Cycling

More extensive and well maintained bike paths in Glasgow.

Why the contribution is important

Cycling is a good way of getting to work which is healthy and good for the environment, but it is dangerous to cyle currently because of the potholes in the road and lack of adequately maintained cycle paths.

by Isabel on September 12, 2016 at 11:28AM

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  • Posted by Moneysaver September 13, 2016 at 10:46

    Cycling is a slow and dangerous method of getting to work. Potholes effect motorists more as they are travelling at higher speeds.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 13, 2016 at 11:01

    It would make more sense for cyclists to get into empty cars and assist with petrol costs.
    They would travel in comfort without the weather effecting them. They could study or read a paper
    and also because it takes less time they could sleep more or watch extra tv.
  • Posted by Fiets September 13, 2016 at 13:27

    Cycling is a healthy way to travel and other cities have shown that when safe 8-80 infrastructure is build, those using the infrastructure spend money in local businesses and not large out of town shopping parks. If GCC wants to improve the local economy, and the health of Glasgow residents the best way to achive this is funding 8-80 active travel.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 19, 2016 at 13:04

    Active healthy travel is best done indoors with first aiders ready for any mishaps.

    The best to way to improve the economy is to ban zero hour slave contracts, pay people £10/per hour minimum and create more jobs.

    Money must be spent and circulate to drive the economy and not be sent to offshore accounts after being "saved". Saved for what? For foreign countries to benefit?

    The maker of the Model T car stated workers must be paid enough for them to afford the products being made in his factory.
  • Posted by Fiets September 22, 2016 at 11:39

    >Active healthy travel is best done indoors with first aiders ready for any mishaps.
    >

    3/10 for trolling. Please try harder.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 22, 2016 at 12:33

    I meant indoors in a gym or on a stationary exercise bike which is easier as they can watch tv at the same time and this makes it less boring and tedious.
  • Posted by BobF October 04, 2016 at 14:01

    Cycling is an excellent way to commute to work. Personaly l do not have the space or time to travel to work then come homeor go to the gym to exercise. Would mean time time to do other fun things. So l can fit into my day at least 1 hour of exercise each day, just by going to work :-)

    That said potholes are a significant issue and do pose a challenge. Maintained cycle paths would be dream come true !!! The ones l use have not been maintained in 10 years plus! People do not wish to cycle as feel too dangerous. I can understand why though, which is why l use cycle paths as much as l can. That said some places it strewn with broken glass or cars parked in the cycle lanes :-(
  • Posted by Glaspark October 04, 2016 at 16:03

    Moneysaver, please stop posting incongruous comments. Your views are now looking extremely stupid.
  • Posted by BobF October 04, 2016 at 18:50

    Moneysaver
    "Active healthy travel is best done indoors with first aiders ready for any mishaps." - Not true must keep with the current changes. Allotments are considered to be "Green Gyms" in that people are OUTDOORS and engaging in exercise. Or encourage to go walking the dog, or just walking a little everyday. As another poster noted "Active healthy travel" in a gym, so how does one get the gym, then when in the gym you are not going anywhere.

    "It would make more sense for cyclists to get into empty cars and assist with petrol costs." Really have you ever spoken to cyclists? Why should they change to sedentary form of transport when the engage in cardiovascular exercise. In the west coast of Scotland we have the some of the highest rates of cardio vascular diseases. Yet you want to encourage people to get worse by being sedentary seriously !

    "Cycling is a slow and dangerous method of getting to work" - Cycling can be dangerous on certain roads as there is no segregated cycle paths. If that's you opinion then fair enough, which case it is just than an Opinion.

    "Potholes effect motorists more as they are travelling at higher speeds." if a cyclist hits a pothole at 25mph then they know about it. There was a recent incident of a cyclist who died result of hitting a pothole :-( - http://www.standard.co.uk/n[…]been-repaired-a3194606.html

    I used to go to the gym and use a stationary bike, personally speaking it was the some of the most boring time l have ever spent cycling. Then again that just how l felt about it, much prefer being on the road cycling :-)
     
  • Posted by lauramrtn October 04, 2016 at 19:45

    Agree, more dedicated cycle lanes - less parked cars and potholes.
  • Posted by johnstonorr October 04, 2016 at 20:48

    As a driver, I'm completely in favour of massively increasing spending on cycling facilities (and walking too). I want alternatives to driving - non-polluting, direct, safe alternatives. It's time to move beyond the motorway city of the 70s mindset. Air pollution from private motor vehicles kills around 2000 people per year in Scotland, on top of the violent deaths inflicted by careless drivers in crashes. I'd love the option to cycle safely and directly within Glasgow - not meandering shared-use rubbish that puts people on bikes in conflict with pedestrians. I'll still be able to use my car, but I'll have healthy active options too. At the moment, I feel forced to drive by the car-centric design of the city and the lack of enforcement against the large proportion of lawless drivers.
  • Posted by CherylEMO October 04, 2016 at 22:20

    Active travel is the way to go. Better for the environment, body and mind.
  • Posted by Moneysaver October 05, 2016 at 11:38

    BobF

    I use a stationary bike daily. I read a book while cycling or look at my Iphone 7 and as a result I do not find it boring at all and time passes so quickly.

