Bicycle crashes mapped along streetcar route - Tucson News Now

Bicycle crashes mapped along streetcar route

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:22:35 GMT
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.
  • Are you prepared for an emergency?

    Are you prepared for an emergency?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:58:01 GMT
    September is National Preparedness Month and officials are giving a list of the basics that the public should always have on hand in case of an emergency. Always have water, a battery powered flashlight and a first aid kit and have them on hand before an emergency hits. 
    September is National Preparedness Month and officials are giving a list of the basics that the public should always have on hand in case of an emergency. Always have water, a battery powered flashlight and a first aid kit and have them on hand before an emergency hits. 
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The modern streetcar and cyclists have already had some conflicts, and the passengers have yet to start riding the rails.  A study by the Living Streets Alliance found 86 crashes by cyclists along the route between August 2012 and April 2014.  A "heat map" of crashes found them to cluster around tight turns by the rails, at University and Fourth Avenue; Fourth Avenue and Toole Avenue; and Main Gate Square.

"Biking on the road is difficult anyway because cars aren't always looking out for you, so sometimes you need to swerve out of the way and when there's a rail there, it's pretty dangerous," said Mary Owen, an employee at Epic Cafe and a cyclist.

"I see a lot of people get doored between cars, or getting wedged between the cars and the streetcar," said Moses Martinez, an employee of Grape Ape Tattoo and a a cyclist.

Out of the 86 crashes analyzed by Living Streets Alliance, 37 were from crossing the rails at a bad angle, 24 were from an obstacle in the bike lane, eleven were from pinch points where a cyclist could not avoid the rails because of a curb or a parked car, and ten were from an evasive maneuver by the cyclist to avoid a car or a person.  These challenges could mean eliminating more parking spaces along the street, more signage about dangerous areas, and more warnings by police to drivers who park in tight areas, such as delivery drivers.  Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik said that these measures could be taken by the city before the street car starts carrying passengers, instead of the city waiting to conclude its own study.

"We can point to Wilco, Epic Cafe, areas south of Rialto I just mentioned where we have conflict points that are causing bike riders to do less than a 90 degree angle turn to get across the tracks.  Address those now.  You can continue your analysis," Kozachik said.

See the streetcar crash data here.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow