Cycling journeys into Glasgow increase by over 200%

GCCThe number of cycle journeys being made into and from Glasgow city centre has increased from 3,012 to 9,255 per day – a rise of 207% – since 2007

Walking journeys to and from the city centre have increased from 53,805 to 96,481 daily which is an increase of over 79%.

This indicates a flow of 19,296,200 walking journeys and 1,851,000 cycle journeys undertaken annually to and from the city centre.

Glasgow City Council has undertaken annual surveys since 2007 to evaluate the number of pedestrians and cyclists entering and leaving the city as part of the annual monitoring of active travel patterns.

A total of 35 sites form a cordon around the centre of the city and are monitored between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm over two successive days each September.

All pedestrian and cycle movement at these locations, to and from the city, are counted.

Scaling the figures provides an estimate of the number of walking and cycling trips undertaken in Glasgow annually.

This scale up is based on a 200 day year which allows for a five day week, holidays and poor weather.

Scaling doesn’t take into account journeys made within the cordon count perimeter and is believed to be a conservative estimate.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Cycling is an increasingly important aspect of the council’s local transport strategy.

“Cycling is one of the most popular participation sports in Glasgow and is firmly established as a major form of commuting.

“Increasing the number of people walking and cycling as a form of transport has been a major aim of the council and it’s very encouraging this is being acknowledged by our peers at a national level.

“The upward trend in journeys undertaken by cycling and walking in the city can be attributed to a number of factors. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, improvements to cycle paths and parking, the completion of the Bridge to Nowhere and the launch of Glasgow’s cycle hire scheme have all played major roles.”

Glasgow City Council recently won its second award in four months for its achievements in cycling and sustainable transport.

The council won the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category at the National Transport Awards held at the Park Plaza in Westminster on 2 October

This recognition comes hot on the heels of victory in the same category at the twelfth annual Scottish Transport Awards in July.

Glasgow City Council was the only Scottish local authority to win an award at the ceremony hosted by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.

The council was praised for the significant benefits its sustainable transport strategy has delivered. The completed ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, the increased number of people cycling and reduced cycle casualties were areas highlighted for Glasgow’s success.

The council has earned widespread praise for its work in delivering the Connect2 scheme at the Anderston Footbridge – the completion of the landmark Bridge to Nowhere.

Originally intended to tie in with the proposed Anderston Shopping Centre in the 1970’s, the bridge was left incomplete by the developer and finished in mid air over the Mariott Hotel car park.

The £1.3M initiative was recognised by the judges as an important link in Glasgow’s £3.5M Connect2 scheme. The bridge now connects Kelvingrove Park with Central Station using a mainly Copenhagen style two way segregated cycle and walk way.

This route links the residential Anderston community with local schools and leisure facilities and is designed to accommodate all levels of cyclists as well as providing a new commuter route from the West End into the city centre.


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