Tea trolley set up along Regent’s Canal in Mile End to urge people to slow down

Walkers and cyclists enjoyed cream teas and cakes from a mobile trolley, set up along Regent’s Canal, as part of a Towpath Tea Party urging them to slow down.

A team of volunteer towpath rangers from The Canal & River Trust were also on hand by the Palm Tree Pub, in Mile End Park, on Saturday for their first event promoting their new ‘Share the Space’ campaign. Around 500 people stopped to visit the event, which saw towpath rangers handing of maps of the canal.

The campaign is urging people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.

Towpath ranger Dick Vincent, said: “It was a lovely sunny day and we had lots of fun. Because it is a very busy place at times but also a very small space we just wanted to encourage people to take their time and enjoy it.”

This year the canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks cared for by the government body British Waterways will transfer to the charity Canal & River Trust.

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