Renfrewshire Council

Temporary cycle routes

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About the temporary cycling routes

Cycling and wheeling is so important for our health and wellbeing and good for the environment too. Through funding from Spaces for People we are introducing temporary cycling routes at key commuter points across Renfrewshire to help create additional space for physical distancing while restrictions remain in place during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The routes we have chosen will help people to cycle for essential journeys to and from work and school, for exercise and to visit shops and businesses and spend local.

Because of their purpose, we are creating each route more quickly than we normally would, but we are working hard to engage with residents, businesses, communities and schools on each route to shape their development and once in place, we will continue to monitor them and consider community feedback to make adjustments and improvements wherever possible.

Over the summer we identified possible locations and asked local people for their feedback which helped us to make adjustments and add an additional route. We are now introducing routes on a phased basis, starting with Bridge of Weir to Houston and Howwood to Paisley, sharing the developed designs with residents, businesses, schools and community groups on each route and considering any further measures to shape their success.

Take a look at the routes online here: Spaces for People - Temporary Cycle routes or use the attached pdfs.

While these are temporary measures, if they prove popular, we can look at more detailed discussion and statutory consultation to develop them into permanent cycling routes.


Bridge of Weir to Houston

This route creates a safe cycling option between the villages of Bridge of Weir and Houston and is being introduced following a request from Houston Community Council, complementing a route they are developing.

It's a 10-minute cycle along Houston Road, starting at the junction with Kilmacolm Road, where the existing footway will be converted into a shared use route for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists join the road at the junction with Warlock Road where cycling will be marked on both sides of the road, this section of road adapted to decrease traffic speeds and create priority for road users travelling to Houston.

From the junction with Freeland Drive, the route becomes a two-way pop-up cycle lane on the north side of the road, segregated from the road by bollards. As you leave Bridge of Weir, the route moves onto the existing pavement which is being resurfaced and adapted into a shared use route for pedestrians and cyclists.

As you arrive in Houston, the route moves onto Old Bridge of Weir Road, with a new crossing point to finish outside Gryffe High School.

See this online here - Bridge of Weir to Houston.

Route feedback

A public survey in December 2020 gathered your views to ensure the route will be safe and beneficial for the local area, together with a webinar and written submissions. Our project team is now considering the feedback before finalising the plans.

Howwood to Paisley

This 35-minute, 10km cycle connects the village of Howwood and Paisley town centre. Starting on Midton Road, Howwood, close to the junction with Bowfield Road, cyclists travel along a scenic stretch with painted bicycle markings on the road, passing Howwood Park and St Anthony's Primary School and connecting onto Beith Road via Linnet Avenue, Martlet Drive and Hallhill Road.

On Beith Road, the route is initially a shared path signposted for cyclists and pedestrians before becoming a two-way cycle track near Cochrane Castle Primary School, the route segregated from road traffic with bollards.

The cycle route continues passed Johnstone Train Station and onto Main Road, Elderslie, becoming segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road between Beith Road and Glenpatrick Road. It then connects onto National Cycle Route 7 via a new zebra crossing just before Elderslie Golf Club, the route continuing to Paisley Canal train station on the existing traffic free route.

See this online here: Howwood to Paisley

Route feedback

Your feedback shaped the route design, starting on Midton Road rather than Beith Road and now connecting to the national cycle route. Parking and access for businesses and resident driveways is maintained at all points on the road, with parking only removed on a section on the north side of Main Road, Elderslie, where there are no properties. We are writing to residents on the route, providing a letter to schools for parents and carers and visiting local businesses to share the route details. We also held a public webinar in December 2020 and our project team is considering all the feedback before finalising the plans.

Contact us

You can contact us about the Spaces for People temporary cycling routes by email to: Environment and Infrastructure or write to us at: Environment and Infrastructure, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1BR.

Before work to install a route starts, we will publish in advance the information on this web page, post letters to local residents, provide a letter to local schools for parents and carers and visit business owners on each route.

Next steps

Once we have received feedback from all stakeholders and made any necessary adjustments, we aim to complete the installation of the temporary cycle routes in Spring 2021.

We will then look to engage on and implement further routes in other areas of Renfrewshire later in 2021.