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Courtesy and Safety on Cornwall's Recreational Path

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Cornwall's recreational path is one of the City's most popular recreation assets. It's also one of the busiest, with cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters and many others making use of the path on a regular basis.

We all have a part to play in keeping the path safe and enjoyable for everyone, and we must recognize and respect the rights of others to use the path.

All path users are asked to keep the following travel tips in mind:

  • Yield to pedestrians at all times.
  • Always keep to the right side of the path when traveling.
  • Move completely off the path when coming to a stop.

    Recreational Path Guide 

    Recreational Path GuideFind information on the City recreational path, bicycle safety, e-bikes, dogs in the park and more in the 2012 Recreational Path Guide!

    The Guide is a special publication of Seaway News

    Copies of the Guide are also available at the Benson Centre, Aquatic Centre and Cornwall Civic Complex.

    Click here to download the guide (PDF 6.6 MB). 

  • Check behind and in front before moving across the path or making a sudden turn.
  • Notify others when you are passing by calling out a warning or ringing a bell.
  • Obey all traffic signs and travel at a safe speed.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you're listening to music, keep it at a low level or use a single earphone.


  • Travel at a safe speed. The pathways are for recreational use; to ensure the safety and enjoyment
    of everyone, cyclists who wish to travel at faster
    speeds should use other routes.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times. 
  • Pass only on the left, after making sure that the lane is clear both in front and behind and calling out "Passing on the left".
    Never pass without warning.
  • Travel in single file. 
  • Obey all traffic signs. 
  • Pull completely off the path if you need to stop.
  • Wear a helmet. It's required for those under the age of 18
    and it's a good idea for adults as well.


  • Keep to the right hand side or lane of the path.
  • When necessary, travel in single file.
  • Move completely off the pathway when stopping or taking a break.
  • Obey all traffic signs.

Parents with Toddlers

  • Young children can be unpredictable and may walk into the path of oncoming traffic. Children should be encouraged to walk on grass where possible to avoid potential collisions.

In-Line Skaters

  • Always wear protective gear every time you skate. That includes a helmet, elbow and kneepads, light gloves and wrist guards. Wear long-sleeved shirts to prevent scrapes and cuts.
  • Helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Travel at a safe speed.
  • Pass only on the left, after first making sure that the lane is clear in front and behind and calling out "Passing on the left". Never pass without warning.
  • Travel in single file.
  • Watch out for cracks in the asphalt.
  • Use of poles is prohibited.
  • Obey all traffic signs.

Dog Walkers

  • Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them. Leashes can present a safety hazard.

Other Tips for Recreational Path Users

  • Familiarize yourself with the recreational path and know your route.
  • Stay on the designated recreational path and avoid isolated areas.
  • Tell others where you are going.
  • Carry a cell phone or a whistle.
  • Wear sun block and stay hydrated.
  • Call 911 immediately if you suspect you or someone else is in danger.

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