WITH the ‘Stay at Home’ order having come to an end this week, and outdoor gatherings of six people or two households now allowed, Dorset Council is expecting an increase in family groups walking and cycling together.
Cllr Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “We’ve seen many residents making best use of their daily exercise throughout each national lockdown, and many have rediscovered the enjoyment of their local area for walking and cycling.
“We fully expect to see many more local people, as well as day visitors, taking advantage of the fantastic walking routes and cycleways we have across the county and we’re keen that everyone shares these spaces and remains respectful of each other.
“This is not aimed at any one group of people – walkers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers – this is about all of us, as individuals, being mindful of others.”
Dorset Council has offered the following advice for being considerate on a shared-use path:
- When walking your dog, please keep it on a short lead
- If walking in a group, please stay to one side of the path
- Out running for a personal best? Please head out at a quieter early morning or evening time, otherwise be prepared to slow down and navigate around others
- When cycling, please travel at a speed suitable to the conditions – ensuring you can stop quickly and easily
- Please use your bicycle bell
- ‘Thank you’ costs nothing
The council has also offered the following advice for sharing roads with other users:
- Cyclists can ride on the road, even if a cycleway is provided nearby
- If cycling on the road, all road signs/signals must be obeyed
- Drivers should allow plenty of space when overtaking a cyclist, and ensure it is safe to do so
- Drivers can overrun into on-road cycle lanes, if safe to do so
- Electric scooters are currently not allowed on any public road, pavement, or cycleway in the Dorset Council area
Dorset Council’s Road Safety Team is hoping to be back delivering free cycle training for primary-aged school children with Bikeability sessions, which take place outside, during the summer term.
The council has also teamed up with local cycle trainers across the council area to provide tuition to adults wanting to refresh their cycle skills and feel more confident.
These are individually tailored to your specific needs, take place outside and can be done as one-to-one sessions.
Details can be found at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk