Traffic lights knocked down at the beginning of new ‘Bears Way’ road layout

Traffic lights knocked down on Milngavie Road, Bearsden
Traffic lights knocked down on Milngavie Road, Bearsden

An-89-year-old man lost control of his car on Milngavie Road, Bearsden last Thursday night (November 19) at about 10pm and knocked down a set of traffic lights at the beginning of the new road layout which is part of the first phase of the Bears Way project.

The accident happened where the road veers sharply to the right in order to fit in the new cycle lane.

His car reportedly clipped the kerb of a pavement near Kelvin Timber.

Luckily he was not injured and didn’t need to be taken to hospital.

The police will contact the DVLA in relation to this accident.

A woman who passed by just after it happened, said: “I think the driver probably just didn’t see the kerb because it was so dark and rainy. It’s very dangerous.

“This is probably the first of many accidents on this new road layout - it will be even worse when it snows and drivers won’t be able to see it at all.

“Luckily no one was injured this time but it’s just a matter of time before someone is.”

The cycle lanes were installed by East Dunbartonshire Council earlier this year as part of the first phase of the A81 Bears Way project.

Bears Way is being funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Sustrans and Transport Scotland and supports the Scottish Government’s vision that, by 2020, 10 per cent of all journeys taken in Scotland will be

by bike.

Thomas Glen, Director of Development and Regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council understands that Police Scotland is aware of the incident and has referred the matter to the DVLA for

consideration. It would be inappropriate for the council to comment further on this incident.

“The traffic signals have now been repaired and are now fully functional again.”