Be a Considerate Footpath (non-road) user
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People are following government advice, and staying at home, and also given our local area, not travelling by car in order to get their once daily (public outdoor) exercise.
This has reportedly seen an increase in the number of both cyclists and walkers on local paths, and both sets of users require to show consideration for each other.
In Scotland, cyclists and walkers (and horse riders and paddlers!) have enjoyed equal rights of access since 2003. This approach is highly valued here and also by many people from outside Scotland.
As the 2003 land reform legislation was being progressed, the recreation bodies decided to work together to secure the best possible access for all — and to stop any opponents trying divide-and-rule tactics. As a result access rights apply to all who are enjoying the outdoors by non-motorised means, but only if we are responsible and respect other users as set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Responsible behaviour by the public
The Access Code says:
Access rights extend to cycling. Cycling on hard surfaces, such as wide paths and tracks, causes few problems. On narrow routes, cycling may cause problems for other people, such as walkers and horse riders. If this occurs, dismount and walk until the path becomes suitable again. Do not endanger walkers and horse riders: give other users advance warning of your presence and give way to them on a narrow path. Take care not to alarm farm animals, horses and wildlife.
Responsible behaviour by the public
The Access Code says:
Access rights apply to people walking dogs as long as their dogs are kept under proper control.
Recreation areas and public places:
avoid causing concern to others by keeping your dog close at heel or on a short lead
Some other advice is:
Rember that these paths can be used by pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and dog walkers. There are no lanes marked on the path and nobody has the right of way, so all users are equally responsible for their actions.
As a cyclist it’s important that you keep your speed down and watch out for others.
Pay particular attention to vulnerable users such as the elderly and small children.
When you’re approaching people wearing headphones remember they may not be able to hear your bell.
Advice on using shared-use paths
Many people including young, older and disabled people benefit from shared paths, which provide valuable opportunities…
Advice from SUSTRANS includes:
Top tips for sharing the space
Use the path in a way that is considerate to the comfort and safety of others.
If there is a dividing line segregating cyclists from pedestrians, keep to the appropriate side; this is normally indicated on blue and white road signs and by logos on the road surface.
When it’s dark, or in dull conditions, make sure you are visible to others, use lights at night.
Be particularly careful at junctions, bends, entrances onto the path, or any other ‘blind spots’ where people could appear in front of you without warning.
When riding a bike, travel at a speed appropriate to the conditions and ensure you can stop in time.
Be courteous and patient with other path users who are moving more slowly than you and slow down as needed when space is limited or if you cannot see clearly ahead.
Please be aware, especially of more vulnerable users such as older people, people with small children, people in wheelchairs, or the hearing or visually impaired.
Give way to slower users and wheelchair users and take care around horse riders leaving them plenty of room.
When riding a bike, ring a bell well in advance if approaching people from behind.
Keep your dog on a short lead when walking on a path shared with people who cycle.
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