Mum-of-three Anna Richardson goes by bike to the chambers in George Square from the southside and has been travelling to COP26 events on two wheels.
Councillor Richardson, who is the council’s convenor for sustainability and carbon reduction, recently announced the city will get 270 kilometres of walking and cycling routes by 2030.
The Langside politician said: “I absolutely love cycling and using it as a mode of transport. It feels relaxing and safe to cycle along the South City Way and Broomielaw. But it frightens me sometimes among traffic. During the day I can cut through parks. But at nightfall I will go down a busy road rather than go through a park on my own.”
She said the new cycling routes coming to the city will follow the road network – and as a result will be well lit.
Councillor Richardson who has a hybrid Pinnacle bike added: “A large population of people would like to cycle in Glasgow but they don’t feel safe due to vehicles.”
The upcoming £470 million infrastructure would ensure all Glasgow residents will live no more than 800 metres from a safe cycle path.
It means people would be able to cycle to most of the city within half an hour.
But getting people to pedal their way around will be a battle as it requires a change in culture.
For example, research shows 76 per cent of women don’t cycle currently.Data showing how many people rented bikes in the city as part of a public hire scheme found at least 36 per cent were women and 55 per cent male.
However lockdown demonstrated when the traffic disappears many more residents are keen to get on their bikes.
The SNP’s Richardson said: “In lockdown people bought bikes and went out. “They actually did it when the traffic was taken away.”
Encouraging people to try it more, she recommended opting for quiet routes first to help build confidence.
Councillor Richardson continued: “It is a fantastic way to move around, a great way of getting exercise and is good for the climate and air quality.”