Like Bike Lanes? We Also Need Duck Lanes

(Photo: Canal & River Trust)

Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.

Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:

It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.

The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”

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Wonderful for the ducks. This Canal & River Trust "charity" might do better to consider the hundreds of canal dwellers they have evicted and are still trying to evict from their long held moorings just to make way for paying day boaters. Or hounding out canal-side caf├ęs on spurious charges of breaches of the Canal & River Trust "charity" rules and then giving the sites to Starbucks who ride roughshod over these rules without a problem because they pay far more for the sites than the previous owners on long term contracts. I could go on - how long have you got? They are a business designed to make money, nothing more.
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