Victoria Road was a street I had been trying to do for Streets of Glasgow for ages. Luckily I was in the area, visiting Queen’s Park, a bookshop and also doing last week’s Sinclair Drive walk. I turned onto it and almost immediately a white convertible Merc drove past me, Bhangra music blaring from it. Not at all a bad thing. It’s better than techno. It was a warm night and the street was busy with people, in and out of shops, driving, walking. A fair few of the shops were still open even after 6pm on a public holiday. Victoria Road runs through Govanhill, leading towards the city centre, and its diverse population reflects not only in the shops lining the street, the people around, but also in the art on the lampposts, flags and elaborate, possibly embroidered banners. Only in Glasgow could I see the legend ‘Christ Died For Our Sins’ and a bank bearing a rainbow flag logo side by side.
At the southern end, the Queen’s Park gates dominated, a cycle lane lining the road for most of the way as part of the South City Way project to encourage cycling and walking in the city. As I looked back, for most of the way, I could still see right down to the park and the many people out in it enjoying the sunshine. The street was mostly lined with handsome golden buildings, some with black tower tops. Further on, the old First bus garage had been levelled and lined up for redevelopment. Houses will soon follow but in the meantime there was a decent view far across the city.
I soon reached the point where Victoria Road meets Pollokshaws Road and Eglinton Street and the walk was done, glad to have finally covered an important street in the city, especially in the sunshine.
Thanks for reading. This is the sixty fourth Streets of Glasgow post here on Walking Talking. Other nearby streets covered in this series so far include Cathcart Road, Gorbals Street, Cumberland Street, Sinclair Drive and Battlefield Road.