Cycling on Towpath


On the tow path

Simple Tips for Cycling on a towpath

  • Enjoy the ride. It’s not a race.
  • Be considerate of other users and be prepared to slow down. You know how much it means when motorists are considerate to bicycles, and how infuriating it is when cars expect you to dive out of the way.
  • Use a bell, but bear in mind people – won’t hear it or they will hear it and move into your path rather than away.
  • Be grateful you’re not riding on a dual carriageway
  • Be grateful you’re not racing up a hill. A towpath is usually flat, I think.
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    It can get a little crowded.


    But sometimes you are rewarded with wonderful views. (University church and Radcliffe Camera through Christ Church Meadow)

3 Responses to Cycling on Towpath

  1. Socks November 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Keep left, except where there’s a pedestrian on the right going the same direction as you, in which case move behind them, and then come out and round when it is safe to do so.

  2. velocipede2288 November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I dislike towpaths and cycle paths. They are full of people who appear to be deaf, or have dogs running off the lead unattended.
    I am constantly having to stop, because of the lack of consideration walkers show for cyclists.
    Roads are more dangerous, but at least you can continue cycling.And I don’t race.

  3. Martin November 2, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Another tip: be extra careful if you look over your shoulder to check that your cycling buddy has negotiated the last bridge okay – canals are jolly wet!

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