Background

The Bears Way Cycle Route runs along the A81 between the Burnbrae Roundabout and Manse Road, just to the north of Hillfoot Railway station. East Dunbartonshire Council, in partnership with SPT and Sustrans, have built this first phase of three, which will extend the route from Milngavie town centre right the way to the River Kelvin Walkway.

When complete, the Bears Way will provide approximately 2.5 miles of two-way segregated cycle path on one of Greater Glasgow’s busiest commuter routes, in what will likely be one of the most complete and ambitious on-road cycle scheme in Scotland to date.

In survey after survey, respondents indicate that the number one barrier to cycling more is the fear of riding in traffic. Bears Way aims to remove this barrier by providing protected cycling space away from cars, buses and HGVs. The new route will:

  • provide a safe, direct and convenient route for people commuting into Glasgow
  • alleviate some of the pressure on parking at Hillfoot and Milngavie stations during peak times
  • supply a real choice to local people in their everyday journeys – for shopping and leisure
  • enable people largely excluded from cycling – children, elderly people and those with mobility issues – a chance to get more active and improve their health