Last night East Dunbartonshire council voted against the extension of the bearsway cycle lane which would provide a traffic free route from Bearsden to Glasgow.
Active travel is key to Scotlands future health and wellbeing but has suffered another defeat after a similar cop out in Edinburgh where the Roseburn to Leith Cycle Route has been shelved.
Stubbornness to accept fact based research and the selfish belief that infrastructure should only be provided for cars means another great opportunity has been missed. But while stubborn voices should be heard as everyone should be allowed an opinion, it is local councils that are the ones who weigh up these views with the facts when decisions need to be made.
East Dunbartonshire Council voted 12-11 against the bearsway. 8 SNP, 2 Lib Dems and 2 independents were those 12. In Edinburgh only 2 Green Party councillors voted in favour for the proposed route their and now in Ayr SNP councillors are in favour of ripping up a recently built cycle lane.
On the 4th of May 2017 there will be local council elections across Scotland.