Hounslow Council has issued further guidance throughout towpaths near the River Thames in order to maintain safe social distance measures. Additional signage has been introduced following reports of safe distancing not being observed on high footfall sections, with many users taking unnecessary risks when taking permitted daily exercise.
Published: Tuesday, 28th April 2020
In order to keep others safe and observe 2 metre social distancing, we are urging cyclists to dismount, dogs to be kept on leads at all times and to seek alternative routes if paths become overly congested.
Residents are encouraged to please keep themselves and other safe, by obeying these rules when using all towpaths and narrow pathways throughout the borough.
Enforcement continue to patrol public areas and are encouraged that the vast majority are abiding by the rules, but we have seen an increase in cyclists using pathways which they are not permitted to. This is particularly evident in some sections of the Thames Path such as in Strand on the Green and around Chiswick Mall. Cycling is not allowed on the majority of paths and footways in the borough – only designated ‘shared use’ paths marked with a blue circular sign with a pedestrian and a cyclist logo are permitted.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:
“We are very fortunate in the borough to having so many lovely areas to enjoy for walks and essential exercise during these challenging times. This is important for mental and physical health, especially for people who don’t have a garden.
"This means one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household. And even when doing this, we should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring we are two metres apart from anyone else.
“We must take extra care on narrow towpaths near the river and parks which typically are busy with cyclists, joggers and dog walkers and be patient when approaching others – maintain a safe distance at all times and seek out less congested areas for daily exercise.
“Enforcement teams and police have been regularly patrolling for the past couple of weeks. To date, the teams were happy to see that most people across the borough were behaving responsibly. However, there have been instances were some people ignored notices and behaved extremely irresponsibly, undermining the efforts made by so many to stop the spread of the virus, save lives and protect the NHS.”