As usual, we fully support 'Destination Sport' in Mullingar, and the Royal Canal is a centrepiece for several of the activities during the week. Not to blow our own trumpets too hard, but this wouldn't be possible without the continuing hard work of our members and that of Waterways Ireland. As this event co-incides with National Bike Week, the featured mode of transport for the week will be the trusty two-wheeler. The Royal Canal isn't all about the water; its tow-paths are a great place to take your bike for a spin. But do keep an eye on the water for us during the week - we'll be in action as usual!
As ever, when taking part in any activity near water,
- Don't take un-necessary risks, be aware of safety equipment but don't abuse it!
- Bring your rubbish home, or to the nearest public bin.
- Be considerate of other people - the Royal Canal is an amenity that should be enjoyed by all, but can occasionally be spoiled by a few.
- If you're cycling or running on a canal towpath, be aware that you do not have priority over walkers; be prepared to slow down or even stop if necessary to accommodate others. It's nice to use your bell to make others aware of your presence but excessive ringing is just annoying. Be aware that small children and dogs don't understand what it means, and the pedestrian you're speeding towards may be listening to headphones or have a hearing impairment!
- This one is especially for cyclists - there are some points along the Canal that are hazardous for cycling, or where cyclists can cause a hazard. These include some of the older bridges, where the path narrows and there is no grass verge or other barrier between the path and the edge of the Canal. There are signs at various points indicating that cyclists should dismount - please heed these signs and walk your bike to a point where the path is wide enough to accommodate safe cycling. Where the towpath crosses a road, even a minor one, you should also dismount and walk the bike across when it is safe to do so.