Bears Way is a protected cycleway in Bearsden and Milngavie which everyone can use for everyday trips and runs from Burnbrae roundabout to Hillfoot. It is proving popular with people of all ages who have been out and about on their bikes.
Bears Way was funded by delivery partners Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Sustrans and was designed by TP&E, a subsidiary of Cycling Scotland.
The Bears Way provides protected space for children and families to cycle. People who previously would never have dreamt of being able to cycle on the A81 are now doing so and that is great to hear. Providing a connected, traffic-free route will give people the opportunity to cycle safely and comfortably to local destinations or into the city centre. The route and its connections around Bearsden and Milngavie can be found via the Healthy Habits maps.
We are seeing an average of over 1,700 cycle trips a week (June – August 2017) with 24-hour automatic counters installed to monitor usage.
Phase 1 of the Bears Way was recently recognised for 'Achievements in Cycling' at the Scottish Transport Awards.
The Council’s Local Transport Strategy and Active Travel Strategy set out a range of actions aimed at encouraging cycling in East Dunbartonshire. Work supports the national vision of getting 10% of everyday journeys to be made by bike by 2020.
Bears Way People
So what happens when people feel safe and comfortable on their bikes? Select the pictures below to see and hear from Bears Way People in their own words.