Lots to do at the Big Bike Fest, starting with the Big Debate on Saturday evening, ie tomorrow, 28 May, at Westerton Hall
82 Maxwell Avenue
G61 1NZ Bearsden, 7pm and then lots of activities during the week. The Fest is organised and sponsored by the Bike Station, East Dunbartonshire Council and Sustrans. Get yourself along and support cycling in Bearsden and Milngavie.
Clarification on the road crash reported in the previous post – here is the article: Bears Way Car Crash It happened on 21 January, ie almost 2 weeks ago, so it’s curious as to why the report wasn’t in last week’s paper. Could it be in now in response to the GoBike letter that was published last week?
GoBike’s ride this Sunday includes the Bears Way, A81 Cycle Route. The route has been the subject of lots of opposition from local motorists and numerous articles in the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald, including one on page 5 of today’s issue, reporting that a car driver drove into another car parked in a parking bay apparently because of the cycle way on the other side of the road! (For some reason the article does not appear on the website.)
Motorists in Bearsden and Milngavie have been vociferous in their opposition to the Bears Way A81 cycle scheme and it was agreed at this month’s GoBike! committee meeting that we would write to the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald in support of the scheme. It’s not a perfect scheme, but it’s a brave step by East Dunbartonshire Council to put a segregated route down a main road, ie where people cycle, rather than shunt us off to a circuitous side road route. It’s also imperative that the scheme continues, both northwards to Milngavie Railway Station and south to the Glasgow boundary.
Our letter was in the edition published yesterday, 28 January, but it seems that letters are not regularly included on the paper’s website. Our letter is here on the News page of the GoBike! website and here is a pdf of both our letter, as published in yesterday’s paper plus an interesting one from a motorist, who now sees that parked vehicles are slowing him down! Hurray! MBHerald letters 29th January2016
If you live, work and/or cycle in the area and support the scheme please write to the M&B Herald; this issue is not going away and those who oppose it are sure to be sharpening their quills and filling their inkwells right now to get their views into the editor.
East Dunbartonshire Council propose the installation of segregated cycle lanes on the A81 from Milngavie towards Hillfoot and eventually the Glasgow boundary. The approach from EDC is generally good, but Go Bike have submitted comments, which may be seen here
If you use this road, watch out for further information from East Dunbartonshire and make sure your views are heard.