20’s Plenty ... good enough for Bishobpriggs!

A twenty's plenty speed warning sign. 20. for special reports
A twenty's plenty speed warning sign. 20. for special reports

RADICAL plans have been unveiled to introduce a 20mph speed limit pilot scheme.

East Dunbartonshire Council announced proposals to bring in the new mandatory speed limit in parts of Bishopbriggs following a campaign spearheaded by East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op to make the town a safer place for walkers and cyclists.

The campaign has received backing from primary school parent councils, head teachers and church groups.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie says the scheme could be expanded into other parts of East Dunbartonshire if it proves successful.

She said: “There are always concerns about the speed cars drive at and I think people would cycle more if they felt safer about being on the roads. “

She added: “I’ve asked for a report to go to committee to identify a pilot area in Bishopbriggs and then we need to find out if the community will be behind that.”

It’s hoped the scheme will also help improve air quality in the town.

Mark Kiehlmann, founder of East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op, said: “The support so far has been fantastic, everyone seems to think it’s a good idea.”

Councillor Anne McNair, a co-director of the cycle co-op, said: “This will encourage people to get involved in walking and cycling. They will feel safer.”

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