Artful ways to slow down
PUBLISHED: 10:08 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:08 22 June 2017
3D sleeping policeman unveiled by Canal & River Trust to slow people down on towpaths
As part of its plan to slow people on the towpath, the Canal & River Trust has unveiled a 3D ‘sleeping policeman’.
The unusual image of the policeman appearing to come out of the ground is being painted on towpaths at busy points to remind people to take note of the Trust’s Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign.
“Pedestrians take priority on our towpaths so we’re asking people who cycle and run too fast to please slow down and take time to enjoy their towpath visit,” said Canal & River Trust national towpath ranger, Dick Vincent. “If you are trying to beat the clock on an app or in a rush to get to work, the towpaths are not for you so choose another route.”
The idea for paintings on the towpath came about because surveys have shown that the majority of people don’t want physical speed measures on towpaths because they could become eyesores on the otherwise picturesque environment.