A SIGN has appeared on a busy main road in Glasgow's South Side telling the First Minister that residents need roads, not bike lanes. 

The large bit of cardboard attached to a railing on Pollok's Peat Road read "STURGEON GET AFF THE TELLY. POLLOK NEEDS ROADS, (TAX PAID), NO FKN BIKE LANES".

It's not clear who erected the sign, which was spotted today and yesterday, near Silverburn Shopping Centre. 

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Despite there being no cycle lanes on Peat Road itself, Glasgow City Council installed the temporary measures on nearby Braidcraft Road, Brockburn Road and Barrhead Road earlier this year.

As part of the Spaces for People programme, the bus and cycle lanes aim to increase the practicality and attractiveness of active travel for everyday essential journeys. 

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Locals in the area launched a petition just one month after they had been installed, which attracted more than 1000 signatures. 

We previously reported that residents were complaining about waiting times during busy periods, due to only one lane being available to cars and vans.

Others also pointed out that local emergency service buildings would experience difficultly travelling through the busy road, with traffic unable to move into the cycle and bus lane due to humps.

In May, Glasgow City Council agreed to open up a public consultation on the future of the lanes.

Meanwhile, cycling activist group GoBike hit out at the petition.

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Thomas Cornwallis, convenor of GoBike Glasgow, said: “It seems bizarre that people are so against this change.

"The Spaces for People scheme has been welcomed across many different areas in Glasgow without this level of backlash.  

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“The roundabout behind Silverburn and at the end of both Brockburn and Braidcraft Road has been destroyed by heavy vehicles for years. 

“More bikes on the road means less stress on the road.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “The number one reason given for people not getting on their bike is road safety.

“By providing safe cycleways that are segregated from the main carriageway for vehicles, we are aiming to encourage more people in Glasgow to take up cycling as a regular mode of transport.  

“Significant resources continue to be allocated to the city’s roads system on an annual basis, but we are aiming to make cycling a safer and more attractive option for those who wish to participate.

“More people cycling regularly in Glasgow will be good for the overall health of the city, but will also contribute to the effort to reduce the transport-related carbon emissions that contribute to the climate emergency.

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“Temporary pop-up cycle lanes were introduced in Pollok as part of our Spaces for People programme to make cycling a more attractive and convenient mode of travel during Covid-19. 

“We have recently consulted on all Spaces for People measures introduced, with responses feeding into a process that will make future recommendations on which measures should be kept.

“Wider work to extend the city’s 293km of permanent cycle routes is also underway through projects such as the Avenues and Avenues Plus, Connecting Woodside, Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Cycling Village and the city ways.”

Nicola Sturgeon has been approached for comment.