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A strange coloured strip (see also #70938) in the door-zone of a car parking layby.

A strange coloured strip that ends abruptly at the build-out for the toucan crossing, then the red cycle lane starts beyond.

A continuous footway and a painted cycle lane on Main Street, but in poor condition.

Following on from #70935, once across the footway, cyclists are provided with a painted cycle lane that follows a right-angled bend around the end of Southgate, before heading towards Park Road. But there will always be parked cars here. Su ... [more]

I'm assuming this facility has been put in so cyclists going to Park Road can bypass the traffic lights by proceeding into Southgate (see #70936), but if they have to dismount, what's the point? They can bypass the lights by dismounting the ... [more]

Such a nonsense to put a painted kerbside cycle lane in a dead-end (for motors) street that is always going to be full of residential car parking.

Some additional cycle parking has been provided in Stewart Street, Milngavie. Compare with #34558.

Cycle parking in Douglas Street, Milngavie.

The start of the West Highland Way in Milngavie. Compare this to the start of the Allander Way across the road #70914.

The start of the Allander (Walk)Way in Milngavie, and some bike stands near the tourist information office.

Money has been spent on replacing mundane signs like "No Parking Beyond This Point" with really posh embossed ones. It isn't even facing the right way! The town centre is straight ahead.

Ramped steps up from bridge seen in #70911. The path behind the camera is level and it looks like this could have been built as a ramp with a lesser gradient. If the lampposts were moved back into the planted area at least bikes could be ... [more]

Under the main road bridge and the Allander Walkway encounters a flight of steps. No warning that this was going to happen.

Not the smartest designed or prettiest piece of pathway on the Allander Walkway under the Tesco access bridge.

Cycle parking at Tesco supermarket in Milngavie. A bit hidden away in a corner.

Routes from outside Tesco, including the Allander Walkway (not Allander Way shown on other signs). The West Highland Way sign is pointing in a different direction, even though the Allander Way goes right there!

'Cyclists Dismount' signs either side of a small bridge over the Allander Water, and signs for the Allander Way. No dropped kerb to get out of car park either.

Road closure in Keystone Avenue, 'No Motor Vehicles' sign and route sign including cycling information, but no dropped kerb for cycling. As if the turn off of the A81 Glasgow Road wasn't awkward enough!

Allander Way signage - Glasgow 6 walking (cycles and wheelchairs for 1 1/4 and then what?)

Clearly there used to be a kissing gate here, where the Allander Way meets Glasgow Road. (Sign close-up at #70761.)

'Cyclists Dismount' signs either side of a wide footbridge. This location is actually very close to the Allander Leisure Centre, separated only by the railway line. A link under the railway here would be very useful (see also #70948).

The section of the Allander Way firmly in East Dunbartonshire is somewhat better than the section belonging to Glasgow City Council.

Prescott Bridge on the Allander Way.

Gate, barrier and a big puddle where people have gone around the end of the wall, on the Strathkelvin Railway Path. Also, the sign (seen in #68168 closeup) still shows old route of path, now built over by the Kirkintilloch Initiative Road.

A path to Calfmuir Road, with stile, that is rough and no use for cycling. Better stick to the Strathkelvin Railway Path.

Bridge over the Bothlin Burn on the Strathkelvin Railway Path.

A poor surface on path built to replace Strathkelvin Railway Path built over by Kirkintilloch Initiative road scheme, only suited for leisure use rather than commuting.

A poor surface on path built to replace Strathkelvin Railway Path built over by Kirkintilloch Initiative road scheme.

Sign wrongly identifies the southern part of the Strathkelvin Railway Path as being NCN75. It is proposed to make it NCN755 at some point.

Not only is the southern section of the Strathkelvin Railway Path diverted (due to the Kirkintilloch Initiative Road) and unsurfaced, but users have to go around a crash barrier to get to it!

A footway that diverges from the road going into Woodilee development. No indication on whether cycling is permitted on this path. Either way, lampposts are planted within the width of the path, effectively narrowing it.

Lots of space dedicated to motoring with pedestrians and cyclists caged in on split pedestrian crossing (not even a toucan crossing).

The cycle route crosses the newly built Kirkintilloch Initiative Road on a split pedestrian crossing, rather than a toucan crossing.

