Advice for cycling near trams
Cross the tracks close to a right angle – this won’t always be possible, but by crossing as close to a right angle as you can you’ll avoid slipping on the tracks.
Mind the gap - keep your wheels out of the tram tracks, especially when overtaking other vehicles or turning at junctions.
Take care when cycling in the rain – the tracks will be slippery.
Don't gamble at junctions – wait for the green light and until the road is clear, a tram could be coming.
Look around you – trams are quiet, you may not hear them until they are very close.
Think ahead and signal early – plan how you will cross the tracks and let other road users know your intentions.
Know your limits - depending on the situation and your cycling experience, you may prefer to get off your bike at a safe point on the road to continue your journey.
The on street layout provides a dedicated cycle refuge area at the entrance to the taxi ranking area at Haymarket Station, which has been designed to offer cyclists a route through the junction which avoids the interaction with the tramway tracks at shallow angles. Observations in the area have confirmed that many cyclists are not using this facility, which increases the risks in crossing the tracks at these less desirable angles which can lead to cycle wheels being trapped in the rail groove and of slipping on the rail in wet conditions. To this end the Council have taken the following steps to improve the situation, in what is a very space constrained area:
- A design has been developed to reinforce on-road lining/messaging in this vicinity both highlight the dedicated refuge, and this also includes a new section of lining to further advise cyclists by way of on-road markings of a safer angle to cross the tracks. A contractor has been mobilised, and these measures are planned to be installed on site during week commencing 11 November 2013.
- In parallel with this intervention, the Council has been engaging with local taxi operators and Police Scotland, to address behaviours with taxis spilling beyond the defined taxi area into the running carriageway, which creates potential conflicts with cyclists. This includes a longer term investigation into alternative taxi ranking provision in the areas surrounding the station.
Council Officers are meeting with representatives of SPOKES on 13th November 2013 to discuss these matters in more detail in combination with the release of additional advice/guidance in relation to cycle/tram track interaction.