What re­ally an­noys you about ev­ery­one else...

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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.

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