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Shared paths

Shared path etiquette

Follow this etiquette to ensure everyone has safe and comfortable use of shared paths.

Pedestrians 

Including people on foot or on wheeled devices such as wheelchairs:

  • Keep left unless it’s not possible to do so
  • Move in a predictable manner and check for other path-users before changing direction
  • Keep your dog under control along shared paths and pick up after them
  • Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them
  • Stay aware of your surroundings even if using headphones
  • Listen for warning bells or calls from other path-users and allow faster path-users to pass
  • If you have stopped to talk with someone, stand off the path to allow other path-users to pass

Riders 

Including people on bicycles:

  • Give way to pedestrians
  • Keep left unless it’s not possible to do so
  • Move at a relaxed speed and slow down when passing others so you can stop quickly
  • Pass other people on the right and warn them you’re passing in advance by ringing your bell or using your voice
  • Take care around children and dogs who can be unpredictable
  • Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them including warning other path-users of your approach
  • Ring your bell or use your voice to let others know as you go into blind corners or underpasses
  • Be visible by using lights and wearing bright clothes when it gets dark