Streetcar Safety: Tips For Riding
Whether you’re a bicyclist, pedestrian or motorist, following a few general safety tips will ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable experience.
Did You Know…
- Streetcars are very quiet.
- Streetcars sound warning bells and horns when necessary.
- There are no fences or barriers separating streetcars from cars, bikes or pedestrians.
- Streetcars cannot swerve to avoid obstacles – they run on tracks.
- Streetcars sometimes have their own traffic signals and can cross the street when other vehicles cannot.
- Only cross streetcar tracks at marked crosswalks or intersections.
- Always look both ways when crossing streetcar tracks.
- When crossing tracks with wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers, cross at a right angle to avoid getting wheels stuck in the track groove.
- Remove headphones and put down phones so you can hear streetcar warning bells and horns.
- Cross streetcar tracks at a right angle to avoid falling. Because the track groove is just slightly wider than the typical bike tire, your tire could get stuck.
- Don’t ride on top of the rails! Your wheels may get stuck in the track groove.
- Use bike lanes and marked bike crossings, where available. Avoid riding in the streetcar lane.
- Consider walking your bike across streetcar tracks when they are wet or icy, as tracks can be slippery.
- Don’t enter lanes reserved exclusively for streetcars. These lanes are marked with signs and changes in pavement.
- Use clear hand signals so that streetcars and other drivers are aware of your intentions.
- Be prepared to stop behind streetcars. Streetcars stop in lane to pick up passengers.
- Never stop, idle, or park your vehicle in the streetcar’s path or in protected bike lanes.
- Be careful when tracks are wet or icy – they could be slippery.
- Look out for pedestrians running to catch a streetcar or getting off a streetcar and crossing the road.
- If you have a fender bender over a streetcar track, clear the track, move into a parking lane or other protected place, if it is safe to do so.
- Before opening your car door, check to see if a streetcar is coming.
- Don’t place items in the streetcar’s path when loading and unloading.