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Cyclists paid £1.2m in Edinburgh tram line compensation

Cyclists paid £1.2m in Edinburgh tram line compensation

More than £1.2m has been paid out to cyclists who have fallen off their bike on Edinburgh’s tram line. New data shows a total of…

Wednesday, Sep 21

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More than £1.2m has been paid out to cyclists who have fallen off their bike on Edinburgh’s tram line.

New data shows a total of 196 successful claims have been made against Edinburgh City Council since 2012 by cyclists who sustained injuries or damage to their bike after slipping on tracks or getting wheels stuck.

In total there have been 422 accidents involving cyclists on tram tracks.

The vast majority of these occurred on Princes Street and around Haymarket.

Edinburgh City Council said it had made a series of safety improvements for cyclists crossing the tram lines in recent years.

But campaigners say these have come "slowly and too late". Cyclists win damages over Edinburgh tram track injuries

Cyclist dies after being hit by minibus following Edinburgh tram track fall Nurse tells of injuries after tram line fall In 2017 a cyclist died after her wheel became stuck in tram tracks and she fell into the path of a minibus in Princes Street.And in 2019 two cyclists won damages in a test civil legal case after they were thrown from their bikes while crossing tram tracks. Campaigners argued that cycle lanes should not cross the tram lines when the project was first proposed Prof Chris Oliver, of the Spokes Lothian Cycle Campaign, said: "I’m not unsurprised that trams system related cycling injuries continue."Spokes originally advised prior to the construction of the Edinburgh Tram line that the infrastructure should be protected and that cyclists should not be freely mixed with trams. […]

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