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Something tells me that this is the council boundary.

The path from the end of Annan Drive leading to Drumchapel starts off wide, but gets narrower.

Major utilities work is taking place at either end of Conon Avenue. Although the direct path to Drumchapel appeared to be closed, the footway of Conon Avenue was clear, leading to Annan Drive and its path to Drumchapel.

The pond now forms part of the Colquhoun Park Flood Alleviation Scheme, and is more like a nature reserve.

Major utilities work is taking place at either end of Conon Avenue, but the path next to Colquhoun Park has been kept clear.

The path from Conon Avenue to the Colquhoun Park pavilion. It is possible to access Station Road from the car park to the right.

Bollards in the path on the approach to the connection to Courthill.

A connecting path across to Edgehill Road.

Nearing the top of the hill, and the end of the upgraded section of path. A couple of bollards have been placed in the path next to a path junction.

The section of the path from Stockiemuir Avenue to Drymen Road that has been upgraded. The gradient increase can be seen in the background.

Incorrect 'hazard' tactiles used for a road crossing.

The path to Drymen Road diverges from the Ski Club access.

A sign for the upgraded core path that runs from here at the entrance to the Bearsden Ski Club over a hill to Drymen Road near Schaw House. It is signed for walking only since it goes over quite a steep hill. The northern half of the path h ... [more]

The path to Stockiemuir Road, and across to the Baljaffray estate, could easily be upgraded for cycling, along with the rest of the route from the Allander Centre.

In common with other signs on this route (see #111996), the eastbound sign at the entrance to Heather Park is for walking and cycling, but the westbound sign is for walking only. However, in this case the remainder of the route to Baljaffra ... [more]

The path from Heather Park to the Craigdhu Wedge and Allander Centre is signposted as a walking and cycling route, even though the first section of path is narrow and muddy (see #111998). The path from the Craigdhu Wedge is signposted as ju ... [more]

The path from Heather Park and Heather Avenue crosses an unusual bridge across a stream to reach the path (to the right) to the Craigdhu Wedge and Allander Centre. A path to Craigdhu Road goes straight ahead over the hill, but didn't look l ... [more]

The path from the Craigdhu Wedge crosses an unusual bridge over a stream to get to Heather Avenue and Heather Park. The path to the right is signposted as a walking route to Craigdhu Road, but see #112000.

The narrow and unsurfaced path from Heather Park towards the Craigdhu Wedge is not particularly suitable for cycling, although it is popular with dog walkers.

A damaged directions sign at the path junction near Cromarty Crescent. The path to the right is unsurfaced.

Signs at the Craigdhu Wedge. Right for walking and cycling to the Allander Centre, left for walking to Stockiemuir Road. Walking times are given.

Two generations of cycle parking at Westerton station, the shelter being under CCTV coverage.

Some very poor cycle parking stands at Westerton Hall & Library.

A severe barrier on the path between Duncryne Place, Bishopbriggs and Ashgill Road, Glasgow.

Randomly placed bollards leading up to the main event.

The Wester Way ends at Westerhill Road and awaits the building of the next phase of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road, and a new path alongside the railway to Lenzie. Corduroy tactiles have been provided (not cycleway tactiles) even though th ... [more]

A sign for the Wester Way alongside Wester Cleddens Road. There aren't any of these signs on the path further south, even though there is now a continuous path from Auchinairn Road to Westerhill Business Park. Some connecting paths have ... [more]

Although the Wester Way has already been launched, the toucan crossing across Wester Cleddans Road has still to be commissioned.

A very poor access ramp between the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath and Glendinning Road.

The path alongside the Bishopbriggs side of the canal is quite muddy in places. On the right, a gate across access to the Thomas Muir Trail path across the Bishopbriggs Burn.

If that narrow muddy path is worth signing as a route for people to follow, it is worth rebuilding the path so it isn't narrow and muddy, with added nettles and brambles across it!

Largely pointless gate and step-through bypass.

The path on the opposite side of the canal from NCN754 isn't surfaced, but connects to some houses at Aultbea Street that wouldn't otherwise have direct access along the canal. The path is quite muddy in places, but continues as far as Lamb ... [more]

The path on the opposite side of the canal from NCN754 isn't surfaced, but continues through from Bishopbriggs to Cadder. Nice for a change, but a bit muddy.

