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A sign for a cycle route to Lanark, but without a destination. There is no longer a corresponding sign on the other side of the road, just signage for NCN74.

There are a lot of construction markings on the eastern side at Happendon Services. Will the cycle route actually benefit from an upgraded facility or will there just be sliproads to cross?

The cycle route through and beyond the motorway junction is a shared footway. There is a lot of dirt from the carriageway affecting the cycleway.

Compared to the shared footway on other side of the road, the end of the purpose built cycleway looks over-engineered. It could also do with a sweep.

Since the NCN74 cycleway is separated from the road by a decent sized verge, there is no question of roadsigns blocking the cycleway.

NCN74 alongside the B7078 (the old A74) where the former dual carriageway has been converted into a single carriageway road and a decent cycleway.

There's a 'give way' at each field access, but there's little chance you'll actually need to give way to anything. The new kerbs appear to be stuck onto the carriageway and have come adrift in some places.

After a rubbish detour around Lesmahagow, the cycle route becomes rather good again! The former dual carriageway has been converted into a single carriageway road and a decent cycle path.

The cycle route south of Blackwood starts off as a shared footway, but then it changes into a proper cycleway.

The shared footway to the north of Blackwood is fairly narrow, right next to the carriageway, and ends pretty much as soon as it's past the 30mph signs. So roadies don't use it and it would be difficult to pass someone coming the other way ... [more]

Lots of destinations in Stonehouse, but the sign for Larkhall shouldn't have brackets around '74' since it is actually on route 74.

We could improve this cycle track? Or... https://t.co/Cilq1HPdIR

A shelter with stands replacing the lockers in #25343 at Rutherglen station.

The contraflow on the footway isn't even widened where the road is mostly marked "Keep Clear". Plus the (74) signs keep popping up.

The contraflow facility in King Street is provided by permitting cycling on the existing footway.

King Street's cycle lane doubles as an overtaking lane when there are parked cars about. A contraflow has been provided on the one-way section by permitting cycling on the existing footway.

Users of this cycle lane need to look out for oncoming motorists overtaking parked cars.

Steps between Motherwell Road and the Avon Walkway, with wheeling ramp.

NCN74 signs mix with (74) signs. NCN74 and the route signed as (74) both ways cross the A724 here, then take different routes to Hamilton. Surely it would be better to give (74) a proper route number like NCN741?

"This project has been delivered with support from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Sustrans to encourage walking and cycling. Active travel benefits your health and the environment." The only other person I saw on a bike on thi ... [more]

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway, with no widening at bus stops, just markings.

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway, including a couple of toucan crossings across the A724. It has also been signed with (74) signs even ... [more]

NCN74 crosses the entrance to a busy supermarket, which, being some distance from much local housing, is accessed mostly by car.

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway.

NCN74 screened from the A725 East Kilbride expressway.

A large route sign on a single round pole, facing the wrong way.

A ludicrous arrangement at the bus stop on Main St. Not just the conflict caused by directing cyclists through the bus stop waiting area on the footway, but the raised kerb and drain cover at the start of the cycle lane! See also #89204.

After the bus stop, the cycle lane resumes on the road.

A crazy arrangement for cycling on the footway through the bus stop. And watch out for the kerb when joining the cycle lane ahead - only the left side is dropped. See also #89206.

Cyclists are expected to cycle on the footway past a blind corner and then through the bus stop waiting area.

A busy shared-use footway outside Cambuslang station.

The Territorial Army Centre sign has been moved from the right to the left side of the shared-use footway. The cycle lane on the road leaves the adjacent lane too narrow for the traffic using it. No mention that the 74 route turns left at t ... [more]

I guess it's a cycleway.

South Lanarkshire Council's interpretation of a bus stop bypass, with no continuous footway so all pedestrians expected to walk via the bus stop island. The bus stop itself is in a layby so buses may get delayed waiting to leave.

The cycle lane ends and cyclists directed onto the footway. This sign has (74) rather than the 74 used on other signs nearby. Note also the crayon bike symbol on the carriageway.

South Lanarkshire Council's interpretation of a bus stop bypass, with no continuous footway so all pedestrians expected to walk via the bus stop island. The bus stop itself is in a layby so buses may get delayed waiting to leave.

The cycle lane can only be accessed by going across the footway, but watch out for the raised kerb at the end. Only the kerb at the footway side is dropped. (See also #88922)

So I think you are meant to just cycle over the footway to get to the cycle lane, but watch that kerb! (See also #88923)

I don't know what the designer thought would happen here.

No real attempt to allow bike access to housing estate via path from main road, and quite narrow cycle lanes for a 40mph road.

Onto the footway at the roundabout at Drumsagard. South Lanarkshire Council has signed the A724 as NCN74, even though the Sustrans NCN74 goes to Uddingston to join NCN75.

Nothing special at these bus stops.

Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway, at right angles!

This traffic island has a cage.

The cycleway around the roundabout at Drumsagard, where the traffic island isn't even big enough for the Give Way triangle!

The cycleway around the roundabout at Drumsagard.

Back onto the footway for the roundabout.

Each of the entrances to Halfway Park has barriers across it and no dropped kerb, making it difficult for people on bikes to visit. Also, another sign for local primary schools, and car parking in the cycle lane.

A door-zone cycle lane past a layby, and if you get hit, there's nowhere for passing motorists to swerve to avoid hitting you.

The stop-start cycle lane starts again under the parked car at the right of the picture.

Continuous cycle lanes past sideroad and traffic island.

