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The end of the protected cycle track over the Erskine Bridge. The choice is going down the ramp to the main road below, or continuing through the former toll plaza to get to the same place via the slip-road and roundabout. But no dropped ke ... [more]

The cycle track and walkway on one side of the Erskine Bridge has been closed, but I didn't see any signage to that effect at the bottom of the ramp.

I'd conclude that Shilton Lane's status as a 'No Through Road' is the correct one.

The end of the overgrown section of Shilton Lane. The northern section is the access to various properties.

It's hard to believe that this is right alongside the M898 motorway. The most intense vegetation is just ahead, and includes nettles.

The middle section of Shilton Lane is somewhat overgrown. This could be replaced by a path.

The southern section of Shilton Lane is a track leading to various properties and a farm.

Is it really so bad to cycle on the footway of Old Greenock Road between Bishopton and Erskine? This couple appeared out of Shilton Lane just as I approached, giving me hope that it could be used as a through route.

The start of the cycle facilities at the Barrangary Roundabout on the A8 near Bishopton.

The end of the cycle facilities at the Barrangary Roundabout, and the merge back onto the A8 carriageway, heading towards Bishopton.

The A8 carriageway shut at the Barrangary Roundabout for various works. The roadworks on the Bishopton side were passable with care for pedestrians and cyclists.

The shared-use footway from Dargavel approaching the Barrangary Roundabout. The A8 currently doesn't have any cycle infrastructure on it in either direction from here. Although the sign says 'road on right closed', the road to the left w ... [more]

A shared-use footway along one side of Barrangary Road, connecting Dargavel to the A8.

A shared-use footway along one side of Barrangary Road. Strictly speaking, there shouldn't be 30mph signs here since the road has street lighting.

Forge Crescent meets Barrangary Road. You just have to know that the cycling provision is on the footway to the left and right, and to get onto it at the toucan crossing just beyond the Advance Stop Line.

The soggy path meets the road network but there is a concrete edging strip sticking up. Uncomfortable to cycle over, and a tripping hazard for walkers.

The path has no connection to Barrangary Road, but instead curves around and the first connection with the road network is at Forge Crescent.

A short path off from the main path to a cannon. This area used to be home to the Bishopton Royal Ordnance Factory.

After a brief piece of asphalt at the railway access point, the path reverts to a soggy soft surface for the unexpectedly steep climb.

A newly built soggy wet path alongside the railway in the southern part of Dargavel.

A soggy wet path to Bishopton station from the new housing development. All of the roads have asphalt or paved surfaces, so why this for the main path?

A soggy wet path from Bishopton station to southern Dargavel.

Clear access to the path to the southern part of Dargavel, but why does the asphalt not continue?

One of two sets of double-deck cycle parking stands at Bishopton station, this one in the car park on the southwest side of the line.

Bike lockers at Glasgow Intl Airport. Secure with own lock

Bike lockers at Glasgow Intl Airport. Secure with own lock

One of the traffic signals has been demolished so now people have to cross the busy A760 unaided.

These barriers on the NCN7/75 look brand new and contravene @sustrans guidance on access controls: https://t.co/fR4xOMAmRt https://t.co/fNQV15dMJi

Other than the barriers in #87543, a good job has been made of the replacement footbridge at Hillington.

Slalom at each end of ramps to new Hillington footbridge.

Think I interrupted a dance off between these bollards... https://t.co/mZ9zk2HLwA Similar in Cambridge see: #9156

Ramp down to cycle path at Paisley Canal station, but no dropped kerb on Causeyside Street.

An anti-cycling barrier in alleyway from Saucel Crescent, despite the continuous railing across the entrance on the road outside.

A segregated cycle lane at Saucel Street that doesn't connect up with the main road (behind camera).

Painted cycle lane that fades out, and is invaded by motorists.

Faded footway cycle route (which only goes around the corner and into the supermarket) starts without a dropped kerb, and faded on-road cycle lane.

Narrow lanes on Lonend and a sign with the destination of "National Cycle Route (7, 75)"

A piece of cycle lane that has survived.

Signs for cycle lanes on Bridge Street that were removed some time ago.

I'm not sure this should be like this!

Signed cycle route to Renfrewshire House, but it doesn't take the most direct route (see #79948).

Signed cycle route between Renfrewshire House and NCN7, crossing Causeyside Street.

Signed cycle route between Renfrewshire House and NCN7, via a cobbled back street.

The pedestrianised High Street in Paisley, which certain politicians seem intent on abolishing.

Route sign for cycling, at a mandatory right turn. The light on the mandatory turn sign isn't facing the right way, while above the light there appears to be some other equipment taped on. Across the road, a van is parked on the footway.

A 'Watch Your Speed' sign in a pedestrian precinct, where there are already speed humps!

Route sign in Gilmour Street. Just need to get around the railings on the footway.

Rather than continue the short distance to connect up with the cycle path from Lochwinnoch station to the village, the roundabout-avoiding cycle path just gives up with a dropped kerb and a lit 'End of Route' sign. The footway gets so narro ... [more]

Poor quality roundabout-avoiding facility on the A737 at Roadhead Roundabout.

Riverfront walkway in Erskine, looking towards Clydebank.

