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A path connecting the Stewartfield Way shared footway to a woodland path from where Markethill Road can be accessed.

Are U-turns a problem here? U-turns prohibited on a road with frequent roundabouts. There isn't room to perform a U-turn on the shared footway on Stewartfield Way.

An illustration of why these shared-use footways are all a bit too narrow. Earphones in and got a surprise when I slowly edged ahead. But no harm done. Just everyday cycling on the infrastructure provided. Stewartfield Way is apparently ... [more]

The Stewartfield cycle route meets the cycle route along Stewartfield Way (connecting the National Museum of Rural Life to NCN756 at Kingsgate), but only directional signage for the latter.

The Stewartfield cycle route leaves Stewartfield Crescent and takes the path. There would appear to be room for a diagonal connecting path to avoid the right angled corners on the path as it is, originally designed for use only by pedestria ... [more]

The Stewartfield cycle route leaves the path to join the footway of Stewartfield Crescent.

The Stewartfield cycle path crosses Macarthur Drive.

The Stewartfield cycle path crossing Stewartfield Road.

A path junction in Stewartfield.

Directional signage on the cycle route through Stewartfield, but only in one direction.

The cycle signage now continues right along the path to Stewartfield.

The Stewartfield cycle path meets West Mains Road. Navigate between the bus shelter and the cabinet to get to the toucan crossing.

The cycle route to Stewartfield doesn't actually have any destination signs in the direction towards Stewartfield. Turn right here for Stewartfield, or continue straight ahead to #31495 where the shared footway along West Mains Road ends. ... [more]

The cycle route to Stewartfield approaching the toucan crossing where the route leaves West Mains Road.

A new toucan crossing replacing a footbridge with stepped ramps over West Mains Road. But nowhere obvious to cycle on the far side of the crossing.

The cycle route to Stewartfield at Strathfillan Road.

The cycle route to Stewartfield along West Mains Road, opposite St Kenneth's Primary School, hence the part-time 20mph limit.

The cycle route to Stewartfield passing Kirtonholme Recreation Area.

To get onto the cycle route to Stewartfield from NCN756 on West Mains Road, the simplest way appears to be to use the slip onto Torrance Road and then the dropped kerb inside the junction.

The connection from Barr Terrace to NCN756 on West Mains Road is pedestrian only.

The cycle track along Queensway, between Birniehill and The Murray roundabouts.

An underpass at the Birniehill Roundabout.

A fine example of a 'Cycles Only' sign, at the start of the cycle track leading to the Birniehill Roundabout underpasses.

An "improved" roundabout at Stroud Road and Kelvin Road. Not improved for cycling, as far as I can see.

South Lanarkshire College visible, but with no entrance here.

The view out of the sliproad underpass towards a roundabout and development site. Room for upgrading.

A footway next to the High Common Road/Strathaven Road sliproad. If this was upgraded to a cycleway, there's room to move the path away from the road to give better sightlines into the underpass.

Not a cycleway, just a footway alongside High Common Road, passing under Strathaven Road, with South Lanarkshire College in the background.

East Kilbride's cycle route 3 continues alongside the A726 to the Calderglen Country Park overflow car park.

A decrepit shared footway approaching the uncontrolled crossing across the High Common Road sliproad from Strathaven Road. Room for improvement.

The footway and cycleway merge together for the High Common Road sliproad crossing. The 'shared use' sign has completely faded out.

The cycleway merges into the bus stop layby, but the layout could easily be revised within the available space.

Before route 3's path was built, cyclists were expected to return to the carriageway once past the roundabout.

East Kilbride cycle routes 2 and 3 come out of the underpass and split to proceed in opposite directions. So I'd expect better signage than this!

A route sign for East Kilbride cycle route 2, but is it pointing along the path or the carriageway?

A route sign that appears to have been twisted around, since it is facing the houses in Mount Cameron Drive North.

Blacklaw Drive, and footbridge. Again, no signage for East Kilbride cycle route 2 at the junction ahead.

Poor capitalisation on road sign. No sign for East Kilbride cycle route 2.

A path across the Blacklaw Drive roundabout and into the Tesco supermarket. There are no signs for East Kilbride cycle route 2 at this roundabout. However, the 'Cyclists Dismount' sign has vanished too.

A path across the roundabout in Blacklaw Drive, and onwards through the housing scheme.

The Tesco supermarket entrance from Glen Urquhart, with steps and ramp. When Somerfield had this store there were Sheffield stands on the corner to the right of the steps, but now they've been removed in favour of #107434.

A route sign for route 'P', pointing into the Tesco supermarket. This sign is also found at #31508.

The first sign in a while for East Kilbride cycle route 2. The next sign (pointing left) has a letter 'P' on a red background.

Someone needs to set up a website 'Rate My Asphalting'.

No signage at this major path junction in St Leonards. The only clue as to which way East Kilbride cycle route 2 goes is the widened path.

East Kilbride cycle route 2 at the High Commons Road underpass.

East Kilbride cycle route 2 in St Leonards.

East Kilbride cycle route 2 follows the asphalt path.

