportunity to feed into the design process once the concept/preliminary designs have been produced.

What is a Quietway?

A Quietway is a road or street that is low in both traffic volume and speed. They provide direct and easy routes for people to follow and act as an alternative to cycling on busy main roads.

How will the proposals be communicated to residents and businesses?

There are a number of stages the individual schemes will go through before any permanent changes are made.

Design- Each of the areas will go through design stages to ensure that the proposed changes are feasible and meet the needs of the project and affected residents/businesses.

  1. Concept/preliminary design - this is a first draft of the proposals which will then be presented to the local community through public engagement to allow the project team to gather vital local knowledge and allow people to comment on and help to shape the designs.
  2. Detailed Design - this is the final design that will be presented to the local community through public engagement and is intended to inform people of the design that will be taken forward. The detailed design will take account of feedback received during the concept/preliminary design stage.  

Public Engagement- The Connecting Woodside Project Team will engage with residents, businesses and commuters who will be impacted by the changes to allow people to comment on and help shape the design process.

The process for Public Engagement will be a mixture of;

  • Public consultation events within the project area
  • Web based online consultation pages where electronic copies of the design proposals will be accessible
  • Hard copies of the design proposals will be accessible at relevant local public buildings such as libraries and community centres
  • letter drops to inform people within the project area that a public engagement event is taking place
  • On street advertising to further highlight that a public engagement exercise is taking place

Implementation -The proposed and agreed plans will then be implemented over an agreed timescale.

How can residents and businesses get involved and have their say?

You will be able to engage directly with the Connecting Woodside project team by attending a public consultation event or by commenting directly on any web based consultation pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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