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Code of conduct – Off-road

Enfield Council encourages cyclists, when riding off-road, to give priority to all other path users and follow the rules below:

      • People on bikes should restrict their speed to moderate levels and be ready to slow down or stop when other users are blocking the route ahead.
      • On bridleways, people on bikes should give priority to horses as well as pedestrians.
      • People on bikes should take particular care when passing horses, dogs or children, whose movements can be unpredictable.
      • People on bikes should always slow down and allow plenty of passing space when encountering vulnerable path users, such as those in wheelchairs or with other mobility restrictions.
      • People on bikes should say "excuse me" or ring a bell to warn other users of their approach.
      • People on bikes should keep in mind that pedestrians on the path ahead may not be expecting them and may also have restricted sight or hearing.
      • People on bikes should show patience towards pedestrians walking in groups and should maintain a courteous and cautious riding style at all times.

Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, promotes a similar code of conduct for riding on shared paths, which be viewed on Sustrans website.

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