Compatibility report assesses bicycle safety along streetcar route

Compatibility report assesses bicycle safety along streetcar route

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Even though the modern streetcar is not running yet there have been accidents involving bicycles.

A survey which will be released on Monday gives an idea of where and what caused them. It will be used to find the areas where safety improvements need to be made.

The compatibility report was done by the Living Streets Alliance. It shows most of the accidents were caused by the tracks. Bike tires get caught and the rider gets spilled.

There were no reports of anyone being struck by the streetcar.

University of Arizona student Gabe Lin says he's seen many spills and had a couple of his own.

"Knees scraped, hands scraped, sore a little bit," Lin said.

Jenna Panebianco said, "If you approach the tracks at the appropriate angle, you're not going to fall off."

She took a bike riding class which shows how to ride across the tracks.

"I've been living downtown for a year and a half and, knock on wood, haven't had a problem yet," she said.

According to the survey, there were 86 accidents in 18 months, all but two self reported. 70 percent said their injuries were minor or had no injuries from the accident.

A majority of riders involved in accidents wore helmets.

The results will be used to help determine where signs should be clearly posted, parking spots eliminated and curbs painted red to discourage delivery parking.

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