New street design to improve Glasgow’s community links, health and economy
Glasgow’s miles better or, to be more accurate, it’s about to be 1.86 miles better.
More than £6.5 million is to be invested in the redesign of a major city route with the aim of getting people out of cars and onto their bikes.
The South City Way has been given the go-ahead after planners won a Community Links PLUS (CLP) ‘streetscape’ design competition hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government.
The route, from Glasgow’s South Side all the way into the heart of the city from Victoria Road to Stockwell Street junction near Merchant city, is intended to be an international exemplar in designing streets for people.
The idea is to improve public spaces along 3km of new segregated cycleway and strengthen Glasgow’s existing network of cycle-paths when it is completed by the end of summer 2018.
Funding of £3,250,000 has been pledged by Sustrans and the Scottish Government which Glasgow City Council will match with a further £3,250,000.
“Glasgow City Council has shown real ambition and vision towards improving conditions for people who choose to walk or cycle along a major commuter belt, while also connecting a densely populated area with the city centre,” said Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands,“The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging healthier and greener travel and we are investing more than £1 billion per annum to encourage people out of their cars.”
It’s hoped the project will contribute to the health and economic regeneration of districts such as Govanhill and Laurieston, areas that are typically more vulnerable to low employment, social immobility, and higher rates of deprivation and poverty than other areas of Glasgow.
“Our hope is that Community Links PLUS will inspire communities and councils in Scotland to continue to design places around people, now and into the future,” said Matthew MacDonald, Community Links PLUS Manager at Sustrans Scotland.
“We’re hopeful that Scotland will become a leading example of why places that integrate people moving by foot, bike or public transport are more attractive, places to spend time and money, and this leads to stronger local economies and healthier people than places designed around vehicles.
“The South City Way will improve travel choices and accessibility for residents and visitors. Simultaneously, it will reduce congestion, improve air quality, enable easier use of public transport, and create places where people want to socialise, shop, and linger in.”