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Cycle parking outside the Dollan Aqua Centre swimming pool in East Kilbride.

Some cycle parking outside one of the entrances to the East Kilbride Shopping Centre. Other entrances also have stands too.

Lots of cycle parking outside the Civic Centre in East Kilbride, but being used as a smoking shelter instead.

Plenty of cycle parking outside the new health centre in the centre of East Kilbride.

Signage for the original Biggar to Lanark (Kirkfieldbank) cycle route, but no signage for the route in the Douglas/Happendon direction. A newer Biggar to Lanark cycle route has been provided via Hyndford Bridge, but involves cycling along t ... [more]

A sign for a cycle route to Lanark, but without a destination. There is no longer a corresponding sign on the other side of the road, just signage for NCN74.

There are a lot of construction markings on the eastern side at Happendon Services. Will the cycle route actually benefit from an upgraded facility or will there just be sliproads to cross?

The cycle route through and beyond the motorway junction is a shared footway. There is a lot of dirt from the carriageway affecting the cycleway.

Compared to the shared footway on other side of the road, the end of the purpose built cycleway looks over-engineered. It could also do with a sweep.

Since the NCN74 cycleway is separated from the road by a decent sized verge, there is no question of roadsigns blocking the cycleway.

NCN74 alongside the B7078 (the old A74) where the former dual carriageway has been converted into a single carriageway road and a decent cycleway.

There's a 'give way' at each field access, but there's little chance you'll actually need to give way to anything. The new kerbs appear to be stuck onto the carriageway and have come adrift in some places.

After a rubbish detour around Lesmahagow, the cycle route becomes rather good again! The former dual carriageway has been converted into a single carriageway road and a decent cycle path.

The cycle route south of Blackwood starts off as a shared footway, but then it changes into a proper cycleway.

The shared footway to the north of Blackwood is fairly narrow, right next to the carriageway, and ends pretty much as soon as it's past the 30mph signs. So roadies don't use it and it would be difficult to pass someone coming the other way ... [more]

Lots of destinations in Stonehouse, but the sign for Larkhall shouldn't have brackets around '74' since it is actually on route 74.

A diversion sign for NCN756 (due to severance at Richmond Park) at the Smartbridge, and NCN75 Clyde Walkway on the far bank.

The path at Shawfield heading away from the Smartbridge.

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The Smartbridge at Shawfield.

Something has happened that has caused the still fairly new main riverside path to be closed. Diversion via the secondary path.

I did suggest at a meeting with Transport Scotland that they link the two bridges across the Raith Interchange roundabout with a bridge over the M74 motorway, creating a far more direct route. But they weren't having it. "Eyesore" or "distr ... [more]

The route from Bothwell to Strathclyde Country Park through the Raith Interchange first involves heading towards Bothwell Bridge to cross the dual carriageway in the toucan crossing seen in #93304.

The path linking Bothwell and the Raith Interchange shared-use paths still looks like a building site, despite the motorway junction having been open for several months.

The missing link in a 20-mile mostly off-road cycle route between Glasgow Green and Strathclyde Country Park.

It doesn't look like maintenance of the cycle parking shelter is particularly high on the school's agenda.

Part of Richmond Park has been sold for housing, and thus NCN756's route is presently severed.

A toucan crossing across the dual carriageway connects Bothwell to the Raith Interchange walking and cycling provision. As it forms part of the junction traffic signal system, one side of motor traffic is stopped before the other.

The path from the Raith Interchange continues alongside the dual carriageway to Bothwell Bridge. There is literally nothing on this side of the road. A toucan crossing is provided for getting across to Bothwell.

The end of the ramp from the Raith Interchange roundabout cycle bridge (see #93301) ends at the A725 sliproad. There are then some right-angled corners to turn at and toucan crossings to cross to get to Bothwell. Queuing drivers also see ... [more]

The ramp from the cycle bridge over the Raith Interchange roundabout comes down in the No Man's Land between two dual carriageways, rather than on the side where Bothwell is. Users therefore have to cross four carriageways using toucan cros ... [more]

The second cycle bridge across the Raith Interchange roundabout requires all users to pass under it and go around a loop to get up to it. There isn't even a staircase shortcut for walkers!

The second cycle bridge across the Raith Interchange roundabout requires all users to pass under it and go around a loop to get up to it. There isn't even a staircase shortcut for walkers!

The café and toilets in George Allan Park, Strathaven.

The East Kilbride to Strathaven cycle route is only signed in one direction on this route because the route was copied out of a book, and the return direction takes a totally different (and longer) route. It also now has NCN1 signage.

The footway past the bus stop is shared use, but how would anyone alighting from a bus know?

A sign with destinations, but what if I want to go towards Philipshill Cemetery and Carmunnock (route visible through the bridge)?

A very narrow shared-use footway adjacent to the 'no expense spared' A727 dual carriageway flyover and sliproads.

A very narrow shared-use footway past a bus stop.

The anonymous cycle route signs points left, but the rather narrow footway straight ahead is also shared-use, as can be seen in #92637.

The sign says some anonymous cycle route turns right, but the footway to the left is also shared-use. Plus another pedestrian crossing on a cycle route where a toucan crossing (with the extra call buttons) would be expected.

The shared-use footway changes sides across the A726 dual carriageway, but the crossing is only a pedestrian crossing and not a toucan crossing.

@Tesco More than a year later, still no proper bike parking at Dalmarnock https://t.co/kiRjhdaRsz

Another bike in a marked wheelchair space on a Scotrail train.

I thought for a moment that Scotrail had started to provide bike spaces on the electric trains, but when I got off the train I noticed it was marked as a wheelchair space on the outside of the train.

