Photo: Streetcar crashes reminder of track danger
I’ve been getting used to the streetcar tracks and how to navigate. I might have even been getting a little complacent about them.
Last week I witnessed my first streetcar crash and saw the aftermath of a second, which served as a reminder that one mistake can lead to a crash.
In both cases the bike riders who crashed were
University of Arizona students. (See the comment from the father of the young man.)
In the first the young woman was crossing the tracks on Second Street to make a left turn onto Park Avenue. She crossed the tracks at a shallow angle and was thrown from her beach cruiser.
She was unharmed, but her bike was broken and unridable, though repairable.
The second, was less clear because I rode past the crash after it happened, though it seemed more serious.
According to a comment from the young man’s father in the comment section below the tracks took him down after avoiding a motorist who was driving toward him and then drove away after the crash.
Living Street Alliance launched a crash reporting tool on their website more than a year ago. So far they have received 70 reports.
I’m glad the people I saw weren’t seriously harmed, but it is a reminder that the tracks are dangerous.