Bearsden Primary pupils took part in spook-tacular art competition for Bears Way A81 project

Children with their Hallowe'en inspired designs
Children with their Hallowe'en inspired designs

Youngsters at Bearsden Primary were asked to ‘paws’ for thought to design Hallowe’en-themed artwork for a council run competition to celebrate the new cycling lanes on the A81.

P7 pupils created spook-tacular masterpieces - with the Bears Way logo hidden within - to decorate the first phase of the cycleway.

The Bears Way project aims to encourage more people to cycle, walk and use public transport for everyday trips.

At its heart is a protected cycleway designed to give people who are wary of cycling in traffic the opportunity to access local facilities.

When complete, Bearsden and Milngavie residents will be able to access destinations between Milngavie and Glasgow traffic-free.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said: “A massive thank-you to all the pupils who created such wonderful drawings and designs for the A81 Bears Way.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people - of all ages and abilities - using the cycleway already, and this is only the first phase.”

Paul Meehan, Head Teacher at Bearsden Primary, said: “At Bearsden Primary School we are very keen to further develop links, both in our local community and in the wider sense, to promote and develop Active Travel, and cycling in particular.

“We are committed to working with the local authority to help ensure safe, Active Travel opportunities for our pupils and it is encouraging to see continued investment in an infrastructure to support and encourage families to be more active and to make more journeys by bike.”

Bears Way is funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Sustrans and Transport Scotland. Paths for All is also supporting the scheme.

Work is complete on the first phase, between Burnbrae and Hillfoot, and East Dunbartonshire Council is now working with the community on Phase Two - from Hillfoot to Kessington.

There will be a drop-in session for members of the public on Thursday, November 19 at Kessington Public Hall in Bearsden, from 3pm to 8pm.