Follow the asphalt path for East Kilbride cycle route 2.

A sign for National Cycle Network Route 2, except it's actually for East Kilbride route 2, and doesn't clearly identify whether it is for the road on the right or the path just beyond it.

An entrance to the Calderglen Country Park, with steps.

Lots of steps on this path.

Underpass beneath St Leonards Road. Unlit during the day.

Brancumhall Road looking towards St Leonards Road, and to the right a path to an underpass.

Back to 10mph on Reynolds Avenue (see #107767).

A brief section of 20mph road before back to 10mph.

The way from the entrance to the cycle parking is blocked by a barrier, and the very narrow gap at the side is blocked by cones.

Despite the 'No Smoking' signs with the cycle shelters, this 'Designated Smoking Area' sign is pointing right at the cycle shelters.

A Glasgow Commonwealth Games 'Legacy 2014' stand has found its way to South Lanarkshire College. A workstand has also been supplied.

Cycle parking at South Lanarkshire College.

South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride - 'share space' it says.

Alison Lea blocked to through traffic at Morrishall Road, with no allowance for cycling. Pedestrians only.

Two generations of cycle parking at the Brancumhall Recreation Area.

Brancumhall Recreation Area - paths connect to the areas north and west of the playing fields.

Roadworks and building work on Brancumhall Road opposite the road from St Leonards RC Primary School and the Brancumhall Recreation Area.

Pavement-hopping at Brancumhall Road.

A path connecting Galloway Road to Brancumhall Road.

The route finally arrives at the Brancumhall Estate, turning right off of Morrishall Road into Galloway Road.

The route to Brancumhall turns onto Morrishall Road. There was no indication that this route (which made its way along Calderwood Road on the footway) is not on-road along this section of fairly busy and fast road.

The 'Recommended Route for Cyclists' signs on this route are all facing across the carriageway instead of along it. So consistently that it looks like an installation problem rather than vandalism.

A dropped kerb in Tannahill Drive blocked by car parking, where the cycle route to Brancumhall joins the carriageway.

A dropped kerb on Alison Lea blocked by car parking.

The shared footway outside the Alison Lea Medical Centre. I don't know who thought that this would be an adequate design.

Footway parking partially on the shared footway outside the Alison Lea Medical Centre. Google Streetview shows a greater degree of obstruction in its image.

The end of the Calderwood Road section of the cycle route to Brancumhall, and some footway parking outside the Alison Lea Medical Centre.

The widened footway on this side of Calderwood Road ends, but not before it has been obstructed by a control cabinet for the toucan crossing.

The Calderwood Road shared footway switches sides at the toucan crossing ahead.

The Calderwood Road shared footway, with a bus shop, footway parking, and a pinch-point crossing on the road across to a school.

Give way at Capelrig Drive, with space for a waiting car.

Give way at the schools entrance.

Both paths have cycle signs on them, so possibly could divert if a heavily laden bus pulls up and starts unloading, but otherwise the left path goes directly to the school and the right is for following Calderwood Road.

Cross Carlyle Drive behind a waiting car.

Give way to drivers exiting the Whitemoss Recreation Area - loss of priority.

Options to pass in front of or behind the bus shelter, depending on bus passenger activity.

Limited sight lines at the St Leonards Road traffic lights on the Calderwood Road shared footway.

The Calderwood Road shared footway passing a bus stop at the sports centre.

The original cycle track from the Whitemoss Roundabout joins Calderwood Road, but a new shared-use footway starts and continues to the Alison Lea Health Centre, from where there is a local cycle route extending to Brancumhall.

Signs at the Whitemoss Roundabout, including some pointing up a flight of steps.

Signs at the Whitemoss Roundabout. I can see a problem with the route to the Sports Centre, and I'm not sure the signs for the Health Centre are pointing the right way. The nearest health centre might be the Hunter Health Centre back in the ... [more]

This way to the cycle route, at Whitemoss Roundabout.

A sign for the Sports Centre, but what about the cycle route all the way to Brancumhall?

A sign for East Kilbride town centre. But choose the further away path if you intend to use the shared footway and don't want to bump over the grass (see #107587).

The original cycle track leads cyclists out onto the busy Whitemoss Road carriageway. But the footway has been made shared use, without a connection being made between the cycle track and the footway to allow transfer onto the shared footwa ... [more]

The original layout at four of East Kilbride's roundabouts was that cyclists could leave the road before the roundabout, use the underpasses (including a pedestrian and cyclist roundabout in the centre such as at #107590), and then rejoin t ... [more]

A path being widened at Whitemoss Roundabout.

The shared-use footway alongside one side of the busy Whitemoss Avenue.

The cycleway along the Whitemoss Avenue footway (see #107581) is signed into the park and towards Avondale Avenue (and the path with steps in #107573).

No evidence that this section of footway on Whitemoss Avenue is a cycleway. It's also rather busy and cluttered.

I'm hoping this newly marked cycle path alongside Whitemoss Avenue will be widened once the work behind the hoardings has been finished.

'Slow' - a path that needs widened once the work behind the hoarding is finished.

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