We request all towpath users to please note the following
- Share the space; Consider other people and the local environment whenever you’re on the canal. Remember some people may move less predictably, for example young children or those with visual or mobility impairments.
- 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.
- Pedestrians have priority; Towpaths are shared routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles, except bicycles and mobility aids, are excluded.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When travelling in large groups; Give way to others, especially if you are running or cycling, use common sense.
- Try to avoid wearing headphones; Headphones makes you less aware of your surroundings, possible hazards and others sharing the same space.
- Keep dogs under control; Ideally use a short lead on busy towpaths and clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.
- At all times, keep children close to you; Encourage them to learn and follow the rules for towpaths.
See the video below from the Canal & River Trust in the UK