A Bloody Trambles

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    So Princes Street in Edinburgh has been shut for around 2 or 3 years (I've lost count) and this is the THIRD attempt to lay the tram lines and surface. The last two attempts quickly broke up under the pressure of cold winters and the weight of Edinburgh's fleet of low-floor, 15 tonne, 2-axle buses rumbling constantly across them (the designers imagined that the Trams would replace the buses. They won't. And never will.)

    The tram lines have also proven to be a nightmare for cyclists - set in smooth concrete or rough setts, with buses and taxis forcing your line and on dark and wet nights, many a cyclist has fallen victim to them and broken their price, their bones and their bikes. It was apparent that the people behind Edinburgh's tram had made absolutely zero allowance in their thinking around how cyclists might "interact" with tram lines when forced across them at shallow angles by poor road design and by other road users.

    With much fanfare, Princes Street is to be opened to traffic this weekend. So what do we find?

    Badly repaired surfaces and thoughtlessly dangerous "cycle lanes" and Advanced Stop Reservoirs strung across the tracks. It will be a matter of days before another cyclist is brought down here.

    I'm appalled.

    1. bernadette54 22 months ago | reply

      Lethal! I'm not cycling down that death trap!

    2. the Magnificent Octopus 22 months ago | reply

      Transport Convenor Lesley Hings says that Princes St is "nearly ready for... bikes"! I wonder which bit they showed her? Both the council and Edinburgh Trams dept. are on record with STV News saying that it's really not safe to cycle here, insinuate it's your own fault if you come to harm local.stv.tv/edinburgh/108592-council-says-bike-lane-betw... They say it's not a cycle lane, yet they've painted, marked and signed it as such!

    3. ben_vogelsang 18 months ago | reply

      How about this solution ( firing squad for those responsible- best) Second best solution, remove the metal lines, put in a cycle dedicated lane, and have it continue up Lothian road to the Meadows, up the bridges, down Leith walk, up Queensferry Road. There is no excuse for placing pedestrians, cyclist in with buses, taxis AND trams. Ferkin' MAD. Put the tram line on the periphery, like on the ring road, or in the sea.

      Government, and hence our objective is CYCLING NUMBER ONE, NOT "YOUR NUMBERS UP" !! Look up Facebook.Lance Bumstrong to make comments if you wish. A cycle dedicated blog.

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