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"Near miss involving truck at Carlisle River in Victoria captured on dash cam," ABC News, 06 April 2016
A semi-trailer sliding around the corner, downhill, driven by someone who does an incredible job of keeping it upright and travelling forward - over a fallen tree and between a car and a truck.
driving  trucks  roads  hazards 
august 2016 by Wed7pm
STL Riverfront Times reporter writes about crashing his bike on the new @looptrolley streetcar tracks; @kcstreetcar situation similar| Riverfront Times
I rode in the middle of the lane, splitting the tracks — your average 49cc moped can reach speeds of roughly 40 mph, making it easy to keep up with traffic and therefore safer to take the whole lane while riding rather than stay to the right. I was very near to my destination when a discourteous vehicle decided to pass me on the left, drifting halfway into the turn lane to do so. Its other half was in my lane, dangerously close to my left handlebar.

Instinctively, I moved to the right to avoid getting clipped by the car (that's happened to me before too — it is not fun). In dodging the car, however, I drifted directly into the right-hand track, which promptly took hold of my tire and threw me entirely off-balance and entirely off my bike.

My right hand hit the ground first, promptly breaking my arm. But that wasn't all. Oh no. As my bike toppled over I did as well, rolling onto my back and bouncing my head off the pavement with such force it broke my helmet and left me in a daze for several hours. My teeth bit through my lip and blood poured down my face. The discourteous vehicle kept driving. I spent the night in the hospital.

MoBikeFed comment: As we have mentioned before, cyclists should avoid the streets in both Kansas City and St Louis that have recently installed light rail tracks.

Light rail and trolley systems can be an amazing asset to their communities, providing the kind of transportation choice that cyclists and pedestrians also like to see.

But the recent Kansas City streetcar and St Louis trolley systems have come with the installation of miles of track with a groove that is extraordinarily dangerous for cyclists. The track is installed on streets already popular for cycling, and the design of both the Kansas City and St. Louis systems was done in a way that emphasized--rather than ameliorated--that danger to cyclists.

We must find a way to install trolley and light rail systems in Missouri, and the U.S., that does not destroy bicycle safety and access on the affected streets.

In the meanwhile, cyclists need to be very aware that existing streetcar and trolley tracks in St. Louis and Kansas City are extremely dangerous for cyclists who ride the streets where the tracks are installed.

At this time, we can only warn Missouri bicyclists to stay well away from the new streetcar tracks in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Be aware that these streetcar tracks are FAR more dangerous to cyclists than most other railroad tracks you may have encountered, because:

- There are MILES of the tracks installed on roads in the center of the city, often frequented by bicyclists

- The miles of track are all parallel to bicyclist direction of travel--the most dangerous and difficult configuration

- The tracks are laid in such a way that they are difficult and dangerous to cross, and often trap cyclists into a very narrow portion of the lane, between two tracks or between the track and the gutter

- The tracks have a narrow groove that is just the size and shape of most road bicycle tires and will grab the front and/or REAR wheel of your bicycle if you try to cross parallel to the tracks

We suggest that cyclists take these measures:

- Choose other routes if you can.

- Always cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle; never less than a 75-80 degree angle; never cross tracks that are running parallel to your direction of travel.

- If you don't have room to turn to get the proper angle to cross the tracks, you will have to stop and lift your bicycle over the tracks. Yes, the tracks are that dangerous.

- The slots in these tracks are deep enough to grab either your front OR your rear wheel and cause you to have a serious fall.
streetcar  lightrail  kcstreetcar  looptrolley  cycling  safety  hazards 
june 2016 by mobikefed

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