Just when the road gets to a narrow bit on a slight climb, the cycle lane stops briefly.

Site visit at NCN 74 segregated route between Lesmahagow and Happendon with the @SustransScot team #walking #cycling https://t.co/5A9NlSeOtW

"shared" path, South Lanarkshire-style #yesitsaBMW https://t.co/SBgShqB8iS

Route sign for NCN75 on Bridge Street. Of the two signs pointing up Bridge Street, one is for route 74 and the other for (74). Despite this being a signed turning, and there being on-road cycle lanes, the only dropped kerb is beyond the ... [more]

The route sign here says NCN74 turns left down Bridge Street, but there is another sign further down Bridge Street that refers to route (74) meaning that the road leads to route 74 and isn't itself route 74. There are other signs for 74 fur ... [more]

So has the cycle route suddenly gone back onto the road? Without warning (or space) a cycle lane appears in the road, carefully painting around a pothole, and does the straight ahead arrow mean the route is going straight on at the junction ... [more]

A sign for motorists blocking the shared use footway. There is no indication as to what way the cycle route takes at the junction ahead.

While other parts of the country are starting to build bus stop bypasses, South Lanarkshire has come up with this. A triangular area marked as a bus stop, then the cycle lane transfers onto the footway, and the bus stop pole is just beyond ... [more]

Is the designer of this facility designing for triangular cars in the parking bay? Cycle lane in the doorzone.

Just as suddenly as when it started (in #70539) the cycle lane jumps back to the kerbside, just in time for some car parking.

After the bus stop the cycle lane suddenly jumps from the kerbside to the middle of the carriageway, and motorists are just driving in it.

Intermittent cycle lanes and car parking. Plus central hatching showing how much space is available to waste.

Hardly an 8-80 type of environment on NCN74 on the A724. Paint with no consideration for creating space for cycling.

Plenty of room to do something offering a little more protection.

The instruction is clear that the route transfers from the footway to the carriageway at the junction ahead, but drivers are driving their vehicles like the cycle lane beyond the junction isn't there.

Apparently the cycle route has joined the (totally normal looking) footway. Possibly back at the roundabout where there is a dropped kerb.

The cycle route joins the A724, at a signalised roundabout. An Advance Stop Line has been provided, nothing else. From the signs further along the road, it appears cyclists are meant to join the footway at the far side of this junction ( ... [more]

The route signs for the turn from Hamilton Road into Main Street appear to be facing the wrong way. There is no sign for the left turn into Hamilton Road, and instead a sign facing cyclists coming from Rutherglen that is sending them back t ... [more]

Hamilton Road appears to be quite a busy rat-run, and traffic calming has been provided by means of chicanes. Advisory cycle lanes have been painted in one direction through these chicanes. This appears to encourage motorists to overtake cy ... [more]

An advisory cycle lane painted around one side of a traffic-calming chicane. Is this to encourage motorists to overtake cyclists in the chicane? A wider view of this location is at #70529.

The traffic calming on Hamilton Road is by means of chicanes. Cycle lanes have been painted in one direction through these chicanes.

Some of the cycle lanes on Reid Street were painted, then scorched off and then repainted narrower, before being coloured red. But with the kerbside and footway parking, an utter waste of time and money!

Short lengths of cycle lane have been painted on Reid Street. A complete waste of time and money! No attempt made to tackle the footway parking, and now there is cycle lane parking too.

The painted cycle lanes on King Street lead straight into the kerbside car parking in Caledonia Avenue.

On-road cycle lanes on King Street, with the westbound side being in the doorzone of a parking lay-by outside Royal Burgh House.

Back onto the carriageway for the final section of King Street.

A very narrow town centre footway that has been made shared use due to this part of King Street being one-way!

This footway has been made shared use, even though it is so narrow!

The central cycle lane heads through the No Entry signs before turning onto the footway. Would it not have been better to move the Give Way line back and allow cyclists onto the footway with the protection of the buildout rather than cyclin ... [more]

A cycle lane in the middle of the (two-way) road approaching the one-way section of King Street!

An unusual route sign with the arrow at the top rather than to the side, on King Street.

The junction of NCN74 on King Street and NCN756 on the shared footway of Glasgow Road (see also #70517). Users are expected to bump a kerb and pass a No Entry sign.

Signs at the junction of NCN756 on the shared footway of Glasgow Road, and NCN74 on King Street (see also #70518).

Cars parked on the verge of the cycle path at the mausoleum.

Road closure with bikes allowed through. The bollards are a little close together, but they are arranged diagonally to make it slightly easier to get through. There are rumble strips across the cycleway here, presumably due to the falling g ... [more]

The usual Give Way markings at every entranceway.

Split toucan crossing across Bothwell Road, part of NCN74.

The shared-use footway going into Larkhall. Almost all the passing motor vehicles were lighting up the speed sign, mostly in the 30-40mph range.

NCN74 - barriers at side road crossing This must be the most pointless NCN infrastructure anywhere.

NCN74 alongside B7078, with M74 motorway seen in the distance

Entry sign to Scotland on cycle route 7

National cycle route 74

The reason for the sign in #38930, the narrow and muddy path under Strathclyde Bridge, where no attempt has been made to improve the path

A rather pathetic sign, really - see #38931

Steps up to Motherwell Road, with wheeling ramp

Steps up to Motherwell Road, with wheeling ramp

Route sign on Avon Water path

Cyclists Dismount signs at bridge over Avon Water

Access control on path in Chatelherault Country Park

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