Prepare for a cuteness overload.
In many countries around the world, it is becoming a growing trend to paint bike lanes near car routes for the promotion of sustainability and safe transit. But in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, a new kind of initiative has been implemented: duck lanes.
To encourage people to be mindful of the animals they share the road with when walking or biking, The Canal & River Trust painted a white line marking off areas to be used by birds with a stenciled silhouette of a duck. And from the pictures below, the lanes appear to be working!
You can follow The Canal & River Trust at #sharethespace.
Said Dick Vincent, a London Towpath Ranger to ruptly.tv, “We’ve painted in duck lanes on the tow path, just to hilight… [that] there’s only so much space you can share…[a]nd actually probably ducks need the priority.”
The Canal & River Trust is responsible for maintaining over 2,000 miles (3220km) of inland waterways in England and Wales. Their motto is “share the space; drop your pace; it’s a special place.”
It remains to be seen, however, if the ducks will abide by the new rules.
Either way, the initiative is doing a fantastic job at raising awareness for the importance of being mindful when transiting.
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