Find out why we’re calling for old-fashioned good manners to return to the nation’s towpaths and asking people to make a pledge to preserve the peace.
In this age when we’re all moving a million miles an hour, the smallest of courtesies can sometimes be forgotten. We've done a survey to find out what people believe constitutes common courtesy in 2016. Old-fashioned manners, like saying please and thank you, still top the list, but modern manners, such as not invading people's personal space, are becoming just as important. We also uncovered a national tendancy for 'manners-mirroring' with more than three quarters (77%) of the public admitting they are only polite to someone if that person is polite to them first.
In response to this we’re asking people to make the first move! We're asking you to make a pledge have better manners while on the towpath so that we keep it the special place that it is.
Please make your pledge today using the hashtag #SharetheSpace.
Here are some suggested pledges to get you started:
See what other people are saying about #SharetheSpace further down this page.
Manners are important. They help to make the world a nicer place. That’s why we’ve been introducing special zones for people to embrace good old-fashioned manners across the busiest stretches of towpaths.
Within these polite zones, messages have been sprayed onto the towpath to encourage people to ‘smile and say hi as you go by’ and to remember that they are entering ‘a hat tipping zone’, a nod to times past when people tipped their hats or doffed their caps as a sign of respect or merely as a greeting.
See what other people are saying about #SharetheSpace below.
Last date edited: 28 February 2017