Towpath cycling code of conduct
British Waterways have produced a cycling code of conduct that they wish cyclists to adopt when cycling along towpaths.
Towpath code of conduct for cyclists
Please remember that Pedestrians have priority over
cyclists on the towpath.
Ring with Two Tings
Pass people slowly, give people space
- Slow down when approaching
pedestrians and only pass when it is safe to do so. Extra care must be taken
when passing children, less able people and animals.
- Be especially aware that dogs and
other animals are unpredictable and unlikely to react positively to Two Tings. Take care and be prepared to
stop or take evasive action.
- Try to pass on the water side of
the path. Pedestrians will tend to move to the back edge of the towpath to
allow you to pass.
- Be patient and courteous to pedestrians.
Saying “thank you” to pedestrians who move to let you pass will make them more
likely to move next time.
Ride at a sensible speed for the towpath conditions
- The towpath is never suitable for
cycling fast as there are many other users, low bridges and narrow sections. If
you are in a hurry do not use the towpath; please use the road.
- Overtaking other cyclists on the
towpath is not recommended. If you must overtake, use a bell to give Two Tings, ensure that the other
cyclist has acknowledged your intentions then overtake safely and smartly.