Glasgow promotes soft mobility ahead of COP26

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Glasgow is putting cycling front and center.

As it gears up to host COP26, November 1 to 12, 2021, the city of Glasgow, Scotland, is launching an extensive bicycling project including the creation of a brand new network of bicycle paths. The aim of the municipality is to reduce transport pollution as much as possible and to relieve congestion in the city center.

Glasgow's new plan aims to promote walking and cycling in the city through the implementation of a far-reaching network of improved, safer pedestrian and cycling routes. It is part of a larger program called "Liveable Neighbourhoods," which aims to reduce residents' dependence on cars for getting around.

The idea is to be able to adapt, or even totally reallocate, certain roads for bicycle travel. This is particularly the case for certain major roads, but also some passages along canals, rivers and old railroad lines.

A total of 270 km of cycleways and footpaths are set to be added to the existing network. The idea is that no school will be more than 400m from a cycle path and no house further than 800m. On a practical level, this means that any person travelling by bicycle should be able to reach their destination in less than 30 minutes, all without any CO2 emissions.

It should be noted that the majority of these routes will be nearly exclusively separate bicycle lanes, thus responding to the concern of residents regarding getting around by bicycle, which many residents still consider to be dangerous. In addition, the construction of these new infrastructures will be accompanied by increased training in cycling for young people, including at school.

David Bénard

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