Streetcar safety reminders for cyclists - Tucson News Now

Streetcar safety reminders for cyclists

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson's new streetcar will begin its service on Friday, July 25 and there are new obstacles for cyclists to be aware of. 

Bikes and cars will soon be sharing the road with the Sun Links Streetcar.  Sun Link officials say bicyclists need to use the special pavement markings and remember to cross the tracks at a right angle (between 60 to 90 degrees).

Drivers and pedestrians may see those green bike box at the intersections. The boxes are for cyclists to use when the light is red or turns red. Those on bicycles need to pull in the box using the bike lane and wait for the light to turn green. It will give them a few seconds advantage over cars at the same light.   

Sun Link is also reminding cyclists about watching their wheels when riding alongside and crossing the streetcar tracks.  Tires sliding on the smooth track surface and wheels dropping into the track gap are common causes of bike mishaps. 

One last reminder about this weekend, the streetcar will be offering free rides.  Free rides begin on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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