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BID for safer junctions legacy launched by tragic cyclist’s workmates

Publication: ReGlasgow

In memory of the architecture student Emma Burke Newman, who tragically died while cycling from home in Glasgow, her colleagues, family and friends are taking time to make people think about cities differently.

A bike left as a memorial at the scene of the tragedy at Broomielaw|| Licensed for use on Scottish Beacon | All rights reserved

Urban design colleagues of a young woman who was killed in a cycling crash have started a campaign to make several Glasgow City Centre traffic junctions safer.

Staff at New Practice want to hear from people who use the intersections before they submit proposals for improvements to the city council.

Emma Burke Newman (22) died after a collision with a lorry on Broomielaw at King George V Bridge in January. She was an architecture student at Glasgow School of Art and a designer at New Practice.

The junction where she died is one of the locations now being looked at by New Practice, along with Clyde Street at Gorbals Street and Clyde Street at Saltmarket.

The New Practice team state on its website:

“[Emma] was a brilliant young woman and is sorely missed by us all at New Practice. She was also a confident and committed cyclist used to the challenges of urban cycling and found joy in the freedom a bike offers.

As a team we have been finding our wheels again and continue to be committed to making our cities safer places for walking, biking and wheeling through the projects we work on and outside of our professional lives.”

They continue:

“Through our daily experiences of commuting from the Southside to the City Centre, we have identified three junctions which provide a particular challenge: the Casino, the Clutha, and the Court at Glasgow Green.

“These junctions are our focus of study as they feel like incidents-waiting-to-happen, and one is the site of Emma’s death.

“We have shed tears at these junctions and we have felt other’s rage, our own frustrations, and some of us avoid them to feel safer on our way to work.

“As urban designers we understand that sensible compromise is a core requirement of making urban infrastructure, and we seek to find solutions that respond to actual use where this differs from the design.”

More information on the campaign webpage.

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by Hani Barghouthi, Public Interest News Foundation