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Literally the junction between route (74) and route (74)!

One branch of route (74) takes this narrow path between houses to reach Glasgow Road.

I'm not sure how the cycle lane helps anything. The parked cars are more of a hazard than a low traffic sideroad with good sightlines.

Route (74) crossing Cypress Avenue. I guess the 'Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway' sign should be facing the other way.

A branch of route (74) crosses Cypress Avenue.

End of shared footway, start of on-road painted cycle lanes to Cambuslang along the A724.

End of shared footway, start of on-road painted cycle lanes to Cambuslang along the A724.

Steps between Motherwell Road and the Avon Walkway, with wheeling ramp.

Cycling exempted from road closure at High Blantyre Road crossing at Russell St, and route (74) heads along the footway to the right.

Cyclists on the shared footway are directed down a side street. Hamilton is still 3 miles away (see #89452 and #65152).

South Lanarkshire Council is excelling itself here, I think.

Route (74) shared footway crossing Ballantrae Road.

Not good for cycling, not good for bussing.

The path from Ballantrae Road over towards Blantyre.

Route (74) switches from the roadway of Ballantrae Road to the footway of Main Street. Lots of road markings.

A convoluted underpass for pedestrians at the busy East Kilbride Expressway junction.

A convoluted underpass for pedestrians at the busy East Kilbride Expressway junction. Clearly some people walk around the side to avoid it and take their chances crossing the sliproads.

The end of Bellsfield Drive, open to pedestrians, closed to vehicles. With a little work could be open to bikes too.

I think this must be the cycle parking.

Here is the entrance to the ASDA supermarket, complete with bicycle advertising and a bike locked to a post, but where is the cycle parking?

The toucan crossing across the A724 links route (74) and the ASDA supermarket.

Route (74) goes around this feature.

Utility van driver blocks cycleway in preference to parking (legally) on the A724.

Totally inadequate shared footway/cycleway in downtown Blantyre, with toucan crossing in the distance where route (74) crosses the A724 to meet NCN74 in the park.

Route (74) is signed along this fairly ordinary footway.

Route (74) turns right, but the dropped kerb is on the left.

Poor alignment of cycle lane for those going straight on, and for the eagle-eyed, route (74) turns left.

Clyde bridge below Lanark at the start of the walkway

The Clyde Walkway near Kirkfieldbank

Miniature railway at Valley International Park, Crossford

Do motorway regulations apply to this path?

Another footbridge across a sliproad, another 'Cyclists Dismount' sign.

Although there has been nothing to indicate that cycling is allowed on this path, the 'Cyclists Dismount' sign implies that it is allowed. The alternative is the quasi-motorway A723.

The path across to the Avon Water diverges from the A723 path.

Another model horse in the middle of a busy junction, but only some arms of the junction have pedestrian crossings. No obvious reason why they aren't toucan crossings with shared-use footways all around. The crossings also seem to be of the ... [more]

At the top of the ramp from the retail park, no pedestrian crossing across Palace Grounds Road to get to the other pedestrian crossings on the fast and busy A72/A723 roundabout! There is no pedestrian crossing across Keith St here either, s ... [more]

A ramp at the end of the retail park car park, leading up to the main road. There are steps behind the camera.

Cycle parking in a large car park at Palace Grounds retail park.

Poorly maintained paving and lighting on ramp between Palace Grounds and Castle Street. This stuff isn't cheap to install, so why let it go to waste?

A diagonal ramp through the steps, but watch out for people blindly walking straight down the steps unaware of anything happening around them.

Traffic filtering at Post Gate. Ahead is the Palace Grounds retail park. But Castle St (crossing just beyond the bollards, see #38911) is No Vehicles and excludes cycling.

The town centre cycle route crosses Cadzow St on Campbell St.

An attempt to improve Campbell Street, but ruined by the bin storage.

A damaged route sign at Cadzow Lane, and the van parked on the cycle path from #89518.

A van parked on the cycle path in Cadzow Lane, and the twisted around sign from #89517.

The cycle route turns sharp right around the back of the bush to where the van is parked. The sign is facing the wrong way, and the footway markings are worn out. It's like they are not even trying to create a decent cycle route. The mod ... [more]

Motoring convenience prioritised over walking and cycling at minor Chapel St junction.

The Chapel St crossing has a 'Cyclists Dismount' sign, even though it has toucan crossing like most of the other crossings. Not much thought has gone into aligning this junction for walking and cycling.

An unsignalled crossing of this car park entrance ramp.

Another toucan crossing on the cycle route along Leechlee Road.

The first (74) route sign for the route from Hamilton town centre to NCN74 in Mote Hill. I guess that the 3/4 mile is the distance until the junction with NCN74. Also some cycle parking stands.

A model horse in the middle of the Brandon St/Leechlee Road junction, which appears to have been dumped on some kind of mosaic, plus another toucan crossing.

The first sign of a cycle route in Hamilton town centre - a toucan crossing across Brandon Street.

