When people say that feeling unsafe puts them off being active, we usually think about people using bikes on busy roads. However, an interesting new campaign shows that sometimes the cycling shoe is on the other foot!
Canal & River Trust has launched a campaign that urges cyclists to stay kind and slow down to keep pedestrians safe. The canal towpaths in Leeds are very popular when it comes to keeping people physically active, whether we talk about taking a brisk walk, riding the bike, or fishing. However, it is important to remember to use them in a safe way for everyone.
If you enjoy cycling on the canal towpath, you must go slow enough to take into account other people that might be using them to stay physically active, and to be able to stop safely if you need to. Cyclists are encouraged to ease off the pedal power, enjoy the slow ride, and make sure the towpaths can be used safely by everyone.
No matter how you use the canal towpaths, you can start making a difference by joining thousands of canal visitors who are using canal towpaths considerately and pledging to #StayKindSlowDown on social media. Make sure to tag @canalrivertrust in your messages.
To find out more about the Stay Kind, Slow Down campaign, including some great tips for everyone on a bike, watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRDJZG_Q0QQ or visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/our-campaigns/stay-kind-slow-down.