Using our shared paths and trails safely

Published
9 May 2020
Liveable Places and Spaces
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Our shared paths and trails are busier than ever right now, so we all need to work together to ensure these spaces are safe for all users.

These paths and trails are for cycling, running and walking. With all these different speeds of travel it’s important for everyone to do their part to share the path safely. You can help by:

  • Keeping to the left of the path unless you need to go around others on the path.
  • If you need to stop, remembering to step off the path so you don’t block others.
  • During the winter months, wear bright visible clothing so others can see you if you’re using the paths at dusk and at night.

Here’s some further tips to help you stay safe while enjoying our paths and trails:

Pedestrians

  • Stay alert for bike riders and avoid becoming distracted by your phone.
  • If you are listening to music, make sure you can still hear others, as bike riders may use a bell or their voice to warn when overtaking.
  • If you’re walking your dog, keep them on a leash to the left of you so they don’t obstruct other path users.
  • If you’re walking with children, encourage them to watch for other users and keep to the left.


Bike Riders

  • Bike riders must give way to all pedestrians on shared paths. Pedestrians include people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and wheeled recreational devices.
  • Make sure to warn others as you approach; use your bell or your voice to let them know you’re approaching.
  • Slow down as you pass others and do not pass too closely to walkers. If it’s not safe to overtake, you need to slow down or stop until it is safe.
  • Make sure your lights are turned on and working if you’re riding at night.

If you follow these tips our paths and trails will continue to be safe and enjoyable exercise spaces for everyone, and will help ensure that these courteous gestures continue long after the current restrictions end.