Shared paths - share with care
Keep an eye out for one another on our shared paths.
Please 'Share with Care' if you're heading out on one of our city's growing network of off-road shared paths.
Swansea boasts some of the best shared paths in Wales with some of the finest views and trails available anywhere. More people than ever have been discovering them for the first time during the pandemic as they look for ways to enjoy regular exercise by bike, walking, running or family time out.
Here's your quick guide to Share with Care etiquette on shared paths:
- Keep to the left when there's no markings to say otherwise.
- If there are markings, stay on your side.
- Take all litter home with you and clean up after your dog.
- Use shared paths safely and be considerate to other users.
Walkers and runners
- If the shared path is busy, avoid being in large groups if you can.
- If you're taking a dog for a walk on a shared path please keep them under control. Don't trail a lead across the path, causing an obstruction.
- If another path user stops or waits for you to pass, thank them as this encourages everybody to share the space better.
- If you have children with you, help them to move over when cyclists or horses are passing.
- Listen out for cyclists' bells and keep left to allow them to pass.
- Take care around horse-riders, leave them plenty of room especially when approaching from behind.
- Please keep your speed down and give way to other users.
- Use a bell or call out when approaching others from behind.
- Remember that some people might not hear you because they have hearing issues or might be wearing headphones.
- Take particular care where the path is narrow and wait for space to overtake safely.
- Groups of cyclists should ride in single file when approaching pedestrians on a shared pathway.
- Please keep to a walking pace when passing other users and no more than a trot at other times.
Frequently asked questions
What is the 'Share with Care' campaign?
Share with Care is a campaign taken up by councils and national parks around the country that asks visitors using shared paths to look out for each other. It's about enjoying visits, keeping a look out for others so everyone can enjoy them safely.
What is a shared path?
A shared path is designed for all types of users including pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists. If you come across shared paths with a dividing white line, segregating, for example, the cycle and pedestrian space please keep to the correct side. Shared paths without dividing lines are there for everyone to use so always remember to respect each other and observe the 'Share with Care' etiquette.
What are the benefits of a shared path?
Shared paths in Swansea are off-road, separated and safe from motor traffic. They're great for cyclists, dog-walkers, young children and families and people with mobility issues. They can be used as safe routes to schools and safer ways for people to get around the city on foot or by bike. Shared paths can welcome all types of users, especially when they look out for one another.
Where can you find them in Swansea?
We've got an extensive 120km network of cycle paths as part of our active travel network. Last year we spent £5m extending the network by 9km, including a new stretch between Kingsbridge and Gowerton that's been welcomed by local communities. .
What is Active Travel?
The Active Travel (Wales) Act aims to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales, specifically to promote walking and cycling as viable modes of transport for every day journeys such as to the shops, work or college. It is a network of routes across the country that are off-road and accessible to all, including runners, dog-walkers, young families with children in buggies, cyclists and those with mobility issues. Swansea's network is currently being extended and there are proposals for more on which we will be consulting in the future. Find out more here: Current active travel schemes