A gate across the lane leading to the narrow Thomas Muir Trail path. Passing this is easier than negotiating the path ahead.

The same cycle route seen in #88255, with this interesting feature across the road.

A 'No Through Road' and a cycle route. Is it a through route for cycles then? See #88256 to decide.

It would be useful to have a dropped kerb on the opposite side of the divider, or better still a proper signalised crossing, to allow easier access between this side road of Kirkintilloch Road and Meadowburn. (The ASDA superstore is off to ... [more]

The path on the left is useful for getting to the ASDA superstore.

The path will continue further north, but the Wester Cleddens Road toucan crossing could be better aligned with the path.

A direct connection to the main north-south path, without any obstructions (see for contrast #88250). (The top surface has still to be applied to the path in the picture here.)

It's almost as if they don't want people cycling to the main north-south path through the housing development (see for contrast #88251).

Humped road crossing for path on way to new park, but demolished bollard and footway parking in housing development that has been designed for car commuters.

This box surely didn't need to be placed right in the way of the path, creating a blind corner?

New cycle path into housing development from toucan crossing on Auchinairn Road. But that barrier could do with removing.

Wide footway set back from Auchinairn Road, and toucan crossing across to the large new housing development. Those corners could do with rounding off, but perhaps this is intended for cycling.

End of the wide footway alongside Auchinairn Road, within sight of the Standburn Road junction.

Some dropped kerbs have been installed on Milngavie Road and at the turn from Macfarlane Road into Kessington Drive, restoring the connection possible before the pedestrian crossing was moved. See also #85484. However, southbound it is a ... [more]

Some dropped kerbs have been installed at the turn from Macfarlane Road into Kessington Drive and on Milngavie Road, restoring the connection possible before the pedestrian crossing was moved. See also #85485.

The start of the new link from Macfarlane Road into Killermont Road, as part of the interim Bears Way route. There way previously a bus layby here, even though this is not a bus terminus or somewhere a bus would be waiting for more than the ... [more]

The end of the new link from Killermont Road into Macfarlane Road, as part of the interim Bears Way route. There way previously a bus layby here, even though this is not a bus terminus or somewhere a bus would be waiting for more than the t ... [more]

A short section of shared-use footway forms the new connection from Macfarlane Road to Killermont Road, as part of the interim Bears Way route. See also #85480.

The new cycle connection between Killermont Road and Macfarlane Road, on the interim Bears Way route. See also #85481.

No sign at the turn into Cluny Avenue, on the interim Bears Way route. The previous time I came through here there was a direction sign on the lamppost, but it had been damaged by passing traffic, since it stuck out into the carriageway ... [more]

The "except cycles" panels on these "No Through Road" signs are still covered up, even though this part of the interim Bears Way route has been complete for some time.

No sign on the turn into Cluny Drive, other than "No Through Road except cycles", on the Bears Way interim route.

The turn from Cluny Park into Cluny Drive, on the Bears Way interim route, with a "Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway" sign.

Bears Way bench in Cluny Park.

Bears Way artwork in Cluny Park.

The end of the Bears Way interim route through Cluny Park, at a new toucan crossing across the A81 Maryhill Road dual carriageway. A shared-use footway connects to the entrance to Garscube Estate just off to the left, and continues as far a ... [more]

The shared-use footway alongside Maryhill Road ends at this new toucan crossing, from where the interim Bears Way route continues through Cluny Park. A "Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway" sign has been provided just beyond the crossing, so footwa ... [more]

Shared-use footway on Maryhill Road at the entrance to the Garscube Estate. A gap has been left in the central reservation for those turning right off of the main A81 dual carriageway. See also #85470.

Previously locked central gate removed, removing need for cyclists to open sprung side gate. Planter boxes obstruct central gate enough to prevent motor vehicle access, but not enough to stop footway parking alongside. See also #85471.

Messy kerbs at Garscube Mill on what is now a shared-use footway alongside Maryhill Road.

Welcome to Milngavie

Milngavie's reservoir

The start of the West Highland Way in Milngavie. Location: , Milngavie (Scotland, United Kingdom)

Wet slippery paving slabs at the top of the ramp down to the canal path in Kirkintilloch. The chap seen in the distance slipped and fell to the ground, but was able to pick himself up and carry on.

