Advice on outdoor activity issued by council
Tue 28 April 2020, 5:38 pm
Cyclists and walkers have been urged to think of others when using the narrow towpaths along the River Thames during the pandemic crisis.
Hounslow Council has issued new guidance to ensure social distancing rules are being followed on popular routes for exercise and getting fresh air during lockdown. Signs have been introduced, reminding everyone of the two-metre distancing regulation, asking cyclists to dismount, and advising that dogs are kept on their leads.
The council has also urged people to find an alternative route if the narrow paths are congested.
Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council leader, 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.”
The council has enforcement officers monitoring the borough for people breaking the rules, and while many are complying cyclists have been spotted on pedestrian pathways particularly along the Thames in Strand on the Green and around Chiswick Mall.