Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Trams and bicycle safety

The Age reported on a coronal inquest into the death of a cyclist in Melbourne in September 2008. The inquest found that it is most likely that the cyclist fell under a tourist bus due to her front wheel getting caught in the tram tracks.
In the nine months prior to this crash there were six other riders that were seriously injured as a result of their tyres getting caught in the tram tracks.
With light rail becoming more popular it is vital to ensure that there is adequate separation of bicycle lanes and tram tracks to improve safety. Where bicycle lanes need to cross rails it is essential that they cross as close to right angles as possible.

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