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Tramtrack cycling event 13/12/09

As you are probably aware, Princes Street has re-opened to traffic, so this is the first street in the city where cyclists will encounter tram lines.

Cycling on and around tram tracks can take some getting used to, needing special techniques to avoid getting your wheel stuck in the grooves. Although a bit tricky, with the potential to fall off if you get your wheel stuck, cities such as Amsterdam, San Francisco and Munich have trams AND high levels of cycling.

With Princes Street already open and more tracks being rolled out over the next year, tram tracks will be a permanent feature in Edinburgh from now on, so the Bike Station and TIE are holding a cycle training event on Princes Street for cyclists to come and try cycling around tram tracks in relative safety and under the expert tutelage of qualified cycle trainers. Cyclists will be able to cycle in a coned-off, traffic-free part of Princes Street as well as in the traffic, which should be quiter on a Sunday.

Date: Sunday 13th December
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: come to Castle Street 

Download the Edinburgh Trams "cycling and trams" leaflet.


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Reader Comments (6)

Have just seen the story on the beeb and the video on youtube.
That kinda puts me off Princes Street in the dark anyway...

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDuncan Wallace

yeah the night time scene looks v scary! I feel like avoiding the street...I've read the leaflet about why no cycle lanes are being put in alongside the tram tracks on Princes St and Leith walk and it's really not in keeping with the aim to increase cycling in Edinburgh! As for the lessons...are there going to be more as at such short notice people might not be able to go (and who want to be going to P St just now anyway!!!)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRona Gray

I am one of the many that has experienced the dreaded tramlines on my bike, and come off worse. The accident happend at 4ish on Wednesday 9th December , I was knocked unconscious, I can't remember anything up to half an hour before the event, but seemingly there were a few witnesses, that say I indicated to pass a bus that had pulled in to stop and that I hit the unfinished tramlines and then the large raised kerb. Luckily I was wearing my helmet and floruscent jacket and all my lights were on. The first thing I can remember is waking up in the Royal the next day! I will be back on my bike in a few months, but I was lucky and its all down to wearing my helmet!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Robertson

Has anyone had any luck getting compensation from The City of Edinburgh Council, I am asking as when I had my accident the Tramlines hadn't been finished. Thanks

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Robertson

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