What really annoys you about everyone else...
SELF-ABSORBED MOBILE phone users, walkers who take up too much space, and speeding cyclists all rank highly in a poll of what irks people most in public places – and the Canal & River Trust, which carried out the survey, believes the results provide a steer in its campaign for good towpath-sharing manners.
The number one annoyance nationally is people not clearing up after their dogs, with 56 percent naming it in their top five pet peeves. This is followed by people not looking where they’re going because they’re looking at their phones (27 percent), people taking too much space (25), and cyclists going too fast (23). But having said that, 21 percent admitted that they’d come a cropper (or had a near miss) while using their phones. There’s a considerable regional variation, with dogs more of an issue in the Midlands; fast cycling a bête noire in London and the South West; and people who stop abruptly irritating Yorkshire folk.
CRT National Towpath Ranger Dick Vincent said: “With so many people enjoying our towpaths, it’s important that we all make an effort to be considerate towards one another,” encouraging people to make a ‘pledge’ (such as “to not look at my phone while walking”) and to share it on social media using #SharetheSpace.
CanalBoat met Dick Vincent to discuss his work: see our report on page 37.