I still don't intend to reacquire a bell even after adding the canal to my stable of routes t'office.
1) I'm too skinflint to buy one of the nice brass ones that sound friendly.
b) Even those ones can only say 'please', leaving me to say 'thank you' and if I'm going to speak to people once I might as well speak twice.
Fourth) When I did have a nice friendly bell(the one on the iron horse) a minority of people were still arsey. So far no-one's been upset by me asking if I can get pass.
And anyway) If I'm on the canal then by definition I have time to slow to a crawl under bridges and quite happily keep pace with walkers until they've noticed me or been asked for permission to pass.