Our canal towpaths are popular places to walk, exercise, unwind and cycle, not to mention being well used for mooring boats and fishing. We know that visiting them can make you feel happier and healthier, but the pace needs to be slow so that they remain safe.
We’ve launched a campaign to urge everyone using our canal towpaths, especially those who cycle, to be thoughtful, stay kind and slow down, or find an alternative route.
Some individuals are simply cycling too fast and need to slow down or someone will be hurt. Towpaths are shared spaces and pedestrians have priority.
If you’re cycling, you must go slow enough to mind and give way to other people, and to be able to stop safely if you need to. If you’re in a hurry, you need to take a different route away from the canal.
On the towpath, ease off the pedal power, enjoy the slow ride and make sure the canal can be enjoyed safely by everyone.
Join thousands of canal visitors who are using canal towpaths considerately by pledging to #StayKindSlowDown on social media today. Remember to tag @canalrivertrust.
When you’re cycling on towpaths, it’s important that you do things differently to how you might on the road and really consider your stopping distances.
Last date edited: 12 March 2021