200 Cyclists killed or injured by Edinburgh trams from 2009-2016

Over 200 cyclists have been injured by city trams in Edinburgh since May 2009, with at least one incident resulting in death.

EN4 News spoke to the author of the report, Edinburgh University’s Professor Chris Oliver. He said:

“The Tram System was poorly designed. No consideration of the needs of cyclists. The infrastructure should segregate cyclists away from trams.”

As a former surgeon, Professor Oliver has seen first-hand what the damage these trams can do. The study highlights that ‘the risks [of cyclists] are further increased by other factors such as on-street parked cars, the absence of dedicated cycling infrastructure and heavy traffic’.

Edinburgh Trams | Image Credit: STV

It also found that ‘almost two-thirds of respondents in this study reported that the incident occurred while commuting.’ This primarily occurs when cyclists feel pressured by motorists to go onto the tramlines.

So what can be done to ensure their safety?

Oliver believes segregated infrastructure is key in bringing about change and security to cyclists. He also told EN4 News that he agrees with Spokes’ tramline safety measures, which is a four phase plan to make tramlines safer for cyclists.

The study of ‘Tram System Related Cycling Injuries’ was conducted in light of the death of 23 years old Malaysian medical student, Zhi Min Soh.

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