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The path alongside the A8 dual carriageway is closed from here to Shawhead due to subsidence. But no diversion is signed and there is no indication at the previous junction that this path is therefore a dead-end. See also #99662.

"Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway" but no dropped kerb to enable that. Pathetic!

I was reading the other day that David Hembrow likes cycle paths constructed out of concrete for their smoothness. He won't like this one however, because even without all the stones and muck it is still extremely bumpy! The shared footw ... [more]

If you can't read the sign next to the bridge, and don't know which side of this barrier to pass, no worries - it's pointing the wrong way anyway! See also #97669 and #99654.

The path to Eurocentral has still to open (due to subsidence, see #97667) but no diversion has been signed.

A shared-use sign on Kirkshaws Road. I did check and there was no evidence as to whether the shared-use footway continued further or where it might end.

A route sign pointing in an ambiguous direction, and no clue as to how one should rejoin the carriageway. All of the crossings are for pedestrians only. The shared-use footway does continue around the corner to the left into Kirkshaws Road.

The shared-use footway alongside the A725 into Coatbridge, with some users.

The shared-use path shares the bridge over the A8 dual carriageway with the A725.

Signs at the junction of bridges over the massive Shawhead road junction. You'll know where you're going if coming from Eurocentral? The route to/from Eurocentral is shut just now in any case, with no signed diversion.

Bridges across the massive Shawhead road junction.

If you are coming from Bellshill, this is the first sign to say this footway is shared-use.

If you want to go south to Bellshill you must first go north to go around the end of this barrier. And if you're coming south you need to pick a side and hope you've picked the right side when you get to the direction sign in #99653. See al ... [more]

Two of these signs are pointing in the wrong direction. With non-logical routes involving multiple turns for destinations served by direct roads, it's important that signs can't be turned around. The signs on the M8 motorway in the backgrou ... [more]

No access to the bridge over the A725 coming from the south, although there is plenty of room for a ramp.

Unlike all the other bridges nearby, this bridge over the North Calder Water has a bumpy transition at each end, which since it is on a downhill section towards Strathclyde Business Park could cause someone to lose control of their bike if ... [more]

The unmade path from Cardowan to Cardowan Moss. This could be improved.

A rough track from Cardowan to Cardowan Moss.

Town Centre or Carlisle? I'd have thought Airdrie would have been a more relevant potential destination than Carlisle.

The path through the Luggiebank Wood Wildlife Reserve passes under Stirling Road.

A paint mark possibly for some sort of forthcoming work on the path through the Luggiebank Wood Wildlife Reserve.

A barrier and kissing gate across the path in the Luggiebank Wood Wildlife Reserve.

A barrier and kissing gate across the path in the Luggiebank Wood Wildlife Reserve.

A path junction in the Greenfaulds area of Cumbernauld.

The path past Woodlands Primary School in Greenfaulds.

Paths in Greenfaulds.

Cycle lanes on Greenfaulds Road, and the typical junction layout in many parts of Cumbernauld.

Car parking at the entrance to the Monkland Canal towpath. One more and access to the kissing gate (beyond car) becomes very tricky.

Road crossing at Paddock Street on the alignment of the Monkland Canal.

A couple more barriers across the canal towpath.

A couple of barriers across the canal towpath.

Same as last time then. See #65221.

A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign at a pedestrian crossing? Why hasn't a toucan crossing been installed here?

No option for taking a shortcut down the embankment. Pedestrians have to walk this unnecessary distance too!

If the route to Bellshill and Coatbridge is so important, why does the shared-use footway alongside the A725 basically peter out at the top of Bogs Brae?

So tell me again why there isn't a ramp from the far side of this bridge directly towards Strathclyde Country Park to the right?

The most indirect route possible has been chosen for the cycle route between Bothwell and Strathclyde Country Park through the Raith Interchange.

@andy_fab @BritishSigns @ShowMeASignBlog Today's position. At least the Coatbridge sign (hidden) is now pointing the right way [The others are pointing the wrong way. Strathclyde Business Park also needs added to the Uddingston sign, which ... [more]

@andy_fab Here is the path at Shawhead which heads towards Eurocentral, affected by landslip This is the only unopened section but it has been like this since about August last year. They fence it off and folk pull off the fences but not us ... [more]

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Monkland canal Coatbridge

Coatbridge

Monkland canal Coatbridge

Milepost Coatbridge

Monkland Canal

Monkland Canal

Gorse, Bedlormie Toll

Forth and Clyde Canal. Dullatur Moss

Milepost

Milepost

The new bridge over the A8 and M8 for Bredisholm Road is still not quite ready! Note that the sign on the left says it's a No Through Road, but the sign on the right gives destinations reachable via this road. Highly illogical! But no me ... [more]

An enforced sharp double-back to get to cross the new cycle bridge across the Raith Interchange roundabout coming from Strathclyde Country Park. Very poor design!

A new cycle bridge across the Raith Interchange roundabout, but you have to go under it and a distance up the road towards Bellshill because there isn't a ramp coming from Strathclyde Country Park.

