Glasgow’s £12m “Mini Holland” bid revealed
by Laura Laker March 17 2016
Plans for Glasgow’s £12m “Mini Holland” bid have been revealed, and road.cc has had a sneak peak at them.
The Woodside Mini Holland bid is aiming at Sustrans Scotland’s “Community Links” fund to create a cycling and walking network in a city district North of the Clyde. Although Glasgow’s bid is one of five that made it to “stage three” of the process, it is up against bids from Edinburgh and Inverness, and, at most, just two will get the funding.
Campaigners say the plans for a network of cycle routes, linking homes to schools and places of work and leisure, have transformative potential, but rather than cities competing to be one of at most two successful bids, funds from Scotland’s ‘bloated’ road building programme should be reallocated so they can all happen.
One Glasgow campaigner, who goes by the name Car-Sick Glasgow, told road.cc: “The Mini-Holland has to potential to bring about a step-change in cycling provision in the Woodside area. A complete network of Dutch-style segregated cycleways, complemented by filtered permeability on the back streets, would be truly transformative. It’s vital that this is the high standard to which the work is done.
He added: “Unfortunately, the scheme is competing with a number of others across Scotland. The Scottish Government has decided that only one or two will be funded.
I’ve no interest in seeing Edinburgh or anywhere else denied its own safe cycling infrastructure; the Scottish Government should fund every single one of the “exemplar” schemes by reallocating money from its bloated road-building programme.”