Public Safety Announcement
On Tuesday the 21st June there was an unfortunate incident involving a Sale runner near to Crossford Bridge training ground. A collision occurred between a Sale Harriers athlete and an oncoming cyclist on the banks of the canal. Luckily no one was seriously hurt but the accident could have been a lot worse. There are signs clearly indicating that this path is to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians and that a maximum speed of 5mph is enforced. The cyclists are told to give way to foot traffic.
There were a large number of runners along there at the time as they were on their way to a session in Chorlton woods.
This is a plea to all users of public footpaths to be vigilant and considerate to other members of the public so that we can be seen to be making an effort to avoid this kind of incident. Could all runners who use the towpath and other shared routes, please ensure that they keep well to the left and keep in single file at all times.
Look far ahead to be ready for other people, including cyclists, dog walkers and children. Be considerate to motorists and think safety at all times, your own and other peoples. Keep to the rules of the road and where possible wear bright gear to be clearly visible. When running in large groups make other members of your group aware of any potential dangers and always run on pavements rather than roads where there is one.
If an incident does occur try and be courteous even if you don’t think that you caused the incident. A quick apology can often diffuse a situation before it gets out of hand. Be particularly cautious around animals. Dogs and horses can be unpredictable and best given a wide berth.
Please enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible and remember that running off road is better for your joints, you are less likely to be run over and the air is generally cleaner, but just remember that we share these open spaces with other members of the public and we must always think about safety.
Posted 22/06/2016 10:21