CYCLE lanes across Glasgow are to be extended in a major programme of work.

Segregated cycle lanes have already been put in place in routes in and out of the city centre to the north, south, east and west.

The city council is now engaged in plans to extend key routes to create a joined-up network across Glasgow.

The bike lanes have been welcomed by cyclists, environmental campaigners and others who argue better infrastructure is needed to make cycling safer and encourage more people out of their cars.

Others including many motorists and local businesses along the routes have complained about longer traffic queues and disruption during the works.

There are plans to connect the Woodside route along Garscube Road to Sauchiehall Street at Charing Cross via a new route along a redesigned St Georges Road.

The council said it has been “fully consulted on with local residents and businesses”.

Work is ongoing in Byres Road creating an active travel route from University Avenue southwards to Dumbarton Road, due to finish in August.

The next phase is planned for the north of the road from University Avenue to Great Western Road, with work to start in early 2025.

The East City Way along London Road will be extended to a full 7km from the city centre to the Glasgow Boundary at Mount Vernon, extended beyond, the current section at Bridgeton Cross the Emirates and Celtic Park.

The South City Way will be extended with an Outer Network with improvements and redesigns at junctions along Nithsdale Road, Nithsdale Street, Nithsdale Drive, Alison Street and Calder Street between Victoria Road and Bellahouston Park.

Also on the South City Way, an extension is planned from the Langside Road / Queens Park Street junction to the termination of Battlefield Road at Cathcart Road with significant public realm improvements to Battlefield Rest.

Other projects include redesign work on junctions around Kelvingrove at Radnor Street and Haugh Road.

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Surveys are also being prepared for work to create cycling infrastructure on Saracen Street in Possilpark and work to create safer streets for pedestrians.

The overall plan is to create 167miles of segregated cycle infrastructure by 2030 in five phases.

Phase one will deliver 53m.

Councillor Angus Millar, City Convener for Transport, said: “It is clear 2024 is going to be a big year for active travel in Glasgow.

“An extensive programme of infrastructure projects has been put together and these will be delivered at pace across the city throughout the year.

“There was great progress last year with South City Way reaching the city centre and the extension to East City Way.

“2024 will see another significant leap forward in Glasgow’s active travel provision.

“The 12 projects that will either start or be completed this year will make sure an increasing number of places in the city are accessible by safer, segregated infrastructure.

“These projects will connect with Glasgow’s existing infrastructure and that will support the aim of active travel becoming a more realistic choice for everyday journeys."