Pedestrians and cyclists face many obstacles and dangers when sharing roads with motorized traffic. Masses of cars packed along roadways do not provide the only challenge for walkers and bicycle riders. Subways, streetcars and other light-rail trains also pose dangers that require taking caution when approaching and crossing transit tracks. However, following these common-sense rules will ensure you make sure you cross safely.
Make a Proper Cycling Approach
Bicycle riders face a singular danger that pedestrians do not. Their tires can get stuck in the gap surrounding rails or slide along the rail’s side, leading to bone-breaking falls. Ideally, these gaps will be filled with flangeway fillers made of commercial grade rubber New Castle PA that eliminate the space. Otherwise, if you are on a bicycle (or motorcycle), approaching the tracks at a right angle or walking your bike across will save your skin.
When approaching a crossing, remove your earbuds and take your eyes off your smartphone. Otherwise, you may not become aware of an approaching train. In fact, when walking anywhere near traffic, you should stay visually and aurally alert under all circumstances.
Note Crossing Aids
Most official crossings have numerous safeguards in place: Warning lights, moving gates, instruction signs and tactile strips all serve to raise your awareness at these intersections. Avoid crossing rails at places other than at designated crossings, and respect the safety features in place at these locations.
Expect the Worst
An oncoming streetcar’s movement can be deceptive. Assume a train is coming at all times; it will hit you if you make an unsafe move, the operator will not see you darting across the tracks and the train will be unable to stop in time under any circumstances.
Time may be a precious commodity, but the few seconds you may save by rushing across a transit train’s crossing area is not worth the risk to your life. By always taking appropriate safety measures when approaching a light-rail train crossing, you will, like the chicken crossing the road, get to the other side.