Spaces for People is split into three workstreams, City Centre, Neighbourhood Space and Active Travel Routes.
A street-by-street approach has been undertaken since the start of the programme, with temporary measures introduced to allow priority to be given to pedestrian space around public transport hubs, core shopping streets and identified pedestrian pinch points.
Work completed so far includes footway widening around Glasgow Central Station High and Low Level entrances to provide additional queuing space, as well as footway widening and road closures in and around George Square.
A bus/cycle/taxi gate has been added to George Square (south) and South Frederick St (north), and a bus/cycle/taxi lane on Cochrane Street, to create sustainable transport corridors. This work was completed in tandem with pavement widening on Hope Street, Union Street and Bath Street and the build out into the road of temporary bus boarders to ensure continued accessibility onto and off, local service buses.
Footways have also been widened on Renfield Street and West George Street (between Wellington Street and Renfield Street) as well as Montrose Street in time for students returning to their studies in September.
Other initiatives include automating some traffic lights in the city centre, removing the need to push the button that prompts the green man to display. These adjustments will ease pedestrian movement and ensure there is no need to touch equipment to cross the road.
We have also built bus boarders out into the carriageway at bus stops outside Marks and Spencer on Glassford St and on Trongate outside Tesco Express. This infrastructure provides additional space for physical distancing at these two pinch points.
Full details of City Centre measures already in place and ongoing can be found here.
This workstream enables the temporary re-allocation of road space for physical distancing outside shops, and primarily involves the removal of kerbside parking. We have also acted to widen footways where pinch points have been identified at Shawlands Primary School and Lourdes Primary School.
The first phase of work at the height of lockdown restrictions, was focused on providing additional space for walking and wheeling in neighbourhood shopping streets, with priority given to areas requiring additional support further to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation; as well as those spaces where issues with queuing have been observed.
Projects implemented to date:
|Cardonald (Paisley Road West)||Easterhouse (Westerhouse Rd,|
Bogbain Rd & Shandwick Street)
|Parkhead (Tollcross Rd and Westmuir St)||Tollcross (Tollcross Rd)|
|Partick (Dumbarton Rd)||Shawlands (Deanston Dr)|
|Cessnock (Paisley Road West)||Bridgeton (Main St)|
|Finnieston (Argyle St)||Hillhead (Byres Rd)|
Plans have also been drawn up for the neighbourhoods below and as the need arises, can be implemented relatively quickly. As Spaces for People measures are temporary in nature and as such are agile, these outline plans are subject to adjustment in the future if observations indicate a need to change. The order and scope of work is also subject to variation, dependent on various factors including the availability of materials.
Berryknowes (Paisley Road West between Bucklaw Pl & Lamermoor Ave)
Cathcart (Cathcart Road)
Croftfoot (Carmunnock Rd, Drakemire Dr and Carmunnock Rd)
Gorbals (Crown Street)
Govan (Govan Road, Langlands Road and Burleigh Street)
Full details of those Neighbourhood Space measures already in place and ongoing can be found here.
This workstream seeks to provide additional active travel routes to encourage cycling for everyday journeys, and ultimately aims to deliver 36km of new (soft) segregated cycle lanes across the city.
So far we have created temporary pop-up cycle lanes at Broomielaw, Dumbreck Road, London Road (Phase 1 and Phase 2), Great Western Road (Duntreath Avenue to Lincoln Avenue), Gorbals Street, Cumbernauld Road, Provanmill Road. Bilsland Drive, Hawthorn Street and Kelvin Way.
We have also added soft segregation to existing cycle lanes on Corkerhill Road.
When determining which schemes to take forward, a variety of factors are considered including, population density, areas requiring additional support further to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), road safety, access to local facilities, impact on public transport corridors and connectivity into the wider cycle network.
Full details of temporary Active Travel Routes already in place and ongoing can be found here.
To further encourage the uptake of active travel, the first 30 minutes of standard nextbike cycle hire is currently at no cost to the hirer. Available until March 2021, this free hire offer is funded by Transport Scotland through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. More details can be found here.
Following a sucessful trial in 2019 that saw significant reductions in traffic around the six primary schools involved, Spaces for People funding has enabled the council to introduce on a temporary basis, a further 20 School Car Free Zones. The zones are designed to prohibit cars and other vehicles from driving up to school gates between 8.30am and 9.15am and then 2.30pm and 3.15pm each weekday, during term time.
Where possible, delineation of road space converted to walking and cycling space will be done as unobtrusively as possible using signing and lining, however in most cases physical barriers will be required.
Example of Measures now in George Square and on Montrose St:
Example of a Pop-Up Cycle Lane on Cumbernauld Rd:
Example of Footway Widening in Easterhouse:
Use of Shared Space on Kelvin Way:
Visualisations by Stantec