Is 20 plenty in Bishopbriggs? Town could become a go-slow zone to boost safety

20mph road sign
20mph road sign

AMBITIOUS plans to slam the brakes on drivers through a busy town are moving ahead.

East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op is involved in a campaign to bring in a mandatory 20mph speed limit in a bid to make the town safer for walkers and cyclists.

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

Proposals to launch a consultation exercise – expected to cost around £30,000 – were due to be debated by the council’s development and infrastructure committee tonight (Tuesday).

If it proves successful, the 20mph limit could be brought in elsewhere in East Dunbartonshire.

Officials have suggested that initial talks take place with police and community groups before a full-scale consultation is initiated.

In a report to councillors it was stated: “In order to establish if the benefits of a mandatory 20mph would be realised in East Dunbartonshire, it is suggested a pilot scheme could be progressed in Bishopbriggs.

“To progress such a pilot it would be necessary to engage consultants to collect data, model the traffic and design a scheme that could be presented to members, stakeholders and the public.

“Based on previous experience, the cost of this is estimated at £30,000.

“Prior to committing to this level of expenditure it is suggested that some initial work be undertaken in relation to assessing the success of such types of schemes in other areas and seeking the early views of both Strathclyde Police and local community groups.”

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