The Canal & River Trust painted the markings on towpaths in London, and other large cities, to remind us we share the space with nature: "It just wouldn't be possible to paint lanes on the towpath for all our different visitors," an organizer told Quartz, "so we thought the ducks could have one instead."
A photo, posted to twitter by a passer-by, shows the ducks waddling happily along, pedestrians on one side and a barge on the other.
— Patty Dick-Fingers (@TrishiWeav) May 19, 2015
"The duck paths have been well-received by the public," reports The Independent.
— Kerena Fussell (@fussellface) May 18, 2015
There is a duck lane on the Regents Canal pic.twitter.com/7Vn8Gbu9bD
— Alice Kershaw (@AliceKershaw) May 25, 2015
We are reminded that "It's unlikely that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function" and that one should still watch out for ducks even if one is not in the duck lane.