One Path Initiative: Developing a positive culture on busy paths

The One Path Initiative is an effective approach developed and piloted by Sustrans to tackle conflict on paths and promote positive actions and behaviour by all users.

This initiative was developed as an alternative to physical signage and it focuses on behaviour change rather than rules and regulations. 

Three people with T-shirt on greenway

As part of the Living the Greenways weekend in east Belfast, Sustrans is hosting a One Path Festival along the Comber Greenway to celebrate this wonderful community asset. The Festival is two parts on Friday evening 14 September and Sunday 16 September from 1-4pm. There will be lots of family fun activities all along the greenway.

Find out more about the One Path Festival.

We engage with path users, listen to their concerns, analyse the issues and then work with them to find a solution.

We use a variety of tried and tested communication methods to promote the One Path key principles of Share, Respect and Enjoy, including Sustrans volunteer-run events, on-path signage and press and social media.

We always deliver a consistent message to all users, regardless of how they access the path or the purpose of their journey.

Family using walking and cycling on a quiet path

The One Path Initiative's core objective is to improve communication and understanding between the people who use the path. It achieves this goal by:

  • Understanding who uses the path and their individual needs.
  • Improving relations amongst the users.
  • Reducing conflict and thereby complaints.
  • Avoiding physical interventions and/or permanent signage and the resulting expense.
  • Ensuring all the agencies involved in the management of the path deliver a consistent message.
One Path Initiative booklet cover

Download the One Path Initiative booklet (pdf) to find out more about the project implementation process, timelines and objectives.

image of people walking and cycling on path

Following the rise in popularity of the Comber Greenway in Northern Ireland, we worked with the support of four local councils in and around Belfast on this pilot project to encourage users to enjoy the path harmoniously and respect each other.

Read more about the Comber Greenway One Path Initiative

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