Cycle parking lockers and stands at Cambuslang station, with the stands installed rather close to a wall and railing.

If through traffic can be sent around Clydeford Road and Bridge Street, and Cambuslang Main Street given over to Summerfest for one day, why not on the other 364 days?

The toucan crossing boxes at Rodger Drive have a restricted angle of view (see also #90573), but boxes across the road can been seen when this one is still dark.

The toucan crossing boxes at Rodger Drive have a restricted angle of view (see also #90574).

The Mill Street footway has a single toucan crossing at the Rodger Drive junction, outside Overtoun Park. NCN756 is present within the park.

The Mill Street footway has toucan crossings at the King's Park Avenue junction.

More obstructions on the narrow Mill Street footway.

A narrow footway unsuitable for cycling, but at either end has cycle facilities, seen in #90566 and #90572.

If cyclists are to stay on the footway at #90566, they will end up here at a very narrow section of footway through a bus shelter.

The last (or first coming from Rutherglen) cycle marking on the Cathkin Relief Road's cycle path. But no dropped kerb to rejoin the carriageway.

The Cathkin Relief Road's cycle path continues towards Mill Street.

The Cathkin Relief Road's cyclepath looks more and more like an ordinary footway the further north it gets. But still has markings to remind users. No shared-use signage anywhere.

Another unfinished section of the Cathkin Relief Road's cyclepath.

A peculiar arrangement at the bus stop.

The Cathkin Relief Road's cyclepath starts again at Drumilaw Road, and is also the access path for a bus stop.

Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Landscaping along the Cathkin Relief Road is at an early stage.

The Cathkin Relief Road cycle path joins George Mann Terrace for a short distance. Plus another view of the road carriageway drainage.

Clyde Walkway

Clyde Walkway

Clyde Walkway

One of several stairs on the Clyde Walkway

A shelter with stands replacing the lockers in #25343 at Rutherglen station.

The contraflow on the footway isn't even widened where the road is mostly marked "Keep Clear". Plus the (74) signs keep popping up.

The contraflow facility in King Street is provided by permitting cycling on the existing footway.

King Street's cycle lane doubles as an overtaking lane when there are parked cars about. A contraflow has been provided on the one-way section by permitting cycling on the existing footway.

Users of this cycle lane need to look out for oncoming motorists overtaking parked cars.

A bike advertising a clothing shop, which appears to be shut, despite the board.

Nothing can be built to line up anymore when it comes to paths. The Cathkin Relief Road's pedestrian crossing at Fernhill Road.

The Cathkin Relief Road at the Fernhill Road junction, and a view of the soak-away drainage.

A hair-pin path down to a small bridge across the burn, where steps would allow walkers a more direct route.

Nobody would ever think to take a short-cut down the hillside rather than use the hair-pin path.

Where are all the bussists? Newly built disused bus stops on the Cathkin Relief Road, because the bus company quite sensibly decided it would rather continue running its buses along Fernhill Road. But still no excuse for the lighting col ... [more]

The cycle path alongside the Cathkin Relief Road, and a toucan crossing leading to a path to Fernhill.

The point where the path from Larchfield Drive meets the Cathkin Relief Road.

NCN756 continues along Larchfield Drive, but the path to the left is also a cycle path and goes up to run alongside the Cathkin Relief Road.

The path from Larchfield Drive is obstructed by barriers, then there is an uncontrolled crossing of the Cathkin Relief Road, and steps and a hair-pin path up to Fernhill.

A path up to the Cathkin Relief Road from Larchfield Drive.

The narrow path is covered in mud washed down from the Cathkin Relief Road embankment.

The new route of NCN756 is over the right fork to the toucan crossing. The path ahead leads to a high kerb. I took a group ride over this and half of them went straight on, and it's not difficult to see why, especially with the old Give Way ... [more]

Quite an awkward approach to the new toucan crossing alongside the Cathkin Relief Road.

Simple route to crossing on this side, but a mess on the other side (see #90314).

Painted markings direct cyclists from Rutherglen onto the road to the right, but NCN756 actually goes left towards the Smart Bridge. Some dropped kerbs nearer or behind the camera would be useful here.

Typical nonsense markings in South Lanarkshire, where it appears cyclists are meant to cross from the footway of Glasgow Road (off to the right) onto the footway in the foreground, then immediately leave it for the on-road cycle lane. No he ... [more]

Avant garde railing at Pollock Avenue road crossing. The traffic here is fast, but no signalised crossing has been provided. The path ahead is on the course of an old railway line to Peacock Cross.

Earnock St has a path across to Pollock Avenue at the end, which then continues towards Peacock Cross.

Earnock St has pedestrian access to Burnbank Road, but only away from Hamilton town centre. No provision for cycling.

Space for motoring, but only one bus at the bus stop at a time please! And no-one will want to walk to the bus stop from this direction. Someone did cycle along the dual carriageway just after I'd taken the photo, in all the proper cycling ... [more]

Space for motoring. Even the pedestrian infrastructure is pretty flaky, leading to people walking along the verge.

It's possible to walk from Queen St, across the High Blantyre Road split Zebra Crossing, and into Stewart St, but there is no provision for cycling.

It's possible to walk from Stewart St, across the High Blantyre Road split Zebra Crossing, and into Queen St, but there is no provision for cycling.

A sign for (74) on Auchinraith Road.

The view along Calder Street.

I don't know whether this counts as a branch of route (74) or if this is a sign directing towards route (74). None of the destinations are on actual NCN74. No sign for an opposite direction.

Route (74) wiggles its way through the staggered junction at Calder St/Stonefield Road.

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