Work begins on new cycle route passing two major Glasgow sports venues

WORK on a ‘key’ section of Glasgow’s emerging network of cycling infrastructure is underway in the city’s east end.

The new route will form part of the East City Way, which once complete will deliver over 7km of ‘safer, more comfortable’ active travel between the city centre and North Lanarkshire boundary – taking in communities such as Bridgeton, Barrowfield, Braidfauld, Tollcross, and Mount Vernon.

Passing both the Emirates Arena and Celtic Park, Glasgow City Council said that it will provide a ‘safer and segregated’ cycling route to both venues – with works scheduled to be completed in time for the beginning of the UCI Cycling World Championships at the Emirates Arena in August.

The project also includes improvements to junctions at the Clyde Gateway and Springfield Road, which the local authority said will improve safety for pedestrians and allow vehicles to disperse more quickly on match days at Celtic Park.

Councillor Angus Millar, city convener for transport at Glasgow City Council, said, “This latest phase of the East City Way is an exciting development for cycling in Glasgow. Not only will the cycle way make it easier to get to two of Glasgow’s major sports venues by bike, but the new route also shows the huge potential of our plans for a city network for active travel.

“The East City Way strengthens the connection with other cycle routes in the city, such as the National Cycle Network and other city ways, and that makes an increasing number of places in Glasgow accessible by safe, segregated cycle infrastructure from the city’s east end. The more connections that are the made within the proposed city network, the more attractive an option cycling will become for every day journeys.”