Etiquette signs keep park users on track
Manners may maketh the man but one New Zealand council isn’t taking any chances after it unveiled plans to erect special etiquette signs.
Walkers and cyclists using the Taylor River Reserve in Blenheim will soon be pointed in the right direction when it comes to minding their Ps and Qs.
Maintaining good eye contact, ringing cycle bells in a timely fashion and moving aside to allow others to pass are measures which have been recommended with good manners in mind.
Dubbed Taylor River Etiquette, the new signs will highlight the importance of sharing the pathway as the number of users continues to grow.
With winding pathways spanning about 4.6km of the river, the reserve is a popular area for walkers and cyclist, offering walking and biking access from Riverside Park to Brayshaw Park.
But with 231,795 people using it a year, extra efforts have been made to ensure everyone gets along amicably.
Reserves and amenities officer Robin Dunn says while the majority of people were cour- teous when it came to using the pathways, the signs would be put up as a friendly reminder.
There had been two complaints made to council recently regarding conduct.
‘‘It’s important to share the paths with care and be considerate to others. Cyclists can do this by warning people when they are approaching and slowing down.
‘‘Keeping left will also improve safety for all path users whether they be walking, biking, on a mobility scooter, wheelchair, or on rollerblades.
‘‘It’s all about courtesy and making eye contact. Cyclists should ring a bell if they’re coming up behind walkers; walkers can move on to the grass if necessary, or the cyclist can. Dogs need to be kept under control,’’ he said.
Signage will be installed along the path over the coming weeks to encourage everyone to follow the Taylor River etiquette. The council is also making new sections of the path wider to enhance safety for all users,’’ he said.
Stencils will be used on the path itself to highlight the manners message.
Council figures show a daily average of 528 pedestrians used the Taylor River Pathway. Sunday is the busiest day for walkers while Tuesday was the most popular with cyclists, with a daily average of 269.
The paths are used by many as an exercise and recreation circuit, a safe route to school for students as well as being a popular dog-walking spot.