As we have seen from comments in an earlier post on Dublin trams, cyclists are now hurtling along tram lines but cyclists in Edinburgh are complaining about the trams because the wheels go into the grooves.
Now here is what the AA in Ireland have to say about cyclists’ safety and trams:
“* Be careful during wet or icy weather, as tram rails can be slippery.
* When crossing tram rails do so as close as possible to a right angle.
* Where possible, avoid braking whilst on tram rails.
* Do not ride immediately adjacent to a tram rail as cycle wheels may be caught in the tram rail groove,
* Cyclists are advised not to ride on ‘Tram Only’ Streets
* Some streets will be designated as ‘Tram Only’ Streets, the road surface within the tram tracks on these streets or sections of streets are not suitable for wheeled vehicles other than trams. Cyclists are advised to dismount at these locations.
* The acceleration and braking characteristics of a tram are comparable to other motorised vehicles.”
Just how is this safety message going to go across to all cyclists? And if there are ‘Tram Only’ roads surely this is not good, unless there are some good side streets for them to use, which is a bit of a nuisance.
Edinburgh Trams are liaising with SPOKES and cyclist lobby groups:
“Throughout the development of the Edinburgh Tram Project, The City of Edinburgh Council and tie Ltd have been liaising with SPOKES and other cycle lobby groups to ensure that the resulting infrastructure considers the needs of all users.
Designers have considered a wide range of cycle options in developing their
proposals which will be refined in consideration of various constraints.”
I know no system is perfect, but it has to be much better than people jumping into cars all the time but we do need to know how to deal with them, and learn of the dangers and whether all our bikes have to have MTB tyres, even the Bromptons, to jump over them or should we all go out and buy BMXs?