Guiding Principles - Partnership

Recognise that people taking part in similar activities accept different levels of risk

You need to understand differences in how people view and accept risk. Contrast the expectations of a family out for a gentle cycle ride with those of competitive mountain bikers. Many activities share this contrast between ‘extreme’ adherents and more gentle recreation participants. Codes of practice issued by governing bodies of sport can help your understanding.

Recognise that risk control measures for one visitor group may create risks to others

For example, a fence erected at a lock side to prevent a walker drowning, might create a crush hazard to a boater, whilst the raised stone grips that help prevent a boater slipping when pushing the lock gates could create a trip hazard to passers by. Speed humps designed to slow cars can be a hazard to cyclists.

Work with visitor groups to promote understanding and resolve conflict

For example, encourage cyclists to slow down or dismount on narrow paths used by walkers. Consider promoting physical segregation of different uses. Promote awareness of the needs of other users.

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