Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuscon Accident Data - Shared Street Streetcars Are Not Compatible With Bicycles

Hey Yupette,

I visited my alma mater, University of  Arizona, last week. Arlington residents should be aware there have been a HUGE number of bicycle accidents related to streetcars and streetcar tracks along streetcar routes in Tuscon over the past two years. Most of the accidents have not been reported but of those that have been reported many were serious and involved veteran bicyclists. The data were collected by a non-profit bicyclist and pedestrian advocacy group, the Living Streets Alliance. Based on 86 reported accidents the group determined that there were several causes of accidents resulting from streetcars and streetcar tracks and bicyclists, the most common being bicyclists crossing streetcar tracks at a bad angle. Another big cause of bicyclist injures was bicyclists having to veer into streetcars or get caught in streetcar tracks while avoiding some obstacle. Latest consensus opinion among bicycle groups is that bicycles should not share streets with streetcars.

Anyway, you can see for yourself by searching "Tuscon bicycles streetcars accidents" on the Web.

Linda, 22205

11 Comments:

At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ART buses for everyone...all ages...all terrain...all weather...all Arlington neighborhoods.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's have a Streetcar Referendum Now !!!

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree, use the State's $65 million for ART bus service everywhere in the County, connecting up with adjacent jurisdictions' connector bus routes.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Planning and Engineering funding for the Pike Streetcar is on the County Board's September 23rd meeting agenda.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more $$$ for a Pike Streetcar without a voter referendum !!

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more funding for a Pike streetcar system unless and until there is a voter referendum.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many intersections exist where bicyclists do have to cross the Pike?

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...no more Pike streetcar funding before a voter referendum.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like we would immediately see something similar to the situation in Tuscon once streetcar tracks were laid on the Pike.

 
At 17 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any preliminary data regarding bicycle accidents on H Street in DC?

 
At 17 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least 30 intersections where bicyclists would have to cross the Pike.

 

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