Canals and rivers can be very lively spaces. You could see cyclists, walkers, boaters, anglers, kayakers and even horses pulling boats along the water. Our Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign encourages everyone to be more aware when using the towpaths.
Having so many different activities taking place does mean that people need to share the space considerately. To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water we asked you to help us develop a towpath code.
This is the result. It’s a common sense guide to sharing the towpath and what to expect of others.
The key three elements are:
We do ask Cyclists to follow the towpath code which states that priority is given to the slowest user and we would ask that all cyclists read the towpath policy by following this link.
We also ask cyclists to fit a traditional bell when using the towpath. Please ring it when approaching slower moving users of the towpath giving them ample warning of your presence, especially when you are coming from behind. There are tight, narrow bridges on the canal that are potentially pinch points where users can struggle to pass without dismounting. Please take great care to ensure your safety and those of other towpath users.