Have your say on cycling alongside or across the tram tracks
In December 2014, Love Your Bike again raised concerns regarding the designs of Metrolink tram routes at road junctions such as Southmoor Road in Wythenshawe. 
In 2012, Sean Sutton (the British Cycling Head Coach at the time) described the new tram lines near to the Velodrome as ‘death traps‘. 
Love Your Bike is concerned that where cyclists have crashed or been injured when cycling close to/across Metrolink tracks they do not report the incident because they blame themselves for their lack of cycling experience or skill.
But Love Your Bike believes that many of these incidents may be caused by poor designs. In January 2015, Transport for London (TfL) announced a junction-by-junction safety review of the Croydon tram network following a Coroner’s report that criticised “confusing” signage and layout of cycle lanes at the junctions with the tram network and warned more cyclists could die unless action was taken. 
In February 2015, Love Your Bike received a response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) asking for details of the number of people who had reported crashing on/near tram tracks.
Whilst, the number of reported incidents is still quite low, there has been a three-fold increase between 2013 to 2014 in both the number of incidents reported and the number of claims submitted for injuries and/or damages. 
1. Survey: What is your experience of cycling across Metrolink tram tracks? See loveyourbike.org/metrolinksurvey
2. Concerns with Metrolink tram routes: Statement to Manchester Cycle Forum. See .manchesterfoe.org.uk/concerns-with-metrolink-tram-routes-statement-to-manchester-cycle-forum
3. Manchester Evening News. 19 November 2012. Olympic coach Shane Sutton, badly hurt in bike crash, says tram lines around Manchester Velodrome are ‘death trap’ for cyclists. manchestereveningnews.co.uk/olympic-coach-shane-sutton
4. Croydon tram network to be reviewed in wake of coroner Selena Lynch’s warnings over death of cyclist Roger De Klerk. See croydonguardian.co.uk
5. Bicycle crashes and Metrolink : A Freedom of Information Act request and response. See manchesterfoe.org.uk/bicycle-crashes-and-metrolink-a-freedom-of-information-act-request
6. Love Your Bike is an award winning Manchester based campaign aiming to promote cycling and help make it an even more attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, the campaign works in partnership with other like-minded organisations. loveyourbike.org
Alison x (your 4Manchesterwomen Editor)
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