Cyclist Ban in Scott Street

Filed under News, Transport ~ by Press on  15 Oct 2019

Cycling is banned along the tramway shared section of Scott Street.

"Mixed running" section of Newcastle’s light rail in Scott Street.

Executive Director for the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said cyclists will no longer be allowed to access the mixed running section of the Newcastle Light Rail along Scott Street.

Permanent signage will also be installed overnight to advise cyclists not to ride in that section of the light rail route,” Mr. Carlon said.

The review into the safety of cyclists on Scott Street had eight recommendations, including special signage, warnings, and research into technologies to prevent bicycle wheels being trapped in tram tracks.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the safety review was carried out following the tragic death of Danny Egan in July.

We extend our sincere condolences to Danny’s wife and to his three children,” Mr. Constance said

While NSW Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident and will provide a report to the Coroner, Transport for NSW has also conducted a review to see what can be done to improve safety.”

The NSW Government will adopt all eight recommendations made in the review.”

The safety review examined crash statistics, road user behaviour and existing road safety mechanisms.

Crash density map for crashes involving a cyclist since 1 July 2014.

Between 1 July, 2014 and 24 July 2019, 52 crashes have been reported involving a cyclist in and around the Newcastle city centre (selected crash area below). Of these, 19 were serious injury crashes and one was a fatal crash. A separate fatality occurred in March 2019 when a cyclist was struck by a truck, which was considered a pedestrian crash as the cyclist had dismounted from the bicycle.

The fatality on 10 July 2019 is the only reported crash along the mixed running alignment involving a cyclist.

Transport for NSW will continue to work with the City of Newcastle to identify an appropriate east-west cycle route through the city.

New warning signage and supporting road markings will be installed along the light rail network which will assist bike riders to cross the tracks at a safe angle.

Transport for NSW will also investigate new technologies which could be trialed in the future to help protect cyclists where they interact with light rail networks.

The review can be found at: (PDF document).

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