I changed my cycling commuting route from the roads onto a section of the canal about three kilometres long. I had thought that it would be a lot safer than the road and, perhaps, allow me to get some good pace up. While I’ve managed to get a pace going on some sections, I have realised that the canal isn’t as safe a cycle as I first thought, and worse than that a fair number of the cyclists turn out to be quite the menace.
Amazingly I found that some of these canal cyclists are oblivious to a number of things such as common courtesy, rules of the road (or path), right of way, animals, and last, but not least, people. Of course they have their bells, and that makes everything right.