A poor connection between the path around Strathclyde Loch and the exit from Strathclyde Park towards Bothwell.

The cycleway in Strathclyde Country Park, but this gets extremely busy with pedestrians on sunny days.

The roundabout between Loanhead Road and Glenmore Road has underpasses beneath it, as if it was planned to be part of some larger road scheme.

An underpass at the Glenmore Road/Loanhead Road roundabout, seen from the centre. Every other roundabout in the area seems to have some fancy design in the centre, but this one, where people can actually access the space in the centre, is j ... [more]

Underpasses at the Glenmore Road/Loanhead Road junction, looking into the centre from outside a gate at Brannock High School. Clearly this junction was planned to be part of something bigger than this.

The end of the cycling infrastructure at Carfin.

The end of the Ravenscraig cycleway and the provision at the A723/B7066 roundabout. Cyclists to merge onto the road, with sliplanes provided both sides. Hopefully this will be rectified when the road is dualled. A new footway/cycleway is pr ... [more]

The Ravenscraig cycleway joins the cycling provision at the A723/B7066 roundabout. There is no provision beyond the roundabout in any direction, so probably best to avoid the A723 northwards.

I don't think anyone will notice this repair...

The Ravenscraig cycleway at the northern crossing of Plantation Road, including provision for those going straight ahead and joining the carriageway.

The Ravenscraig cycleway passes a path across to Plantation Road.

The Ravenscraig cycleway crossing Plantation Road, with provision for anyone joining from the carriageway of Plantation Road. Note that cycleway markings haven't been reinstated after roadworks.

This is a good example of how a cycleway should start on a main road, rather than the usual dropped kerb, but the cycleway only goes around the roundabout and then is finished. There's not even a connection towards the new college (see #745 ... [more]

Airbles Road is a busy dual carriageway, hostile to cycling, and yet not even a shared footway, despite room to widen the existing footway along much of the road, and many footway connections to adjacent residential streets.

A toucan crossing outside Airbles station. It does not appear to connect to any actual cycle infrastructure.

Not particularly useful for cycling, since there is a flight of steps behind the camera, but Camp Road does provide a link between residential areas in Airbles.

An 'End of Route' sign when the route clearly continues along New Craig Road. The route from here northwards uses the correct flat-topped tactiles and not the corduroy ones used across the junction southwards.

The most people I saw all day on bikes.

The sign and artwork outside the Ravenscraig sports centre.

The Ravenscraig cycleway outside the sports centre. The entrance is at the far end of the path, then double back to get to the cycle parking.

The cycleway through Ravenscraig crosses the access road to the sports centre. Corduroy 'hazard' tactiles are used on this section, rather than the correct flat-topped 'cycleway' type, and placed so close to the crossing that people on bike ... [more]

The cycle route alongside Robberhall Road.

End of the line-segregated cycleway through Ravenscraig. Why doesn't it continue through to Craigneuk St?

Crossing of Robberhall Road, which is signed for Edinburgh, so rather more than just a local road. This side is signed here as shared-use, the opposite side is the start of the line-segregated path through the Ravenscraig site to Carfin.

No dropped kerb for access from the road at the start of the path from Eurocentral to Holytown.

The western branch of the path from Holytown to Eurocentral.

The path from Holytown to Eurocentral would be even better if the lampposts had been placed outside the width of the path. As it is they create an unnecessary narrowing at each post.

The path from Holytown to Eurocentral.

The start of the path from Holytown to Eurocentral, at the sports centre car park. I don't know what the bollard is supposed to achieve.

Crossing Main Street. I didn't bother trying to use the footway of the road to the sports centre on the far side of the road.

The cycle route from Holytown station slowly but surely edging nearer to Eurocentral.

"Give Cycle Space" - in this case the cycle space is through the Scotmid car park.

The shared use footway in Holytown just can't keep the same alignment for very long.

The Holytown shared footway crossing Windsor Road.

A box in the middle of the Holytown shared footway.

Shared footway in Holytown narrowed by works alongside.

Shared footway in Holytown.

Shared footway in Holytown.

The first obstruction on the Holytown to Eurocentral cycle route. A corner, post and phonebox combination.

The start of the cycle route from Holytown station to Eurocentral.

A new entrance ramp to Holytown station from Holm St, but since the footbridge still has steps, only useful for getting to the westbound platform. The eastbound platform has level access, but the nearest step-free crossing of the railway li ... [more]

Cycle parking at Holytown station. A bit close to the fence.

The road environment in Quarry St. Scope for extending the off-road provision in Holytown to the A723, and to join up with the Ravenscraig route.

Stepped footbridge over railway line. The nearest alternative is the A723.

Steps on the Clyde Walkway.

The path under the Clyde Bridge floods when the River Clyde is in spate. The pedestrian crossing referred to also requires crossing Airbles Road and the road into Strathclyde Park, both at uncontrolled crossings, since there is no pedestria ... [more]

A flight of steps on the Clyde Walkway on the left, and a path around the back of the houses to the right.

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