Pathetically narrow shared-use footway past bus stop, with lamppost and railings further obstructing it. The group on the opposite footway would have to walk single file to get past this! But this is meant to be a purpose built cycleway, bu ... [more]

Ramped shared-use footway replacing steps in #26221.

On-road cycle lanes in Lenzie, with centre-line removal. The road isn't wide enough for cycle lanes and general traffic lanes so drivers drive in the cycle lanes, at least where there aren't parked cars in them.

A wind and solar-powered variable message sign to warn drivers of cyclists transferring between the shared-use footway and the on-road cycle lanes at the junction ahead. I wonder what it says. Two lampposts planted in the shared-use foot ... [more]

The steps, built for the Strathkelvin Railway Path diversion due to the Kirkintilloch Initiative Road scheme, have been replaced with a ramp.

As the diversion of the Strathkelvin Railway Path is now permanent (due to the building of the Kirkintilloch Initiative Road), the diversion sign should be removed. There are now permanent signs across the road in any case.

The continuation of the Strathkelvin Railway Path in Industry Street, but no dropped kerb to access path directly from road. However, a nearby dropped kerb allows a short ride along the footway to gain access, with limited sight-lines due t ... [more]

Ramp down from Industry Street, allowing access to the open space around the Luggie Water and the Strathkelvin Railway Path.

Toucan crossing across Parliament Road, and ramp up to Industry Street, making the Strathkelvin Railway Path more user-friendly.

Junction in path and underpass beneath New Lairdsland Road. Either route will get the user to Industry Street from where the Strathkelvin Railway Path continues, but the route on the left is now more user friendly.

Footbridge over the Luggie Water, and the path up to the canal and town centre. The Strathkelvin Railway Path turns right at the end of the bridge.

Path surface does not join up on the Strathkelvin Railway Path, with an unsurfaced gap left between the tarmac and the mock railway track section under the canal bridge.

Money spent on some sort of artwork that would be better spent on the Strathkelvin Railway Path surface. The mock railway surface which continues under the canal bridge is getting a bit bumpy and there is full-width ponding on the unsurface ... [more]

Kerb across route of Strathkelvin Railway Path where it leaves the care home car park.

Ramp up to bridge over Luggie Water on route of the Strathkelvin Railway Path through Kirkintilloch. Route sign does not have any destinations other than North and South.

A car parked blocking the Strathkelvin Railway Path crossing on Eastside, forcing users into the road. The bollards in the foreground are the wrong way around, showing red to the offside of approaching drivers, but that's not the importa ... [more]

A new crossing of Eastside has been provided, next to the roundabout, but some motorist has parked on the northern-most part, forcing users into the road.

Junction of the Strathkelvin Railway Path and Canal Street (which links to the Forth & Clyde Canal). Signs here show various destinations for each (although walking to Kirkintilloch Town Centre would be quicker along Eastside in the opposit ... [more]

Lots of signs with tiny writing for the Strathblane Railway Path, the Thomas Muir Trail and the John Muir Way, at junction of NCN 754 and 755, but no destinations signed along the canal.

Some new steps have appeared in the original ramp in the canal towpath up to Cowgate, so a new ramp has been constructed to bypass the steps. But there's nothing to warn of the steps on the path ahead and thus the need to divert onto the ra ... [more]

Sign for Strathkelvin Railway Path in Kirkintilloch. Luggie Park is best reached in the opposite direction.

Sign for Strathkelvin Railway Path at Canal Street junction.

Sign for Strathkelvin Railway Path

Incorrect Sign This sign on the left is out of date. Although the railway path seems to continue a few yards NW, it is now cut off by a road and an impenetrable fence. If you are heading towards Kirkintilloch, you now need to divert off ... [more]

This is not one or two people leaving their trolleys in the wrong place. This is systematic abuse of the cycle parking by Asda staff while they use the proper trolley storage area for selling gardening produce, and probably in contravention ... [more]

Continuous footway over sideroad on Milngavie Road, Bearsden. See also #67974.

