Edinburgh cyclist killed :(
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Have just read the awful news that a cyclist was killed in Edinburgh this morning after her wheel got caught in the tram tracks. She fell and was hit by a minibus. Just horrendous.
It's horrible. I was cycling near that part of Edinburgh earlier this week and it's totally rubbish for cycling; navigating a road layout almost solely designed for motor traffic whilst worrying about traffic behind you and the rails under you makes for a hectic and dangerous mix.
A lot of people are angry that this was predicted before the trams went in and then even more so from the accumulation of injuries from when the lines were put in. And now someone has been killed. Heck I'm angry - stinks of negligence.
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I've only cycled there once but I completely agree with you; awful for cycling. Even without the tram lines to negotiate it's bad, but add them in to the mix along with the majority of drivers not understanding the added risks they pose to cyclists and this was sadly inevitable.
So many thoughts going through my head on this.
There's a lot of focus - and rightly so - on the tram lines and what would seem to be clear culpability on the part of the council. But there's also the minibus driver. The news articles are all very sympathetic, talking about how 'distressed', 'shaken' and 'upset' the driver is. But setting aside what caused the cyclist to fall, after she fell she was run over. There are other explanations, but the most likely would seem (in my experience) to be that the driver was either following too closely or overtaking without giving enough room. I hope that with the justified attention being given to the tram lines, the driver's involvement isn't overlooked in the investigation.
I wrote about this, and agree it's a grim, grim situation that should never have happened.
The only reason I'm keeping quiet about the driving is that the road is dual-laned at that point, and you could potentially be driving alongside someone in the next lane and have them thrown into your lane.
I doubt that's what happened, but the root cause of this is solely at the feet of Edinburgh Council.
For those who wish to read @DarkerSide blog: https://www.darkerside.org/2017/05/death-tram-tracks/
Symptomatic of "We must preserve motor traffic capacity at all costs"
I believe it was that junction where Arnold Swartzeneger rode up Lothian Rd from the wrong direction: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-35371230/arnold-schwarzenegger-sets-off-cycling-on-the-wrong-side
Goes to show how tourist friendly Edinburgh is for cycling - why bother with a witch tour when you can jump on a bike and experience the terror of cycling in Edinburgh
An event has been organised: https://citycyclingglasgow.com/topic/53/2017-06-07-tram-tracks-death-silence-lament