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Reminder to “Share this Space” on roads and paths

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Devon County Council is reminding everyone of its “Share this Space” campaign on Devon’s roads and paths ahead of this summer.

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and more and more people get out and about to enjoy the better weather, Devon’s Share this Space campaign is encouraging everyone to be alert and be patient.

The County Council has the following advice for road users and shared-path users:

– Cyclists are asked to please pass walkers slowly and carefully, letting people know you’re there and giving them space;

– Dog walkers on shared paths are asked to keep dogs under close control on a short lead;

– Pedestrians are advised to check for traffic if they are stepping into the road to maintain a social distance;

– Drivers and motorcyclists are urged to be considerate and to give vulnerable road users such as cyclists and horse-riders extra space (two metres if possible) when passing them. Also be aware of the possibility of pedestrians stepping into the road for social distancing.

Colin Savage, from Devon County Council’s Road Safety Team, said: “We encourage all users of roads and paths to be nice, patient and considerate to others as part of Share this Space programme. We believe that most people, whether they are driving, cycling or walking, are considerate road users, however it is the occasional negative incident that people remember. Even the best driver or cyclist can make a genuine mistake, so it’s about being tolerant and appreciating that we’re all just trying to get from A to B as easily and safely as possible.”

The County Council’s Share this Space webpage has free films, animations and images that are free to use and share to encourage others to do so.

Photo of Give Cyclists Space stickerYou can show your support for the campaign with one of the County Council’s new ‘Give Cyclists Space’ car window stickers which are available free. Email providing name and postal address and enter Give Cyclists Space in the Subject line. Please allow 21 days for delivery.

For more information go to the Travel Devon webpages.