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Built at the time of the Industrial Revolution, towpaths are the waterside paths that dot the country

While we struggle for pothole free roads and footpaths Britain gets duck lanesImage: Twitter/Canal & River Trust
Features Monday, October 12, 2015 - 16:14

The Canal and River Trust in Britain has come up with a unique initiative by introducing a specially designated lane along 'towpaths' for ducks.

The trust, which is a charity entrusted to take care 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, painted the 'duck lanes' along it’s towpaths as part of a #ShareTheSpace campaign.

On its website, the trust wrote, "Built at the time of the Industrial Revolution for horses to tow boats laden with goods, towpaths are now busier than ever, with walkers, cyclists, boaters, anglers and runners – not to mention the ducks and other creatures - all sharing the often narrow waterside paths."

The ducks obviously do not understand that they have their own lane, but as Mashable reported, though the lanes might seem like an insane idea, they "are more about making a point than about making sure humans and ducks stick to clearly separated areas of the same path."

The campaign aims to create awareness and making sure that visitors are emphathetic to each other.

“Today they (towpaths) are more popular than ever, with more investment in improvements and better signage, but with that success there can also be problems. We are calling on visitors to be considerate of one another, share the space on the towpath and help make our waterways available for everyone to enjoy,” Richard Parry, chief executive of the trust explains.

Here's a video that explains more.

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