Published: 29 June, 2012
• THE Regent’s Canal is arguably the busiest towpath route in the country.
Is this a bad thing? I would say “no”.
It’s a testament to the regeneration the canal has seen – let’s not forget it’s 200 years old.
We want as many people as possible to enjoy the canal.
It’s an oasis from London’s roads and pavements, offering things to do and see for people of all ages.
However, with up to 300 pedestrians and 500 cyclists using the canal at peak times, in a limited space, it is vital everyone is mindful of others and takes it easy.
Towpaths are Greenways, not highways, which means pedestrians have priority.
They are more leisurely relaxed routes.
To this end British Waterways has launched a new campaign, Share the Space, Drop your Pace.
We need pedestrians and cyclists to take responsibility for how they use the towpath to ensure it remains a haven.
This means being considerate and going at a safe speed. Everyone can play their part by familiarising themselves with the Greenways for the Towpath code, which is available from our towpath rangers, who are familiar faces on the canal.
We are working with councils, including Islington, and Transport for London to create more attractive alternative east-west cycle routes, so that the huge increase in cycle commuting is adequately provided for and the canal remains part of a leisurely way of life.
It is our collective responsibility to make our canals a place for everyone to enjoy.
London towpath ranger