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Bicycle wheels can become caught in the groove of a tram rail. This is very dangerous because it will lock the wheel, depriving the rider of steering and almost certainly causing a fall.
There is no need for this to happen , provided you follow the simple rule:
ALWAYS CYCLE ACROSS THE RAIL|
NEVER ALONG IT
So few British towns have retained their tramways that this simple piece of advice has been lost to generations of cyclists. Because of this, Sheffield ran a cycle safety campaign in schools and cycle clubs, before re-opening the tramway. This has ensured that cyclists are aware of the hazard, just as they are aware of all the other road hazards, and road safety becomes a habit.
Tramways can benefit cyclists in other ways
See general safety for information on other vehicles sharing the tramway.
Cross-sectional drawing of proposed tram rail (33kb)
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