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Yes, I noticed that as well driving past it. A very similar surface to Gordon St. I can only think of a couple of reasons: They are going to restore the whole of Glasgow with a high quality surface (which I doubt) The other thought, since it's beside the bowling greens that will be used for the Commonwealth Games, could this be the first bit of physical preperation by the council?
 

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Posted this in 'Glasgow Dev' thered but remembered this one:
On the pavements around Bellahouston Park and areas around Ibrox a black 'resin' like surface has been applied over the tarmac pavements. Makes them look pretty sharp and tidy. But does anyone know why they are doing it and for what ends?
 

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They say it's to provide accessible access for all, allowing them to install lifts for wheelchair access. Which is complete nonsense as they could install an external lift in the righthand corner between the galleries and the stairs:
 

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No on street parking would surely hurt quite a few of the businesses in that stretch (and limit the types of businesses that will be able to viably set up there in the future)
The street will be better without the parking. If parking is really needed then build underground parking along it's full length - Paris Style:

 

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Erm MacBorracho, I think that's known as a visualisation - not an actual real thing, there's no concrete plans on the table yet anyway. Brunswick/Hutcheson/Wilson street are all shared surface and effectively also is the complex junction of Buchanan and Nelson Mandela Pl and as of yet I've not seen anyone knocked down. I have however seen multiple incidents with people getting knocked over at the highly regulated/fenced/kerbed/controlled junctions of Argyll/Glasford, Argyll/Queen, Argyll/Jamaica, George/Montrose St. There is mounting research now that shared surfaces (as witnessed throughout Continental Western Europe) alter user (pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle) behaviour. The devil is in the detail and there are numerous ways to incorporate helpful measures to help the less 'able' bodied. The blanket approach of "No" from some disability charities is saddening and extremely NIMBYistic - I am a carer and know many people with various levels of ability and they are willing to learn and adapt. As always it seems people are more willing to complain rather than learn.

On another point what is going on with drivers in Glasgow these days. I have spent some time driving around America and it is a far more relaxed and gentle way to drive compared to here. As a pedestrian, cyclist and a driver it seems more and more drivers here are getting angrier and angrier with other vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. It seems as cars get easier and easier to drive and roads are designed more and more for 'efficiency' the more drivers become mad.
 

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At the event a few months ago, I was told that this is really the only place the trees can go (I think he said something about underground services, can't remember exactly) and that the rest of the design has been worked around this.
It also allows the cycle lane to run continuously without interrupting access to the bus stops.
 

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The two streets at Partick cross which lead to merkland street are still closed due to the collapse of the wall behind the dolphin; oh I wish they would make it permanent, it's turned the slowest crossing pedestrian junction in the city into an absolute breeze
But turned getting anywhere in a car or taxi into a nightmare and made the traffic on Dumbarton Road a mess.
 

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Generally the whole scheme is a positive but, as usual with all Glasgow cycle infrastructure the design is flawed. If you are cycling along Suchiehall from the West end how are you supposed to get onto the cycle lane?

The Fencing layout shows a fence at the Charing Cross end exactly where you would want to merge with the lane if you were on a bike. The first point I can see without getting onto the pedestrian crossing is outside the Genting Casino and by that time you will have many irate drivers with an IQ of about 2 shouting at you why are you not on the cycle lane after having to negotiate the taxi rank - just a nightmare for all involved!
 
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