Authorities in charge of the Luas tram line extension in Dublin have started to paint markings on streets with the aim of safely directing bicycle users across tracks.
The moves follows recent news of increasing amount of injures linked to bicycle wheels getting caught in or slipping on some of the new tram tracks laid in the city centre. IrishCycle.com also reported how crossing points of trams for general traffic, including bicycles, were cycling unfriendly.
The new tracks are part of the Luas Cross City project, an extension to the Luas green line from St Stephens Green to Broombridge via some of busiest streets in the city centre and Broadstone and the new DIT campus at Grangegorman.
The extension, which will use longer trams, is due to open at the end of 2017. Before the extension construction started, tram tracks had not run on large sections of main streets mixed with buses, bicycles and general traffic.
Images of a trial of the new crossing point markings were posted on Facebook by the Dublin Cycling Campaign yesterday evening:
The trial pictured above deals with a general crossing point on Parnell Street which we had highlighted as cycling unfriendly.
As one of our readers spotted last week, the new markings were hand painted:
— Jack (@halfdaft) January 26, 2017
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