Paths for Everyone

Using off-road paths

Our city is great for walking and cycling with its network of off-road paths across the city. 

These paths are for everyone. Whether you're

  • out for a stroll
  • heading to work
  • off for a run
  • walking the dog
  • going for a bike ride
  • out for the day with the kids.

We would like everyone to be able to use the paths in safety and comfort. Please follow this simple code of conduct.

Download code of conduct for off-road paths (PDF - 110.75 KB)


  • think about all other path users
  • stay alert, especially if using headphones or your phone
  • don't assume everyone can see or hear you
  • keep left if possible and pass on the right
  • don't leave your rubbish behind.


  • use your bell to let people know you are there well in advance, especially at blind corners
  • give others space
  • don't pass at speed
  • at night - avoid dazzling others with your lights:  dip, dim, don't strobe.

Walkers and runners 

  • listen for cyclists' bells
  • allow cyclists to pass
  • at night, think about whether you are visible to others.

Dog walkers

  • keep dogs on a short lead or close to heel
  • clean up after your dog
  •  at night, use a reflective collar or coat on your dog.

The Council has worked with path users to create this code of conduct through its Active Travel forum.