Plans to redesign one of Glasgow’s business roads have been altered again after businesses and residents raised concerns about cycle lanes.

Plans for Byres Road in the west end have been sent back to the drawing board yet again.

Initially the plans to improve the street included a shared cycle lane on the carriageway but it was rejected in favour of a 1.5metre two way segregated cycle lane.

It was feared that there could be conflict between cyclists and motorists if it was not a separate space, which would make cycling on a busy street safer.

However, following another consultation it has been decided to scrap plans for the kerb segregated cycle lane.

In a report to councillors, Richard Brown, Executive Director of Regeneration and the Economy said the plans failed to get full support.

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He said: “The decision to include segregated cycle lanes within the design is not supported by all stakeholders.

“Some feel that the benefits to cyclists are outweighed by disadvantages to other users of the street. There was particular concern in relation to loss of on-street parking, localised narrowing of footways and the fact that the introduction of an additional kerb line will make it more difficult to cross the street.”

Mr Brown said that group who favoured protected cycle lanes also were not fully supportive.

He said: “Representatives from stakeholder groups with a focus on cycling have noted preference for a stepped Copenhagen style cycle lane which is the arrangement currently being constructed as part of the South City Way project.”

So, the kerb segregated cycle lane will not be taken forward.

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Mr Brown added: “Protected cycle lanes will form part of the final design with the preferred arrangement identified during design development in light of further discussion with key stakeholders.”

He said it will consider the merits of footway level and stepped “Copenhagen style” hybrid cycle lanes.

The plans also involve dramatically reducing the number of on street car parking spaces.

The BID members were against reducing parking spaces and wanted more parking provision and opposed cycle lanes.

However, it has been noted that just over 30% of shoppers in the street travel by car the rest on foot or public transport and off-street parking and on side streets is available totalling more than 1000 spaces.

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