Typical – you wait ages for a hospital consultation to arrive and then two come along at once.
GoSmart! are consulting on improvements to cycle access to the rear of the hospital – ie. the Glencaple road. For some reason the consultation is not online, so apologies for the quality of the map but here are the options:
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Discussion in the pub last week suggested that D would be preferable (assuming that the existing route via Castledykes Park would continue to be open. It gets cyclists off what is a narrow and quite busy road earlier, and represents less of a steep climb to the carpark and the rest of the hospital site. But if you’re a regular cyclist to the hospital, then have a look and have your say
Consultation is closing quite soon. As far as I can tell it’s mainly through a leaflet which was available up at the hospital but you can also contact the GoSmart! team directly at the following address
- I assume that secure facilities for leaving and locking bicycles will be included in the plans for the new hospital, preferably under cover. These should be sited to minimise interaction with other vehicles, for safety reasons.
- Site B (Lockerbie Road) appears to impinge on the existing track of the Caledonian Cycleway out to Locharbriggs and Quarry Road. I assume that this route will not be severed or made un-usable in any way by work at this site, should it be selected.
- More seriously, the Garroch loaning site (A) appears to seriously impinge on the cycle route up the Old Glen road (the former A75). This is a designated CTC route to the A75 (for the brave), Shawhead and Glenkiln, and points west. We would look for a commitment that this route would not be severed or made impassable or unsafe during work on the site, or when the hospital is completed, should this site be selected.