After digging around in the leaves, this member of the study tour found a dropped kerb that may have been intended to allow cyclists to leave the carriageway and use the traffic island crossing to get across the road. But there is no signag ... [more]

The end of phase 1 of the Bears Way cycle route, and having had priority at numerous junctions, this Give Way means cyclists will have to stop for cars turning into Burnmouth Place. The old cycle lane continues for only a few metres beyo ... [more]

The end of phase 1 of the Bears Way cycle route, and priority over turning traffic at junctions is immediately lost with this Give Way. This is also the point where northbound cyclists are meant to cross the road to use the cycle track. ... [more]

A basic bus stop without a shelter or much of an island between the boarding point and the cycle track.

A chicane approaching a bus stop on the Bears Way cycle track.

A gully right in the middle of the Bears Way cycle track at a bend near the Allander Sports Centre access road junction.

The Bears Way cycle track crosses the Allander Sports Centre access road with a (slightly) raised priority crossing.

The cycle track crosses the access road to the Allander Sports Centre by moving away from the Milngavie Road alignment to cross further back from the road junction (see #72183).

Forth and Clyde canal 7 Kilsyth NCN 754

A toucan crossing across Milngavie Road and the Bears Way cycle track. No particularly obvious reason why it is a toucan rather than a pedestrian crossing, since the footway on the left is narrow and not suitable for cycling on, and the pat ... [more]

A chicane in the cycle track approaching a bus stop. The shelter for this stop is on the footway rather than the bus stop island. This intending passenger seems happy to wait leaning against a bollard.

Temporary arrangements at what will become the entrance to a new housing estate.

No dedicated space for cycling on this section of busy Milngavie Road has led to this chap riding along the footway.

Traffic on Milngavie Road. The cars on the outside are in a queue for the right turn into Asda.

NCN 755 Strathkelvin Railway Path

NCN 755 Strathkelvin Railway Path

NCN 755 Strathkelvin Railway Path

Priority at golfing range side-road crossing on Bears Way cycleway.

No cycle parking outside shops next to Bears Way cycleway. Maybe there's some round the back in the car park, but some here would be more obvious for anyone who cared to stop.

Chicane for cyclists approaching bus stop on Bears Way cycleway. In foreground, access to/from side-road opposite.

Cycle parking stands provided at Kessington shops.

Despite a busy car park, a full programme of sporting activities, and an Active Travel Strategy consultation drop-in, the cycle parking at the Allander Leisure Centre is empty! One other bike had arrived by the time I left.

Some Commonwealth Games cycle parking has made its way to the Allander Leisure Centre.

The shared-use path from the Allander Leisure Centre to the A81, with a random cobbled part. No dropped kerb at the end. If a bridge under the railway line was provided, this path would connect the Craigdhu Wedge path to the Allander Wal ... [more]

The shared-use path from the Allander Leisure Centre meets the Bears Way cycle track at the toucan crossing across the A81, and across from the Craigdhu Wedge path.

The path down the side of the fitness club is the inauspicious start of the Craigdhu Wedge path. Access is from the shared-use footway in the foreground and segregated track to the right, or from the toucan crossing just to the left of the ... [more]

The Bears Way cycle track crosses from one side of the A81 to the other on the boundary between Bearsden and Milngavie (both East Dunbartonshire Council). The crossing also provides access between the Craigdhu Wedge path and the path to the ... [more]

The Bears Way cycle track crosses from one side of the A81 to the other, one of the main reasons for not using it cited by people who continue to cycle on the main carriageway. I'm guessing the traffic signal poles are still to be reloca ... [more]

The Bears Way cycle track has priority over vehicles exiting the fitness club. Not so clear about vehicles entering.

The cycletrack gets narrower at the car parking layby, presumably to offer protection from the door-zone. But it just juts out without any transition.

Once you've managed to get onto the track, the Bears Way offers protection from the motor traffic on the A81. But the cycle track switches sides shortly, at the 'golden arches' visible in the distance.

The end of the Bears Way segregated cycleway and back onto the road at the Burnbrae Roundabout. Not so clear how to make this transition southbound.

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