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Access maintained for pedestrians and cyclists during bridge works. Narrow but way better than a lengthy diversion.

The cycle lane can only be accessed by going across the footway, but watch out for the raised kerb at the end. Only the kerb at the footway side is dropped. (See also #88922)

So I think you are meant to just cycle over the footway to get to the cycle lane, but watch that kerb! (See also #88923)

I don't know what the designer thought would happen here.

Some of the cycle (and motorcycle) parking at Uddingston station, seen at the weekend.

NCN75 continuity hopelessly mismanaged at new housing development where footway car parking is endemic.

A steep ramp out of underpass at Old Glasgow Road.

The path ahead is blocked off where it meets Hallside Road, so the only option is left down some steps onto Walnut Gate.

A poorly formed path that could be connecting the streets in this housing development.

A nice path from cul-de-sac spoilt by barriers across the end.

No real attempt to allow bike access to housing estate via path from main road, and quite narrow cycle lanes for a 40mph road.

Onto the footway at the roundabout at Drumsagard. South Lanarkshire Council has signed the A724 as NCN74, even though the Sustrans NCN74 goes to Uddingston to join NCN75.

Nothing special at these bus stops.

Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway, at right angles!

This traffic island has a cage.

The cycleway around the roundabout at Drumsagard, where the traffic island isn't even big enough for the Give Way triangle!

The cycleway around the roundabout at Drumsagard.

Back onto the footway for the roundabout.

Each of the entrances to Halfway Park has barriers across it and no dropped kerb, making it difficult for people on bikes to visit. Also, another sign for local primary schools, and car parking in the cycle lane.

A door-zone cycle lane past a layby, and if you get hit, there's nowhere for passing motorists to swerve to avoid hitting you.

The stop-start cycle lane starts again under the parked car at the right of the picture.

Continuous cycle lanes past sideroad and traffic island.

Just when the road gets to a narrow bit on a slight climb, the cycle lane stops briefly.

Dalmarnock Bridge - the link between the road to the Cuningar Loop park and NCN75 Clyde Walkway - all fenced in with guardrail. If going on-road, the turn at #87965 does not have a dropped kerb.

Signs for the Cuningar Loop park point out that there is no car parking beyond here. It is however, a through route for cycles now the bridge to the former athletes' village is open.

Sign obscured by vegetation.

I guess this may be temporary, but the park needs a gate that doesn't force anyone on a bike to mount the kerb.

An artwork at the entrance to the Cuningar Loop park. In the background a rollerskating dog walker!

The Cuningar Loop park.

Narrow cycle lanes with no parking restrictions. When there were offices and other workplaces along here there would be lots of daytime car parking here. Shawfield Road represents a more direct route to Rutherglen than NCN756. Some of th ... [more]

It seems the designer expects cyclists to cross to the park using the toucan crossing away to the right, rather than crossing the centre of the junction. Coming from the park there are no push-buttons for the crossing at the park gate.

The Smart Bridge between Shawfield and Dalmarnock.

The Cuningar Loop park has this Wee Cabin café, open at weekends, next to the adventure play area. https://en-gb.facebook.com/WeeCabinCafe/

Information on the Cuningar Loop park, including a map.

BMX track at Cuningar Loop park.

Various activities are catered for in the Cuningar Loop park, including rock climbing.

Cyclists asked to dismount on the boardwalk next to the River Clyde.

The paths in Cuningar Loop park are mostly paved.

The new bridge connecting the Cuningar Loop park to the former athletes' village in Dalmarnock. But no connection to the Clyde Walkway below the bridge.

Lit main route through Cuningar Loop park.

Hamilton Street, Carluke, with cycle parking

The Spine Road within Whitelee Wind Farm

Barrier at the Ardochrig Road entrance to the Whitelee Wind Farm (and pothole!). The track ceases to be asphalt once past the gate.

Site visit at NCN 74 segregated route between Lesmahagow and Happendon with the @SustransScot team #walking #cycling https://t.co/5A9NlSeOtW

"shared" path, South Lanarkshire-style #yesitsaBMW https://t.co/SBgShqB8iS

Wheel-only bike rack right outside entrance to Regent Shopping Centre. Might not take some mountain bike or fat tyres - could lock frame to fence instead.

Sheffield stands tucked in corner of Regent Shopping Centre car park - full of 'character'

A cargobike being used in Rutherglen!

Route sign for NCN75 on Bridge Street. Of the two signs pointing up Bridge Street, one is for route 74 and the other for (74). Despite this being a signed turning, and there being on-road cycle lanes, the only dropped kerb is beyond the ... [more]

The route sign here says NCN74 turns left down Bridge Street, but there is another sign further down Bridge Street that refers to route (74) meaning that the road leads to route 74 and isn't itself route 74. There are other signs for 74 fur ... [more]

So has the cycle route suddenly gone back onto the road? Without warning (or space) a cycle lane appears in the road, carefully painting around a pothole, and does the straight ahead arrow mean the route is going straight on at the junction ... [more]

A sign for motorists blocking the shared use footway. There is no indication as to what way the cycle route takes at the junction ahead.

While other parts of the country are starting to build bus stop bypasses, South Lanarkshire has come up with this. A triangular area marked as a bus stop, then the cycle lane transfers onto the footway, and the bus stop pole is just beyond ... [more]

Is the designer of this facility designing for triangular cars in the parking bay? Cycle lane in the doorzone.

Just as suddenly as when it started (in #70539) the cycle lane jumps back to the kerbside, just in time for some car parking.

