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Code of Conduct

The National Byway® is a great way to get around and enjoy Britain by bike, but it may also used by many other people, such as walkers, horse riders, and local farmers, as well as the occasional car. It’s important to follow a few basic rules so that everyone can enjoy The National Byway® as much as possible.

The National Byway® lanes and paths provide valuable opportunities to travel in a low traffic environment, and to relax and unwind.

We all have responsibilities for the safety of others we are sharing space with. It’s important not to startle other users – walkers, horse riders or other cyclists for example. The tranquillity of the Byway is something people value greatly, and all users need to respect this.


Cyclists can be the fastest movers on the Byway, so it’s important to keep cycling speed under control. Remember that they are for sharing, not necessarily for speeding, though you may wish to travel quickly, train for fitness or record personal best times, please ride with consideration for others users.

Following this code of conduct will ensure that everyone can benefit:

  • Give way to pedestrians and wheelchair users who may be crossing or using The National Byway®;
  • Take care around horse-riders, leaving them plenty of room, especially when approaching from behind;
  • Be courteous and patient with pedestrians and other users who are moving more slowly than you – shared roads, lanes and the Byway are for sharing, not speeding;
  • Cycle at a sensible speed;
  • Slow down when space is limited or if you cannot see clearly ahead;
  • Be particularly careful at junctions, bends, entrances, or any other blind spots;
  • Keep to your side of any dividing line;
  • Carry a bell and use it, or an audible greeting, to avoid surprising people or horses;
  • However, don’t assume people can see or hear you – remember that many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired;
  • In dull and dark weather make sure you have working lights so you can be seen;
  • Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly. Carry it with you until you are able to use a bin suitable for the purpose.