In late January a resident called 999 to report a house fire. Two fire engines were promptly dispatched, but neither arrived. They both became trapped in the narrow streets of Strathbungo, due to poorly or illegally parked cars.
Fortunately the fire burnt itself out on this occasion, with no major harm done, but it could have been much worse. And this is not the first time this has happened.
Sometimes we pay too little attention to where we leave our cars, and the consequences it has for others, be it pedestrians and young children in the street, or those trapped in a burning building.
We ask all residents to give more consideration to the needs of others when parking in Strathbungo. Parking on double yellow lines at the road and lane junctions, is a particular issue, as it restricts the turning of emergency vehicles, as well as putting other road users in danger due to poor sight lines.
The Strathbungo Society is in contact with Scottish Fire and Rescue as well as the Council to see how we can collectively keep Strathbungo safe. The issue was raised at the Pollokshields Area Partnership meeting this month, and it turns out this problem is not unique to Strathbungo; read about it in the Evening Times.
This is a topic we shall be exploring more in the coming weeks, but meanwhile would value your comments.
Each locker can take 6 bikes
Glasgow City Council are consulting on the introduction of “bread bin” type cycle storage lockers on streets to encourage more people to cycle (see here). There is a questionnaire that can be accessed through the link. After asking some information about respondents, such as whether you own a bike, there are two key questions. Whether you are in favour of on street secure cycle storage, even if this means a loss of parking spaces, and how much you would people be prepared to pay. £1.50 a week is being mooted which seems a lot when car parking is free.
The Strathbungo Society has previously discussed on street secure cycle storage, particularly for the Nithsdale Rd/St/Lane area, as part of the Pollokshields Charrette. The general view is that it could make a big difference for people staying in tenement flats, not just in terms of saving space but also saving people from lugging bikes up stairwells. That is not to say other streets might not be interested. We would like to hear what you think, particularly if you respond to the consultation or would be interested in using a bike box. If enough people are interested we can facilitate a meeting and help make the case to the Council that Strathbungo should be included in the initial trial.
I have offered to act as contact for this until we get a “bike officer” on the Committee! You can contact me at email@example.com
Sorry folks, failed to get report of the fourth discussion group at AGM out for last week (see Heather’s post 27th). This group discussed how we might progress the ideas that came out of the Pollokshields charrette or community planning event, subsequent walkabouts for the Nithsdale Rd area (which includes the phone box) and the stall we ran at Bungo in the Back Lanes. Since then very little has happened but recently we were informed by the Pollokshields Trust that it has been approved funding in principle to help the local community develop proposals further – good news.
While it was acknowledged that numerous good ideas for improving the area had been collected, the unanimous view was we should develop proposals to redesign the Nithsdale Rd deadend as a whole, with a view to greening it and changing the road layout. It was felt there was huge potential to improve the street from how it is at present to the benefit of the people who live there, local businesses and the wider local community. The big idea here was there should be a line of trees down the centre (could be in planters) with parking on either side of this central line around which cars could circulate. Coupled with this the pavement areas could be improved (eg removal of rubbish bins).
There was support for setting up a steering group to take this forward, with their first task being to consult and involve local residents and businesses in making the street a better place – with support hopefully from the Pollokshields Trust. While this could include some smaller projects – some “quick wins” (the phonebox?) would encourage people to get involved – central to this should developing proposals for street redesign.
And two new ideas were suggested, a city tree (see here) to reduce the pollution from Pollokshaws Rd and subterranean rubbish bins as happens in many parts of Europe.
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