May 15, 2015

Bike Safety Tips for a Smooth Ride Along Streetcar Route

Five easy tips for cyclists to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride

CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) are asking bicyclist to be mindful of five easy bike safety tips when riding along the streetcar route.

Streetcar bike safety tips:

1. Be a safe cyclist – always wear a helmet and other protective gear when riding.
2. Look and listen…never cross in front of a moving streetcar.
3. Walk your bike across tracks or cross at a 90 degree angle; be careful – rails may be slippery when wet.
4. Beware of the door zone – watch for motorists opening vehicle doors into your travel space as you pass; don’t swerve into the path of other vehicles or the track gap.
5. Look for signs along the streetcar route reminding cyclists about the track gap, particularly when turning corners onto the streetcar route.

“Cincinnati is becoming increasingly bike-friendly and we want to ensure that riders are aware of these simple safety tips that can help them avoid potential falls or damage to their bikes when riding along the streetcar route,” said Metro’s System Safety Director T.J. Thorn.

Streetcar-bike safety awareness information is being shared on social media and at events throughout the city. SORTA and the City are also working with bike organizations like Queen City Bike and Red Bike to help educate cyclists about these safety tips.

Queen City Bike is offering free streetcar safety clinics every second Saturday of the month through October at 10 a.m. in Washington Park. Cyclists will learn how to safely ride adjacent to the streetcar tracks, as well as the proper way to cycle over the tracks.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year.

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