Impact on Bicycles

It’s true that tram tracks present a hazard to cyclists.  Nevertheless in tram cites cycling generally increases because so many cars are taken off the roads.  Because trams are large, bikes can easily be put inside. In Kassel, cyclists use the tram to get up the hills as a sort of ski-lift.

We have seen cyclists cycling nonchalantly no-handed between tram tracks in Graz.

The trick is to be aware of the tracks and not to cross at a shallow angle. The Croydon cyclist in the video grab below is actually crossing the tram track.  It’s probably staged, but it shows it is not that difficult.

Rail Gap Filler. Using a system like TOR or STRAIL makes tram rails more safe for cyclists by filling the gap in the rails with a special deformable rubber. See image lower down.

In the video above a cyclist can be seen safely crossing the tram rail gap.


In the above video a cyclist can be seen not safely crossing the track



In the above video a cyclist can be seen not safely crossing the track


Above – official Nottingham tram safety video shows cyclists cycling between tracks

Ian Hutchinson, head instructor at Nottingham cycle training charity Ridewise, said: “In the old days there were tram tracks everywhere and people were aware of the dangers – so it’s something cyclists need to know about.”

He said cyclists were trained to cycle well off the kerb – and on tram routes it was often best to cycle between the tram rails.


A solution to the getting-stuck-in-the-track problem


Cyclists crossing tracks in Zurich

In tram towns there is room to put a bike on the tram, and use it to go up hills:

Materials such as this inserted into the rail gap make them safe for cyclists.