Talented youngsters have helped to officially launch a new active travel route in Bishopbriggs.
Wester Way runs alongside Phase 4 of Bishopbriggs Relief Road – providing a new dedicated paved path for people walking, cycling and using scooters.
The active travel corridor follows the route of the old Westerhill Road, between Westerhill Roundabout and Aviva, and uses the previous bridge over the railway line.
The route ties in with the path network developed near Phase 3 of Bishopbriggs Relief Road, Kintessack Place and Westerhill Road – providing a key link which supports the Council’s Active Travel Strategy.
Wester Way has an all-weather surface and lighting, and is already proving popular with school pupils, walkers and local workers.
It was created using funding from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the Council.
The new path was opened recently by Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets – assisted by the talented local children who came up with the name and gateway signs:
- Abi Lee – formerly of St Helen's Primary (design) – now of Turnbull High
- Lauren Smith – formerly of Meadowburn Primary (design) – now of Bishopbriggs Academy
- Miriam Cody – formerly of Woodhill Primary (name) – now of Balmuildy Primary.
Councillor Murray said, “I am delighted Abi, Lauren and Miriam could be with us to officially open Wester Way and see their wonderful signs in place.
“Wester Way is a huge improvement – both in terms of safety and accessibility. Previously there was no paved path for pedestrians.
“The new path will make it easier, safer and more appealing for pedestrians, cyclists and people using scooters – encouraging the use of active travel. Well done to all involved for their hard work.
“I hope as many people as possible take the chance to try out the new route at this weekend’s Wester Way Family Fun Day.”
The Council-organised event is being held on Sunday 16 September – noon-3pm – on ground opposite Bishopbriggs Academy.
Attractions will include scooters, smoothie bike, led rides of Wester Way, walk the dog, water zorbs, giant inflatable, bike skills track, walking football, Dr Bike, Professor Balance and face painting.
Dave Keane, Community Links Manager with Sustrans Scotland said, “The Wester Way has been all about bringing the community together to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. This event is a fantastic way to celebrate its completion.”
- Kintessack Place, Bishopbriggs will be closed from its junction with Solway Road between 11am and 4pm as part of the fun day on Sunday 16 September. In addition, Spynie Place will be closed between its junctions with Kintessack Place and Monymusk Gardens (which will also be closed).
- Pictured (top, from left) are: Gail Macfarlane (Strategic Lead – Roads and Transport), Abi Lee, Cllr Gordan Low, Miriam Cody, Cllr Gary Pews, Cllr Susan Murray, Cllr Paul Ferretti, Lauren Smith and Cllr Alan Moir.