Call for ‘old-fashioned’ manners
IN ITS LATEST towpath campaign, the Canal & River Trust is calling for ‘old-fashioned manners’ – and backed it up with a launch featuring old-fashioned cyclists on old-fashioned bikes, doffing their caps and being polite to others.
Meanwhile, friendly messages appeared on the busiest paths and Canal Poet Laureate Luke Kennard penned the words ‘New traveller of the shining towpath, please be mindful as you roam…’
But what appeared a light-hearted campaign had a serious purpose as the Trust attempted to tackle the issues of some cyclists, runners, dog owners and others behaving discourteously and potentially dangerously when sharing towpaths with other groups. The campaign is part of the Better Towpaths for Everyone policy, which has three points:
Share the Space: be mindful of others, keep dogs under control.
Drop your Pace: pedestrians have priority; cyclists and others should be prepared to slow down.
It’s a Special Place: waterways are living heritage with working locks and bridges; other users should give way to waterway users. Bank Newton because of the beautiful countryside: “I have visited canals all over the world and have rarely found anywhere that compares with the awe-inspiring view over the Dales offered by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Bank Newton in Yorkshire.”