Code of conduct for shared-use paths

Sustrans has published a code of conduct for shared-use paths like the Hayling Billy trail. It’s good advice:

  • give way to pedestrians and wheelchair users and take care around horse-riders leaving them plenty of room, especially when approaching from behind
  • be courteous and patient with pedestrians and other path users who are moving more slowly than you – shared paths are for sharing, not speeding
  • slow down as needed when space is limited or if you cannot see clearly ahead
  • be particularly careful at junctions, bends, entrances onto the path, or any other ‘blind spots’ where people (including children) could appear in front of you without warning
  • keep to your side of any dividing line
  • carry a bell and use it or an audible greeting – avoid surprising people, or horses
  • however, don’t assume people can see or hear you – remember that many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired
  • in dull and dark weather make sure you have lights so you can be seen

One Reply to “Code of conduct for shared-use paths”

  1. When approaching dog walkers I always try to avoid going between the dog owner and the dog. Dogs tend to go to their owners if they are anxious.

    I also wach out for extending leads – they can be tricky to spot and they make excellent trip wires!

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