Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Greenway Code for Towpaths

1. Share the space consider other people and the local environment whenever you’re on a Greenway. Remember some people may move less predictably, for example young children or those with visual or mobility impairments.

2. Drop your pace considerate sharing of the limited towpath space is the key. Jogging and cycling are welcome, but drop your pace in good time and let people know you are approaching by ringing a bell or politely calling out before waiting to pass slowly.

3. Pedestrians have priority towpaths are ‘Greenways’ or shared use routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles, except bicycles and mobility aids, are generally excluded.

4. Be courteous to others – A smile can go a long way. Abusive or threatening behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the Police.

5. Follow signs and obey local by-laws they are there for the safety of everyone. Cyclists should dismount where required and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrians have priority.

6. Give way to oncoming people beneath bridges whether they are on foot or bike and be extra careful at bends and entrances where visibility is limited.

7. When travelling in large groups, especially if you are running or cycling, please use common sense and give way to others.

8. Try to avoid wearing headphones as this makes you less aware of your surroundings possible hazards and others sharing the same space.

9. Keep dogs under control ideally using a short lead on busy towpaths and clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.

10. At all times, keep children close to you and encourage them to learn and follow the Greenway Code for Towpaths.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the first part of 6 correctly worded? It seems both parties would be giving way. Or I don't understand 'oncoming' of course.

Frank.

Maffi said...

Cut and paste. I would assume it is correct. The chances of two people who know the rules arriving at the same point on the canal at the same time would be astronomical.

Anonymous said...

I thought at the time I was a bit odd, posting a comment at quarter to one in the morning but clearly you're just as odd.

Frank.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed that cyclists do usually slow down on tow-paths when passing under narrow hump back bridges. It is to their advantage anyway as they may smack their heads on the brickwork.
When walking or cycling on the tow-path you need to always be aware of what others are doing in order to avoid them.
Mobility scooters can move quite fast these days, so dodging them can be quite tricky.
nb Oakfield