Some random cycle parking in Erskine.

No horse riding!

The path alongside the roadway continues through to Irvine Drive.

Cycle parking at the On-X leisure centre in Linwood. Only a single scooter present today. Access at this end appears to be across the grass. Only the other end has asphalt.

This gate fully blocks the carriageway and no by-pass has been created to allow cycles into the grounds of the leisure centre, expecting all vehicular visitors to use the other gate further down the road.

Faded painted cycle lanes on Ferguslie Park Avenue. There's parked cars in them further around.

A ramp and steps up to the Greenock Road toucan crossing.

Ramp up to toucan crossing across Greenock Road. This appeared to be the last route sign before reaching the edge of Linwood.

Ridiculously small route sign hidden behind planters at entrance to playing fields.

The only sign that indicates that the cycle route is on the footway, and these two didn't realise that the route went straight on here rather than following the road around the bend.

This shared-use footway is far too narrow, but space on road wasted with hatching! No dropped kerb for crossing side street either.

This appears to be the point where cyclists should join the footway, but there are cars obstructing it, as well as the painted cycle lanes.

The kerbside painted cycle lanes on Russell Street are totally obstructed by parked cars.

Faded painted cycle lane on residential street, with an even more faded Disabled parking bay in the middle.

Route sign for Glasgow Airport facing the wrong way.

The replacement for the damaged Hillington Footbridge is still not in place. It's meant to be opening this month! http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/m8-hillington-footbridge-replacement UPDATE: This timelapse sequence shows t ... [more]

6 bikes at Bishopton station last night. None of them mine. A record! http://t.co/6Caj0DP1jW

Beautiful example of filtered permeability in Erskine. Road connects river path to local supermarket. http://t.co/KEiQTygoyG

This is a new road (2013) leading to the entrance of the new Dargavel housing estate. Unfortunately, only a shared use pavement has been provided.

This is a new (built around 2013) roundabout. There's some completely useless cycling infra around it. Here, the cycle path ends and people cycling must merge back onto the main road (40mph limit).

This is a new (built around 2013) roundabout. There's some completely useless cycling infra around it. Here, the cycle path turns into shared use.

This is a new (built around 2013) roundabout. There's some completely useless cycling infra around it. Here, cyclists are taken off the road to avoid the roundabout.

Lifting bikes over a locked gate on Core Path LIN/9. The gap at the side was only wide enough for slim pedestrians.

A route sign on the signed path from Glasgow Airport to Inchinnan Business Park

The cycle path goes off towards a very overgrown path to Glasgow Airport with no dropped kerb or easy way to rejoin the A726 to St James' Interchange.

There presumably should be a route sign on this post for the Glasgow Airport to Inchinnan Business Park route.

I'm sure whoever put the sign up had a good laugh at work that day.

Pretty sure this was never suitable for a cycle path.

More of the high quality infrastructure linking the Inchinnan Business Park and Glasgow Airport.

Shared use path on the right. Notice the small 'cycle path' on the left, presumably so cyclists can join the shared use path. Unfortunately there's no dropped kerb on the shared use path and the location is just at a bend on a 40mph roa ... [more]

This is the marked cycle route from Inchinnan Business Park to Glasgow Airport. The Shared Use path has no marked priority over a side road, with a 'cyclists dismount' sign used.

Cyclists Dismount sign as the cycle path through Glasgow Airport gives up.

Sign facing the wrong direction (the 'cycle facility at the roundabout is itself inadequate). Part of the so-called Airport Cycle Route at Glasgow Airport.

Absolutely useless sign at Glasgow Airport

This appears to be part of the route from the Inchinnan Swing Bridge to Porterfield Road. There are a few different paths, none of which is properly signed, none of which is of any quality.

Poor to start with, absolutely awful with no maintenance. This is on the marked cycle/pedestrian route from the Inchinnan Swing Bridge to Porterfield Road (Renfrew)

Just to prove that the photos taken along this road are actually on a cycling route.

Pointless barriers, no maintenance, no social safety. On a marked route between Porterfield Road and the Inchinnan Swing Bridge.

Poor sightlines, narrow and twisted route around traffic signal pole, and being told to dismount. Cheap and nasty cycle route in Paisley.

A shared-use footway in Paisley, complete with sign posts

The cycleway alongside Ben Nevis Road, and the gate into the park beyond, on NCN7 and NCN75

Inadequate cycle parking at country park visitors centre cafe.

This used to be a straight across toucan crossing. Now it's an obstacle course over a split toucan at the side of the supermarket road junction.

One of Renfrewshire's beautiful cycle paths. Designed to be used to cross the road and onto the shared use path which begins on the other side. Awful surface and full of litter.

Cyclists are directed off the carriageway onto a shared-use segregated footway to go around the roundabout

No need to 'Beware of cycles' on the left arm of the roundabout, which cyclists are directed to cross at #52889

Pinchpoint on Glasgow Airport cycle route

'Traffic calmed area' - Really? In what way? This must be a very important sign, since it has been provided with a light!

I was about to categorise this as 'good practice' but then noticed the sign appears to show that the 'Airport Cycle Route' goes straight on while NCR (National Cash Register?), Town Centre and Railway Station are to the left.

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