Streetcar tracks major cause of serious downtown cycling crashes

CBC News reported on UBC and Ryerson University research that found one-third of bike crashes in downtown Toronto were linked to streetcar tracks.

Fifteen per cent of the track-related crashes in the study involved left turns. Kay Teschke, a professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, said those findings contradict vehicular cycling, which teaches cyclists to act like motor vehicles.

“It may be a big mistake, at least when streetcar tracks are involved,” Teschke told the Globe and Mail. “What we recommend is trying to make a two-stage left turn, which is what every pedestrian does. You cross one intersection and then you cross the other.”

The research was also featured on Yahoo News Canada, CP 24News 1130, CKNW, Georgia Straight, Indo-Canadian Voice, and 24 Hours Vancouver.