Backing to make Bishopbriggs a 20mph zone

Twenty's Plenty sign, Lenzie 19.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Twenty's Plenty sign, Lenzie 19.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

COMMUNITY chiefs are in favour of a radical plan to introduce a 20mph speed limit in parts of Bishopbriggs.

East Dunbartonshire Council is considering proposals to introduce a 20mph pilot scheme to create a safer environment for cyclists and walkers in the town.

The campaign has been spear-headed by the East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op.

Bishopbriggs Community Council has now said it would be in favour of the new speed limit if the local authority can make it work.

A spokesperson for Bishopbriggs Community Council said: “We would welcome it, but it’s got to be done properly.”

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

East Dunbartonshire Council says if the pilot scheme in Bishopbriggs is successful it could be expanded into other areas, including Kirkintilloch.

It’s also hoped the scheme will help improve air quality and reduce noise pollution in the town.

Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at the council, said: “The council is committed to the improvement of the off road path network in the longer term and there is currently a related project plan underway in partnership with Sustrans.”

Mr Glen added: “In addition, we are keen to work with East Dunbartonshire’s Cycle Co-op to expand the blue signage already in place in Kirkintilloch into Bishopbriggs.”