Keep Active Travel Routes Open During COP26

Glasgow City Council have confirmed that Glasgow’s key east-west active travel corridor - the National Cycle Network 7/75 - will be closed during COP from the Clyde Arc (Squinty Bridge) to Partick. In a climate emergency during a climate conference this is simply unacceptable. Glasgow City Council’s own data shows that thousands of people cycle along the Broomielaw every day. The east-west link is also an essential link for people walking and wheeling. Without a safe alternative during COP and particularly with the influx of visitors to the conference considered, public transport will become overwhelmed and our roads will become even more gridlocked and ironically, polluted. Not only will residents of the city continue to require safe active travel routes during the conference, but the large number of delegates and protestors visiting the city will need to be encouraged to safely use sustainable transport to move around the city during COP. GoBike are calling for Glasgow City Council to: * ensure that safe active travel routes, suitable for all ages and abilities and accessible for all, remain open during COP * ensure that active travel is made a priority around the security cordon and that diversions are safe, direct, traffic free, clearly signposted and that closures are advertised to users in advance * ensure that active travel diversion plans are proactively consulted on with local cycle campaign groups ahead of their public announcement accelerate implementation of a linked up active travel network in the lead up to COP (and beyond) * maintain the momentum gained with the Spaces for People program and work to improve and make permanent the temporary measures in place This is a climate emergency. Join GoBike and sign the petition to ensure that Active Travel routes remain open during COP26.

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GoBike have had contact and conversations with council officers, Get Ready Glasgow representatives and elected members asking that routes remain open and that any essential diversions are consulted on with the cycle campaign prior to their public announcement. Despite Cllr Matt Kerr gaining agreement from the council officer responsible at committee that this would be the case, there has been response, further communication or agreement from the council on the asks of the campaign.


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Principal Petitioner
Thomas Cornwallis

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Closing date
17 Sep 2021

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