A PLAN is underway to create Glasgow's first cycling village in the trendy Finnieston district and improve the public realm for visitors and residents.

The area has been transformed in recent years and now houses some of the city’s top restaurants and bars with the redevelopment of nearby Kelvin Hall, the Hydro, and the Riverside Museum also boosting visitor numbers.

Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council want to create a more attractive 'gateway' to the area for people arriving from the SEC and Hydro, as well as creating new cycle routes to link up with three, existing national routes, through Kelvingrove Park, along the Clyde side and the West City Way.

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The cycle paths would take in St Vincent Crescent, Minerva and Corunna Street at the red tunnel linking Finnieston to the SEC and Hydro.

The plan also includes improved crossing points for cyclist on Sauchiehall and Argyle Streets, which could lead to traffic being reduced to a one way system and landscaping.

Earlier this week, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced funding for new walking and cycling infrastructure will be more than doubled to £36 million.

Lee Grant, secretary of Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council said said: "As a Community Council we have responded to the many environmentally focused residents and business owners, to create a safe and convenient cycling environment.

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"Through working with Glasgow City Council and Sustrans we have enabled the resurfacing of many roads and pavements.

"We introduced Glasgow’s first on-street bike pump, with a second, to follow shortly at Kelvinhall. "Numerous cycle stands for secure storage have been installed near shops, restaurants and services.

"Now, after securing two more Nextbike stations, bringing the total in our area to 5, we feel it’s time to join these and the three National Cycle routes surrounding our community, with ‘protected’ cycle lanes.

"In doing so, we want to become the first ‘Cycle Village’ within Glasgow – a place where pedestrians and cyclists are a priority."

Green councillor Christy Mearns said: "If approved, this would be a fantastic improvement to the area, currently very dominated by cars.

"This fantastic vision would provide good quality space for cyclists, making it safer and more attractive for residents, and those passing through, to get on a bike."

A public meeting is taking place on Saturday June 9 from 9am to 5pm and Wednesday June 13 from 3pm to 8pm, to discuss the plans at Bike for Good, 65 Haugh Rd.