rail track safety

Citizen activists request fixes to make streetcar tracks safer for cycling

Avatar by on December 13th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

The Eastside Streetcar Loop project has radically transformed Portland streets and citizen activists think more should be done to improve bike safety.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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In Seattle, bike crashes on streetcar tracks lead to lawsuit

Avatar by on June 1st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Bicycle Master Plan ride #3

Mixing with streetcar tracks
in Northwest Portland.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports today that six people who crashed while biking across streetcar tracks are now suing the city for negligence because more was not done to make the tracks safe:

“Six cyclists who crashed while crossing the South Lake Union Streetcar tracks are suing the city of Seattle, claiming officials ignored hazards to pedal-power commuters.

All six were hurt when their tires got stuck in the flange way gap between the rail and street. They claim city officials were negligent in designing the tracks and knew of the risks but failed to post warning signs until after several people had been hurt, according to the lawsuit, filed last week in King County Superior Court.”

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In-Depth: Where bikes and streetcar collide (Part One)

Avatar by on February 5th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Libby Tucker

[Publisher’s note: This article is by BikePortland’s In-Depth reporter Libby Tucker. Tucker is a freelance journalist whose stories have been published by the Associated Press, MSNBC.com, The Oregonian, and others. She was most recently a staff writer for the Daily Journal of Commerce where she covered transportation, construction and energy. She is also the author of the blog, Naked Energy and is a regular contributor to the NYTimes.com blog, Green Inc. This will be a two-part story (read Part Two here).]


The streetcar tracks and bike lane on NW Lovejoy.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Mixing bikes and transit: BTA launches survey

Avatar by on April 7th, 2008 at 9:37 am

Bikes navigate streetcar tracks
near South Waterfront.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With Portland’s streetcar plans heating up, and a recent TriMet bus/bike collision that claimed the life of a Beaverton boy, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) wants to know more about your experiences and comfort level when biking around transit.

The BTA, in partnership with the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association’s Bike Committee, launched a survey this morning to learn more about biking conditions in the metro area specifically around bus routes and streetcar/MAX tracks.[Read more…]

TriMet confirms study of bike/MAX crossings

Avatar by on September 27th, 2007 at 10:56 am

[Post updated: 9/27, 11:42am]

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E. Burnside and 97th:
The tracks where Sharon fell.
Photo: Jim O’Horo

At a meeting last week of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), TriMet Communications Manager Josh Collins shared details of TriMet’s plans to review 32 locations where bike paths and bike lanes cross MAX tracks.

The review makes good on a promise made by TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen to Sharon Fekety. Fekety broke her arm in three places when she slipped and fell while riding across a MAX track at I-205 and Burnside last March.

Since the incident, Fekety has been persistently lobbying TriMet to take a closer look at improving safety at that, and similar crossings. She maintains her initial claim that a greasy lubricant on the tracks (applied by TriMet) was the cause of her fall. TriMet has confirmed they use a lubricant, but they deny it was ever applied on or near the location where Fekety went down.
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TriMet clarifies dangerous crossing warning

Avatar by on May 23rd, 2007 at 8:32 am

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The tracks where Sharon fell.
Photo: Jim O’Horo

Sharon Fekety, the woman who broke her arm in three places after slipping on a MAX track, continues to push TriMet to improve the safety of track crossings for cyclists.

In the latest round in her saga, she has received another letter from TriMet GM Fred Hansen. In the letter, Hansen says they have decided to add more language about bike crossings to their official Administrative Rules and to the bike safety page on their website.

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MAX tracks claim another victim

Avatar by on March 23rd, 2007 at 10:56 am

I just heard that long-time bike advocate, Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee member, and former Alice B. Toeclips Award winner (1999), Sharon Fekety fractured her arm in three places after wiping out on a pair of MAX train tracks last week.[Read more…]