More than one million journeys have been made on the main cycleways in Glasgow in the last year according to new figures.

The five routes which connect to the city centre have seen tens of thousands more trips by bike.

The South City Way, which includes Victoria Road, was the most popular with 504,873 trips recorded, an increase of 18% from the year before.

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The South West City Way, through Kinning Park, registered 214,779 trips, showing a bigger increase, of 36%.

The West City Way, via Kelvingrove Park and Anderston, had the biggest increase, of 40%, with 154,992 trips and the East City Way recorded 20,914, similar to the year before with just a 1% rise.

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The Connecting Woodside lanes also showed more people using the new lanes with 280,163 trips up by 22%.

Angus Millar, City Convener for Transport, said: “Supporting active travel to be a viable option for everyday journeys is right at the heart of our transport plans. It is very encouraging that people are responding positively with wide support for our efforts to roll out safe active travel infrastructure across Glasgow.

“Where we have installed safer, segregated cycling infrastructure we have seen a substantial growth in cycling with a near 30% rise in use of our five City Ways last year alone.

“That amounts to almost 1.2million bike journeys along the City Ways in 2023 and I am confident we will see this number grow again in 2024 as we push ahead with work on new lanes around the city.”

The councillor said the investment will lead to more people cycling and using bike lanes

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He added: “People want a better environment for walking, wheeling and cycling on city streets and in their neighbourhoods.”

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Deborah Paton, Head of Transport planning at the council revealed some of the planned works.

The key projects include an extension to the Woodside scheme with a new 1km cycle lane on St George’s Road, stretching from Garscube Road to Charing Cross linking with the Sauchiehall Street lane.

Other plans include at Battlefield and junction redesign at Yorkhill and Kelvingrove.

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Ms Paton said the plan for the city centre is for a “people first zone”.

She said: It feels dominated by vehicles” and added the council was “looking at how we can reduce through traffic, while supporting resident access and business and the exonomy”.

Councillor Millar and Ms Paton spoke at the Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index report launch.