Impact on bicycles/cycling – danger to cyclists / risk of getting stuck in tram tracks

Above: cyclist – somewhat reckless crossing 1930s tram tracks in London click this link to activate

It’s true that tram tracks present a hazard to cyclists if not addressed properly. Arguably they are no more dangerous than kerbs which cyclist routinely avoid cycling into. 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 to get up hills. In Kassel, cyclists use the tram to get up the hills as a sort of ski-lift – see image below.

We have seen cyclists nonchalantly riding 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 above shot at left shows a cyclist in karlsruhe happily cycling between the tracks.  The  two images on the right at the same spot shows another cyclist going between the very narrow gap between the rail and the kerb.

The Croydon cyclist in the video grab below is actually crossing the tram track – it is not that difficult.

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.

Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/fast-track-safety-riders/story-23769127-detail/story.html#tAF41vsw1r41LwFP.99

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 deform-able rubber. See image lower down.

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

Cyclists crossing tracks in Zurich – click link to activate above video

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.