Rail Tracks Can Be Dangerous for Cyclists, But Seattle Gets it Right


Simple but Clever
My friend Clarence Eckerson gives this context for his most recent video: "Unfortunately, it's something I've seen even the most experienced cyclist do: wipe out while crossing a set of train tracks. As many of you know, you need to maneuver your bike's angle of approach so that you hit the rails as perpendicular as possible. But even knowing that, some demon riders don't slow enough to sashay properly, and heck: poor newbies have no idea how the road's mathematics work until it's too late!" But it looks like Seattle's DOT has found a good way to minimize this problem (at least until a bike path that doesn't cross train tracks can be built), and I'm hoping that other cities' Department of Transportation are paying attention. Via StreetFilms

Tags: Seattle | Transportation