A new digital campaign has been launched to encourage people to be more considerate of other users on the National Cycle Network during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Cycle Network (NCN) was founded in 1995 by Sustrans with help from local communities, partners and a National Lottery grant.
According to Sustrans, every year more than 780 million journeys are made on the 16,575-mile network which links towns, villages and cities across the country.
The ‘Share, Respect and Enjoy’ campaign calls on all users to be ‘kind, considerate, and respectful’ to both the paths themselves and others using the space.
This includes staying local where possible, planning ahead to avoid popular areas that may be busier than usual, and giving other users space to also enjoy the network.
Xavier Brice, CEO at Sustrans said: “The National Cycle Network has proved to be such a useful local resource for people during this time of great uncertainty.
“Whilst we want everyone to continue to explore the paths, we realise that a combination of good weather, the desire to be outside, and an increase in people cycling, has led to many parts of the network being busier than usual.
“So we are reminding people that the network is a shared space for all.
“And we’re asking everyone to be considerate of others when exploring the routes so that we can all Share, Respect, and Enjoy the outdoors safely.”