Call for ‘old-fash­ioned’ man­ners

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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.”

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