More #space4cycling emerging on the A81 in Milngavie, one of Scotland's most car-dependent towns. Yay! http://t.co/myYuLWJmXz

Luggie Water Bridge at Gartshore Road

Biked to work today under the @NetworkRailEGIP Lenzie Railway Viaduct. Impressive stone structure despite its age. http://t.co/M7qIKWWVpG

Still in East Dunbartonshire, where they really care about pedestrians & cyclists. #glasgowcycleinfraday https://twitter.com/kennymunro/status/563447202950184963

@magnatom technically East Dunbartonshire, but cars parked in cycle lanes on both sides #glasgowcycleinfraday http://t.co/yi6c3f7bC9 ... @magnatom note woman in gym clothes getting out of car. There were loads of empty spaces in the gym c ... [more]

A car with a bike on the back blocking the cycle lane.

Two out of three paths resurfaced at the Craigdhu Wedge

Parking in northbound cycle lane in Milngavie Road. The southbound cycle lane has already finished to make way for official car parking.

A new step-free bridge over the River Kelvin, replacing #36381, and connecting Balmore with Cadder.

Sign for Torrance, a short way along a riverside path.

The Thomas Muir Trail has been signed to Clachan of Campsie, just off the Strathkelvin Railway Path.

The Strathkelvin Railway Path is now a bit overgrown on much of the section between Lennoxtown and Strathblane, making it hard to pass people coming the other way.

New pinch-point on Milngavie Road at Hillfoot station.

Westerton station's cycle parking

Covered cycle parking outside ASDA Bearsden. It's a pity that there isn't even a single stand outside the ASDA Maryhill store, a couple of miles away.

Pedestrian Zone - No Vehicles except for loading and disabled badge holders

No bike parking here, so bikes locked to posts. UPDATE: Some cycle parking has been provided around the corner - see #70914.

3 cycle parking stands, 2 of them against wall of public toilets meaning that only one side can be used, and broken uneven surface. Not a great welcome to Milngavie town centre, the start of the West Highland Way and nearest town to Mugdock ... [more]

Fence blocking end of path at Allander Road, forcing cyclists to squeeze through narrow gap to get to dropped kerb and onto road.

Former alignment of path now blocked by new housing development, forcing cyclists and pedestrians heading for Allander Road and Colquhoun Park to detour around it.

Stepped ramp on footbridge over Forth & Clyde Canal at Westerton

Route signs in Bishopbriggs, with tiny writing

Signs for the Thomas Muir Trail http://www.thomasmuir.co.uk/heritage-trail.html (maps at foot of page)

Junction on canal path at Bishopbriggs Sports Centre

End of the road at Lennox Forest. Cyclists can continue through to Balmore from here, but some of the paths can be muddy and there are a couple of stiles to climb over.

Path linking Strathkelvin Railway Path to South Brae

A typical bridge on Strathkelvin Railway Path

Junction of Strathkelvin Railway Path and path to Clachan of Campsie, also showing ramp up to Newbridge road crossing in background

Wheelgrabber cycle parking at Clachan of Campsie

Strathkelvin Railway Path - the section west of Lennoxtown is tarmac

Wheelcraft at Clachan of Campsie - closed on Sundays

Closed bridge over River Kelvin on path from Balmore to Cadder. A replacement bridge is to be built by East Dunbartonshire Council some time in the 2012/13 financial year. UPDATE: The replacement bridge has now opened! (March 2013) Se ... [more]

Cycle parking shelter at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre

Undercover cycle parking at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre

Cycle parking stands next to skatepark in Kirkintilloch, next to Strathkelvin path.

Wheel grabber cycle parking at The Stables, near Kirkintilloch. Next to NCN 754 on Forth & Clyde Canal.

There are only a few cycle parking stands in Milngavie town centre. This one next to the Talbot Arms is on its own. UPDATE: More stands have been provided - see #70917.

Conquering Ben Lomond in the name of Mountan Biking!

Brand new road with no dropped kerbs at path crossing. Well done Kirkintilloch Initiative!

Kinetics, Switchback Road, Bearsden An Alleweder towing a Carry Freedom Elephant trailer, carrying a Hase Pino recumbent tandem, and a HPVelotechnik Scorpion recumbent trike. [The Kinetics shop has since moved to Garscube Road, Queen' ... [more]

There's this new road being built between Kirkintilloch and the M80 motorway so the cycle path has been diverted......onto a flight of steps! UPDATE 2015: The steps have since been replaced by a ramp (see #68236).

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