Baird’s Brae Cycle Path

£235,000 of investment is connecting North Glasgow communities with the city centre, via the Forth & Clyde Canal and a new cycle route.

Scottish Canals and its partners at Sustrans and Glasgow City Council have worked to create a new cycle way along Baird’s Brae, connecting Applecross Basin on the north side of the Forth & Clyde Canal with Garscube Road and Glasgow city centre.

Upgraded as part of a wider project to improve the towpaths of Scotland’s canals, the route provides safe, off-road travel for walkers and cyclists of any age or ability, with additional lighting and signage due to be completed in 2017.

The new cycle route has created a gateway to North Glasgow, promoting access and connections between the city centre and Southside communities. The route encourages access to the knowledge-based industries on the north side of the city centre and to the growing cluster of cultural industries – most notably the creative hub at Speirs Wharf and Port Dundas.


Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel.

Sustrans is a national sustainable transport charity that works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations to enable people to travel by foot, bicycle or public transport for more of their everyday journeys. Their National Cycle Network extends to 14000 miles of cycle routes across the UK, 2100 miles of which are in Scotland. See for more information.

The Community Links Programme is one of Sustrans Scotland’s grant schemes. The charity administers the funding on behalf of Transport Scotland. Funding from the Community Links Programme is used for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. The implementation of this programme is essential in order to achieve the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland: by 2020, 10% of everyday journeys in Scotland will be by bike.