First Glasgow hosted Patrick Harvie MSP to discuss how bus and cyclists can share road spaces safely
Local bus operator First Glasgow played host to Patrick Harvie MSP last week to discuss the importance of public transport and how bus and cyclists can share the road spaces safely.
The Co-convener of the Scottish Greens accepted an invitation from First Glasgow Operations Director, Duncan Cameron, to visit the Caledonia depot and take a look for himself at the high standards of driving training given to staff around buses and cyclists on the road.
Mr Harvie was given a warm welcome before engaging with the senior team in meaningful discussions on bus operations in the city as well as the need for enhanced public transport priority measures before discussing in more detail about how bus and cyclists can share routes in and around the Glasgow network safely.
Mr Harvie was then given an informative presentation by the depot training school examiner, Linda McNeish on how bus drivers are educated on cyclist awareness via the bikeability programme whilst training for their PCV licence.
A brief depot tour and cyclist safety demonstration followed to end the visit, which included a chance for Mr Harvie to experience the visibility from the driver’s cab of a bus.
Duncan Cameron, Operations Director for First Glasgow, said: “We were delighted to host Mr Harvie at the depot last week. I appreciate him taking the time to come down and see for himself the process we go through to ensure cyclist awareness is at the forefront of the minds of our drivers whilst operating in and around the city. It is always a pleasure to talk to someone who is a big supporter of public transport and I enjoyed a meaningful discussion with Mr Harvie on the future of public transport in the city.”
Patrick Harvie MSP said: “As both a cyclist and a bus user, I was grateful for the chance to learn about First’s driver training. It’s vital that people feel safe cycling on roads that are also used by buses, cars and lorries.
“The Scottish Greens continue to lead calls for safer streets with separate cycle routes and we’ll introduce a Bill to Parliament this year which will seek to make 20mph the mandatory speed limit in residential areas. We’re also committed to improved public transport and to giving bus users a voice through our Better Buses campaign.”