Covered cycle parking at Hamilton bus station. About twice as many stands could have been accommodated in that space, although it appears that demand has not yet outstripped supply.

The end of the path from Burnbank, near Peacock Cross. Could do with some dropped kerbs.

An unsignalled crossing of Blantyre Farm Road, next to the busy A724 mini-roundabout, for primary school children. The dropped kerb doesn't even match the width of the cycle markings.

Route (74) goes for an unsignalled crossing of Blantyre Farm Road next to the busy A724 mini-roundabout.

A car parked across the dropped kerb for the route (74) crossing. The sign post isn't much better.

Spot the route sign telling cyclists on route (74) to cross the road.

A recommended route for cyclists, along the A724.

Primary school children are expected to cycle along the A724 with only painted cycle lanes for "protection" on route (74).

This crossing at Cameron Way would be categorised as an example of good practice if it weren't for the high kerbs each side of the road.

Awkward barrier before railway bridge, so combined with the steps from Viewfield Avenue, I'd not be tempted to cycle this way on a regular basis.

Traffic filtering at Viewfield Avenue, and paths to either side, although the path southwards starts with a flight of steps.

Path to the Livingstone Memorial Park, but there are steps further on.

Just two cycle parking stands at Blantyre station.

A couple of cycle lockers at Blantyre station.

The other end of the path seen in #89465, where a short section is paved. The sign points out that the path is unlit, and that alternative access can be found via Station Road.

No barrier, only bollards protect the path from the end of John St to Blantyre station, but most of the path is unsurfaced, like the end of John St itself.

While the Clyde Walkway isn't exactly an ideal cycle route, it is disappointing to see such an awkward barrier at the John St access in Blantyre.

NCN74 signs mix with (74) signs. NCN74 and the route signed as (74) both ways cross the A724 here, then take different routes to Hamilton. Surely it would be better to give (74) a proper route number like NCN741?

"This project has been delivered with support from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Sustrans to encourage walking and cycling. Active travel benefits your health and the environment." The only other person I saw on a bike on thi ... [more]

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway, with no widening at bus stops, just markings.

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway, including a couple of toucan crossings across the A724. It has also been signed with (74) signs even ... [more]

NCN74 crosses the entrance to a busy supermarket, which, being some distance from much local housing, is accessed mostly by car.

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway.

NCN74 screened from the A725 East Kilbride expressway.

A large route sign on a single round pole, facing the wrong way.

A ludicrous arrangement at the bus stop on Main St. Not just the conflict caused by directing cyclists through the bus stop waiting area on the footway, but the raised kerb and drain cover at the start of the cycle lane! See also #89204.

After the bus stop, the cycle lane resumes on the road.

A crazy arrangement for cycling on the footway through the bus stop. And watch out for the kerb when joining the cycle lane ahead - only the left side is dropped. See also #89206.

Cyclists are expected to cycle on the footway past a blind corner and then through the bus stop waiting area.

A busy shared-use footway outside Cambuslang station.

Posts, one of them seemingly just for the hell of it! All three cars were driven through the second red light as well.

The route just ends at the traffic signals before the M74 off-ramp junction, with a Give Way into the Advance Stop Line. It's hard to see any logic as to when cycle facilities are provided here. Westbound it is to cross the off-ramp, with n ... [more]

The toucan crossing call point post is completely obstructing the cycle side of the footway. If a post was put in a motorway lane like this, it would be flattened by someone driving into it.

The toucan crossing signal boxes are positioned so they face away from approaching users.

The start of the M74 junction cycleway on Cambuslang Road.

The M74 junction cycleway starts just after a slight road narrowing, so users will have to take a defensive road position to avoid being run over, in which case they could just continue on the road in such a position.

The cycleway carries along the footway as far as the next junction, then ends.

Toucan crossing call point post in the way of the cycle lane. Clearly the designer isn't interested in providing a useable facility, just tick-boxing.

A very tight turn around the call point post to get into the cycle lane.

The designer of this has obviously been watching too many Danny MacAskill videos! Footway/cycleway crossing M74 off-ramp.

The cycleway on the footway starts just after the first M74 on-ramp junction.

The new road layout at Downiebrae Road includes a curious path on the old alignment.

The Territorial Army Centre sign has been moved from the right to the left side of the shared-use footway. The cycle lane on the road leaves the adjacent lane too narrow for the traffic using it. No mention that the 74 route turns left at t ... [more]

I guess it's a cycleway.

South Lanarkshire Council's interpretation of a bus stop bypass, with no continuous footway so all pedestrians expected to walk via the bus stop island. The bus stop itself is in a layby so buses may get delayed waiting to leave.

The cycle lane ends and cyclists directed onto the footway. This sign has (74) rather than the 74 used on other signs nearby. Note also the crayon bike symbol on the carriageway.

South Lanarkshire Council's interpretation of a bus stop bypass, with no continuous footway so all pedestrians expected to walk via the bus stop island. The bus stop itself is in a layby so buses may get delayed waiting to leave.

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