    On the display I can easily do 3 to 5 kilometres at a setting of 6.The highest setting being 8 and is very stiff.

    I also feel safe as I will not be attacked by various anti social elements and less subject to heart attack.

    I also feel cycling is being promoted by various green elements who get funding from the green lobby. Very soon cars will be self driving and will take people to work.

  • Posted by Moneysaver October 05, 2016 at 12:37

    To JohnstonOrr

    The idea that cycling improves health is rather dubious and is media promoted.

    The key to health is to:-

     "Just Eat Less".

    I mean it is quite absurd to stuff yourselves and then do cycling to burn it off.

    You are also damaging your knee joints and will be a drain on the NHS with it's horrendously long waiting times and subject to their staff when you go in for knee replacements made of titanium which leaches out and causes numerous long term health side effects.

    In other words the costs of cycling outweighs any possible benefits.
  • Posted by BobF October 05, 2016 at 18:11

    MoneySaver
    "I use a stationary bike daily. I read a book while cycling or look at my Iphone 7 and as a result I do not find it boring at all and time passes so quickly." - Excellent good for you. What has that got to do with budget expenditure in this context.

    "On the display I can easily do 3 to 5 kilometres at a setting of 6.The highest setting being 8 and is very stiff." - please put in context of this discussion regarding budget expenditure. Good for you, cannot see why you note it here.

    "I also feel safe as I will not be attacked by various anti social elements and less subject to heart attack." - Same could be said of going anywhere, again not sure where you are going with this point in relation to budget expenditure.

    "I also feel cycling is being promoted by various green elements who get funding from the green lobby. Very soon cars will be self driving and will take people to work. " - Maybe some green lobbyist's are. What about the car manufacture lobbyists, petro-chemical company lobbyists. Are they not promoting vehicle transport? Will everyone be able to afford and maintain a self driving car?
  • Posted by BobF October 05, 2016 at 18:20

    MoneySaver

    you missed the other posting so just for you - http://www.cyclinguk.org/[…]/health-and-cycling - NHS advocating cycling.

    Now if you are bored and looking to wind someone up. Plenty of other places to do that. If however you want an adult debate. Then present you case, with evidence then we can discuss it as mature adults. Unless of you have no interest in that and only wish to wind people up for your own amusement? Which regrettably the only conclusion l can reach for your posts so far.
  • Posted by Friendsofderek October 06, 2016 at 00:24

    Better cycling infrastructure would pay for itself in the long term with less traffic so less wear and tear on the roads plus healthier people so less use of health services.
  • Posted by Moneysaver October 06, 2016 at 10:25

    BobF

    As I explained earlier GCC is in dire straits due to a budget shortfall of £136 million and curtailing frivolous spending on cycle lanes fads which has amounted to £9 and 12 million this and last year would make significant dents in that shortfall instead of the few pennies and pounds everyone else is being asked to save.

    Also it is invidious and morally wrong for cyclists to appropriate for free about one third of the road width after motorists financed the construction of same through road tax and fuel duty for many decades.

    Cyclists should be licenced too with a £100 flat fee to contribute to cycle lanes.
  • Posted by BobF October 06, 2016 at 19:27

    Moneysaver - have you addressed any of the points l have answered with your counter points? No l think l have missed them to. When you are ready for a proper debate please challenge my points, l might be incorrect.

    "frivolous spending on cycle lanes fads" an opinion Not a fact.

    Yes l am sure GCC might have short fall, that's why l for one welcome this site asking for options, ideas and thoughts of those who live in Glasgow.

    "Also it is invidious and morally wrong for cyclists to appropriate for free" again your an opinion. Thanks for it, personally l cannot see justification for it, so l choose to disagree.

    "about one third of the road width after motorists financed the construction of same through road tax and fuel duty for many decades." Wrong, please check - http://ipayroadtax.com/, then please cite the evidence which refutes the points made.

    Now if you are bored and looking to wind someone up. Plenty of other places to do that. If however you want an adult debate. Then present you case, with evidence then we can discuss it as mature adults. Unless of you have no interest in that and only wish to wind people up for your own amusement? Which regrettably the only conclusion l can reach for your posts so far
  • Posted by BobF October 06, 2016 at 19:34

    "Cyclists should be licenced too with a £100 flat fee to contribute to cycle lanes." - really and who is going to pay for this? GCC l thought you stated they where facing budgetary challenges. So have a look at - http://ipayroadtax.com/licensed-to-cycle/licensed-to-cycle/ just for starters l can find more evidence to cite.

    Now if you are bored and looking to wind someone up. Plenty of other places to do that. If however you want an adult debate. Then present you case, with evidence then we can discuss it as mature adults. Unless of you have no interest in that and only wish to wind people up for your own amusement? Which regrettably the only conclusion l can reach for your posts so far
  • Posted by Moneysaver October 12, 2016 at 13:20

    Cyclists will pay.

     It is not about citing of evidence which is a non-ending process and by selective picking and choosing can one can prove the Earth is flat.

    It is about original thought and against the tyranny of the majority which is decided by the prevailing fads and fashions.

    Thus the absurd idea that cyclists will in their thousands will populate the City Centre as if in Peking needs to be examined as a backward step.

    Perhaps we should have horse drawn buggies next with a driver with whip in a top hat and cloak.
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