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Bikers say streetcar tracks require a specific approach so you don't get hurt

Posted at 9:48 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 13:41:48-04

If you've ever ridden your bike downtown, you most likely have come across the streetcar tracks.

A court ruled against a woman who sued after she was hurt while riding her bike over streetcar tracks in Tucson.

Her case made it to the 9th Circuit Court but ruled against her. The Living Streets Alliance says 86 people reported being hurt in 2014 from the Streetcar tracks.

Robert Soto says, "I try to steer clear of those, the tracks."

There are numerous caution traffic signs throughout Downtown, and the recent court ruling means if you're hurt, it's probably you're own fault.

Elijah Katriel and Agostino Minter are from Boston, but they've been living in Tucson for the past four months. Katriel says you just have to "stay aware of the tracks because I've only ever fallen or gotten my front wheel went in the slit once and I sort of vaulted over my handlebars. I wasn't hurt, but there's definitely the chance that can happen."

Katriel and Minter both agree that you have to take a unique way of approaching the Streetcar tracks. They said it's best to take it at a sharp angle. The two compared it to running over hot coals or imagining something like that when you're little. 

SunLink says bicyclists were kept in mind when plans for the tracks were drawn. They are advising people to be aware of the signs across town and to cross the tracks in perpendicularly.