Safety Tips for Cyclists
Track grooves are slightly wider than the typical bike tire, and can be slippery when wet and hard to see in low light. Here are some important cyclist-specific tips that’ll make your ride along our route run a lot smoother:
Watch for streetcars before turning. Always be aware of your surroundings and others, including streetcars, vehicles and pedestrians.
To avoid getting slender tires stuck in tracks, turn across the track at a 90-degree angle and don’t lean into turns when crossing tracks.
Get your slim tires over safely. Change lanes next to the track at a 60-to-90-degree angle.
Don’t let the tracks throw your skinny tires a curve. Cross a curved track at a 60-to-90-degree angle.
- Plan your trip ahead of time to avoid tracks when possible.
- Helmets and protective gear are recommended when riding.
- Always be predictable.
- Ride defensively.
- Follow signs, signals and road markings.
- Know your limitations – use streets and routes that are suited to your individual skills.
Look and Listen
- Never cross in front of a moving streetcar.
- Never tailgate the streetcar.
- Scan your surroundings and be aware of others.
Beware of the Door Zone
- Watch for motorists opening vehicle doors in your path; don’t swerve into the lane, other vehicles or the track gap.