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I just missed a pure fanny on one of these this morning right outside city chambers riding against the traffic in Cochrane Street... The Taxi driver behind me well he was not so lucky.

What the fcuk happened to the cycling proficiency test i had to do as a kid.  
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Should be free for Glasgow council tax payers, everyone else should pay.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

City cycle scheme overtakes Boris bikes in first fortnight (© The Herald)



Glasgows new hire cycles are being used more frequently than London's famous Boris bikes,
according to figures from the company behind the scheme.


Operator Nextbike said the Mass Automated Cycle Hire (Mach) scheme had got off to a flying
start in Scotland's biggest city, despite admitting some teething troubles with the distinctive
three-speed machines. In the first 12 days of the scheme, Glasgow's bikes were rented 1.24
times per day on average - higher than the 1.16 daily rate in London. The figures also suggest
Scots are pedalling further - or much more slowly - than Londoners, with the average hire in
Glasgow lasting 58 minutes, compared with just 17 minutes in London.

The scheme recorded 2505 ­rentals in its first 12 days, a figure that has since risen to over 3000.
Latest figures show more than 1600 cyclists have registered to use the bikes. The longest journey
so far was to Loch Lomond. The encouraging start comes despite reports of mechanical problems
with some of the bikes. Registered scheme members have also experienced technical hitches
with the smartphone app used to rent and return them. In some cases locks have failed to open
after the four-digit combination has been sent to the user's phone, while a number of parked
bikes have appeared as "occupied" on the app.

Rob Grisdale, managing ­director of Nextbike UK, said a handful of users had experienced problems
but insisted hitches were being resolved. He said: "Overall the number of complaints has been very
low. We've got off to a strong start in Glasgow." Nextbike operates schemes in its native Germany
and other countries including Poland, ­Switzerland, Austria and Turkey. In the UK, the company
runs a scheme in Bath and is due to launch in Stirling.

The Glasgow scheme, which is supported by the city council, started last month with 168 bikes but
a further 170 will be added this Saturday. It will become the biggest UK public hire scheme outside
London when a final 62 bikes are rolled out early next month, taking the total to 400. There are 31
hire sites around the city. As well as bus, train and subway stations, landmarks served by the scheme
include Glasgow Cathedral and the Riverside Museum.

Six additional temporary sites will be set up during the Commonwealth Games. Users register online
or over the phone either as annual members or casual riders. Casual hire costs £1 per half hour,
capped at £10 for up to 24 hours. Annual membership costs £60, with hire free for the first 30 minutes
then £1 an hour, capped at £5 for up to 24 hours.

A Glasgow City Council ­spokesman said: "The people of Glasgow have clearly embraced the bike
scheme within two weeks of its launch. The bikes are being seen all over the city - as far afield as
Loch Lomond, in fact - and are being used by commuters, students and visitors." The spokesman
added: "User feedback has been very positive and the anticipated small number of early teething
problems are being quickly resolved. This is yet further progress, in addition to the millions of pounds
we're investing on cycle routes across the city, in making Glasgow one of the UK's most cycling-friendly
cities."



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

cybers wrote:
I just missed a pure fanny on one of these this morning right outside city chambers riding against the traffic in Cochrane Street... The Taxi driver behind me well he was not so lucky.

What the fcuk happened to the cycling proficiency test i had to do as a kid.  


IIRC cyclists are allowed to go along one way streets 'the wrong way'. I wouldn't do it but I think it is allowed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

cybers wrote:
I just missed a pure fanny on one of these this morning right outside city chambers riding against the traffic in Cochrane Street... The Taxi driver behind me well he was not so lucky.

What the fcuk happened to the cycling proficiency test i had to do as a kid.  


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

AlanM wrote:
cybers wrote:
I just missed a pure fanny on one of these this morning right outside city chambers riding against the traffic in Cochrane Street... The Taxi driver behind me well he was not so lucky.

What the fcuk happened to the cycling proficiency test i had to do as a kid.  


IIRC cyclists are allowed to go along one way streets 'the wrong way'. I wouldn't do it but I think it is allowed.


Sorry Alan but your wrong unless they are using a designated cycle lane. Cyclists forget they are bound by the same rules as the rest of us road users including 3 points for running reds and a ban for drunk driving. The sooner they need third party liability insurance and a feckin brain the better.

http://road.cc/content/news/73530...who-rode-wrong-way-one-way-street
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Cybers, as a former cyclist and now driver I agree with you, its the same rule for all road users
If you knock a cyclist down, I bet the law will say its your fault
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I thought I'd read it in the highway code many years ago, but its either been changed or I'm just making it up. ;-)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cycle hire scheme set to be pedalled out across the city (© Evening Times)



The popular Glasgow bike hire scheme is to be expanded to new parts of the city.


Cycle fans have rented the 400 distinctive bright pink bikes almost 50,000 times since the scheme
was launched just nine months ago. It has been so successful that 10 new bike stations are to be
set up in the south and east of the city bringing the total number to 41. The move follows feedback
from users and requests from businesses and the public.

They will be set up at transport hubs and areas of high footfall where there is likely to be most demand.
Talks are also underway with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde about expanding the scheme to include
bike stations at hospital sites including the new South Glasgow Hospital. The bikes have proved popular
with commuters, students and visitors and have been spotted as far away as Loch Lomond. The most
popular cycle station is Glasgow Green closely followed by Broomielaw and Glasgow University. Figures
show the bikes are used most between Monday and Friday with a consistent drop off at weekends
suggesting they are being used by commuters.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The people of Glasgow and visitors have clearly embraced
our cycle scheme as is borne out by the hire figures. The fact we are fast approaching 50,000 hires since
its launch nine months ago is fantastic. People of Glasgow and surrounding areas have clearly taken this
scheme to their hearts from the extremely positive feedback and numerous requests we have received
to provide more stations around the city. Two of our Commonwealth Games legacy aims were to make
the city more sustainable and accessible and this scheme fits the bill. Making it easier to get around
Glasgow while reducing carbon emissions, leading to an improvement in air quality and giving people
ready access to a healthy method of travel."

Glasgow Bike Station, the charity advocating mental and physical health through cycling as a means of
transport won the contract to carry out all bike maintenance and service the stations around the city
creating three full-time and three part-time jobs. The new bike stations will be located at Bridgeton Cross,
Duke Street at Whitehill Street, the Barrowlands, Queen's Park West, Govan Cross, Victoria Road/Calder
Street, Cessnock Subway station, Gorbals leisure centre, Eglinton Toll and Paisley Road Toll.

Customers can register with the bike hire scheme as a member or as a casual user at www.nextbike.co.uk/en/glasgow

Once registered they are provided with a login username, membership and personal identification number.
Annual subscribers are provided with a radio frequency ID card which can be swiped over the cycle's on-board
computer sensor to speed up the hire process. Annual membership costs £60 with hire costs free for the
first 30 minutes and £1 an hour afterwards capped at £5 for up to 24 hours. Hire costs for casual users are
£1 for the first 30 minutes with each additional half hour costing £1 capped at £10 for five to 24 hours.



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Glasgow Cycle lane rerouted behind bus stop (© BBC)



A cycle lane in Glasgow which had a bus stop built in the middle of it has been rerouted.


Cyclist Michael Dougall took to Twitter to voice his anger about the positioning of the bus shelter between
Glasgow Green and the city's Velodrome. Glasgow City Council apologised for the inconvenience and vowed
to carry out work to change the route.

The cycle path markings have now been repainted, with the lane routed behind the bus shelter. The site is
in an area of the city which was regenerated for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.



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Nothing like some negative publicity for getting a result...


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