After the bus stop the cycle lane suddenly jumps from the kerbside to the middle of the carriageway, and motorists are just driving in it.

Intermittent cycle lanes and car parking. Plus central hatching showing how much space is available to waste.

Hardly an 8-80 type of environment on NCN74 on the A724. Paint with no consideration for creating space for cycling.

Plenty of room to do something offering a little more protection.

The instruction is clear that the route transfers from the footway to the carriageway at the junction ahead, but drivers are driving their vehicles like the cycle lane beyond the junction isn't there.

Apparently the cycle route has joined the (totally normal looking) footway. Possibly back at the roundabout where there is a dropped kerb.

The cycle route joins the A724, at a signalised roundabout. An Advance Stop Line has been provided, nothing else. From the signs further along the road, it appears cyclists are meant to join the footway at the far side of this junction ( ... [more]

The route signs for the turn from Hamilton Road into Main Street appear to be facing the wrong way. There is no sign for the left turn into Hamilton Road, and instead a sign facing cyclists coming from Rutherglen that is sending them back t ... [more]

Hamilton Road appears to be quite a busy rat-run, and traffic calming has been provided by means of chicanes. Advisory cycle lanes have been painted in one direction through these chicanes. This appears to encourage motorists to overtake cy ... [more]

An advisory cycle lane painted around one side of a traffic-calming chicane. Is this to encourage motorists to overtake cyclists in the chicane? A wider view of this location is at #70529.

The traffic calming on Hamilton Road is by means of chicanes. Cycle lanes have been painted in one direction through these chicanes.

Some of the cycle lanes on Reid Street were painted, then scorched off and then repainted narrower, before being coloured red. But with the kerbside and footway parking, an utter waste of time and money!

Short lengths of cycle lane have been painted on Reid Street. A complete waste of time and money! No attempt made to tackle the footway parking, and now there is cycle lane parking too.

The painted cycle lanes on King Street lead straight into the kerbside car parking in Caledonia Avenue.

On-road cycle lanes on King Street, with the westbound side being in the doorzone of a parking lay-by outside Royal Burgh House.

Back onto the carriageway for the final section of King Street.

A very narrow town centre footway that has been made shared use due to this part of King Street being one-way!

This footway has been made shared use, even though it is so narrow!

The central cycle lane heads through the No Entry signs before turning onto the footway. Would it not have been better to move the Give Way line back and allow cyclists onto the footway with the protection of the buildout rather than cyclin ... [more]

A cycle lane in the middle of the (two-way) road approaching the one-way section of King Street!

An unusual route sign with the arrow at the top rather than to the side, on King Street.

The junction of NCN74 on King Street and NCN756 on the shared footway of Glasgow Road (see also #70517). Users are expected to bump a kerb and pass a No Entry sign.

Signs at the junction of NCN756 on the shared footway of Glasgow Road, and NCN74 on King Street (see also #70518).

A very poor section of shared footway on the corner of Quay Road and Glasgow Road.

NCN756 on the shared footway of Glasgow Road at the M74 motorway flyover. One of the better bits along this road, although there is no separation between the cycleway and the carriageway.

The path between the Smart Bridge and Glasgow Road. Could do with a dropped kerb at the end.

Big clutter in Biggar as small town Scotland spoilt by road engineers. long waits on crossings too @TransformScot http://t.co/452yqoJoRD

Cars parked on the verge of the cycle path at the mausoleum.

Road closure with bikes allowed through. The bollards are a little close together, but they are arranged diagonally to make it slightly easier to get through. There are rumble strips across the cycleway here, presumably due to the falling g ... [more]

The usual Give Way markings at every entranceway.

Split toucan crossing across Bothwell Road, part of NCN74.

An off-centre bollard at the end of the path between May Gardens and May Street, but then the cycle route is routed along the footway of May Street cul-de-sac, rather than going onto the carriageway. Needless to say someone has parked a car ... [more]

A nice wide path between New Douglas Park and Auchinraith Avenue. However, it doesn't last and it's back to standard shared narrow footway around the corner!

Five wheeltwisters are provided for anyone cycling to New Douglas Park.

Unconventional road markings for the cycle crossing across the New Douglas Park car park.

Cycle route across the New Douglas Park car park.

The gate across the path through to New Douglas Park has a No Entry sign on it when the path is (presumably) not one-way. The shared use sign is used on a totally unsuitable footway, in a dead-end street.

Plenty of roadspace, but clearly this footway has not been widened when it was "converted" to a shared-use foot and cycleway. There's no dropped kerb for cyclists to rejoin the carriageway if they are not turning left into Yews Crescent.

The crossing of Whitehill Road, right next to the A724 roundabout.

Narrow crossing of minor side street.

Motor traffic on this minor road has a slight chicane, while the signed cycle route turns left through the bollards and along the Burnbank pedestrian precinct.

After crossing Glasgow Road, the cycle route goes down another narrow path, with another black-painted barrier. Since there is another barrier between the path and the road, why is the second barrier necessary? However, it would be bette ... [more]

Barriers across the path next to the unsignalised Glasgow Road crossing. Cyclists following the signed route cross and don't actually rejoin the carriageway. The distance of 3 miles to Hamilton is only slightly less than on a sign in ... [more]

The cycle route is via a narrow path to an unsignalised crossing of the A724, then along the footway to use another narrow path, before heading around the rear of the tower block, all because the powers that be won't tackle the real issue o ... [more]

One of the better pieces of cycle infrastructure in Hamilton, the toucan crossing across High Blantyre Road on Glenlee Street.

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