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05/21/2015 06:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ducks In England Get Their Own Walking Lanes So Humans Don't Ruffle Their Feathers

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Temporary duck lanes have been painted on busy towpaths in London, Birmingham and Manchester to hi
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Temporary duck lanes have been painted on busy towpaths in London, Birmingham and Manchester to highlight the narrowness of the space that is shared by a range of people and wildlife on May 15, 2015 in London, England. The Canal & River Trust's new campaign, Share the Space, Drop your Pace, is encouraging everyone who uses the towpaths to be considerate of others by sharing the space and dropping your pace to keep the towpaths a special place for everyone. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for Canal & River Trust)

Make way for ducklings. Literally.

The waterside walkways of England and Wales get tons of foot traffic as it is, but now these thoroughfares are being expanded to include another species of bipedal nature enthusiasts: ducks!

The Canal & River Trust, which preserves over 2,000 miles of waterways throughout England and Wales, has created lanes exclusively for waterfowl in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, City Metric reports.

This temporary initiative is part of the Trust’s “Share the Space, Drop your Pace” campaign, which encourages awareness among people -- and now, animals -- using the narrow pathways.

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The duck lanes are like the shoulder of a motorway, sectioned off by a thin white line that parallels the main route. Quartz reported that in London, the lanes were painted by Dick Vincent, a towpath ranger for the Canal & River Trust. “It just wouldn’t be possible to paint lanes on the towpath for all our different visitors so we thought the ducks could have one instead,” Claire Risino, campaigns manager at the Trust, told Quartz.

Stamped with the hashtag #sharethespace and a painted silhouette of a duck, the lanes allow waddlers and walkers alike to happily coexist. No quacks about it.

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