Flourishing Molendinar is an ambitious project to improve walking, wheeling and cycling connections in the Blackhill neighbourhood in north east Glasgow, in the vicinity of Molendinar Burn.
Early stages of the project were led by St Paul's Youth Forum with support from Sustrans and Glasgow City Council, more details can be found on their webpage.
The project will deliver high quality and consistent walking, wheeling and cycling connections to the northeast of Glasgow. It will be easier to walk and cycle around their neighbourhood and along the A80 as it crosses the M8 slipways. The improvements will also make it safer and easier to cycle into the city centre once Flourishing Molendinar connects with other similar projects.
Best evidence shows that projects like this support local economies, strengthening business and unlocking development in previously under-invested areas. Flourishing Molendinar will also plant more trees in the area and create new greens spaces in the form of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). The new trees and green space will help to improve air quality and reduce the risk of flooding.
A key aim of the designs for community streets is reduce traffic and create slower speed environments. The safer environment means that people are more likely to walk for more journeys and will hopefully feel safe enough where children can once again play on residential streets.