October 7 2016
A number of projects have been halted as a result of local pressure
With news that yet another major cycle project has been halted following a vote by local councillors, Herald Scotlandhas suggested that councils are “derailing” the Scottish Government’s cycle targets.
The Bears Way was set to be a protected cycle-only lane on a commuter route from Milngavie to Glasgow. However, last week SNP, LibDem and independent councillors voted against the Labour-Conservative coalition to prevent the second phase of construction (the vote was 12-11).
Phase 1, from Burnbrae roundabout to Hillfoot along the A81, is already complete, but a petition signed by 2,600 locals is calling for even this to be ripped up.
24-hour automatic counters have been installed to monitor usage and an average of over a thousand cycle trips a week were made between November 2015 and June 2016.
This stretch was also recently recognised for ‘Achievements in Cycling’ at the Scottish Transport Awards.
Despite this, feelings have run so high that death threats have targeted both local cyclists and council employees involved in the development and the lane’s complete removal seems possible.