28 July 2014

A new video highlighting safety tips for cyclists has been launched ahead of tram testing on the new tram routes in Nottingham.

The short film features members of local cycling groups and is part of a wider safety campaign by NET Phase Two construction contractor, Taylor Woodrow Alstom.

Michael Anderson, Taylor Woodrow Alstom Project Director, explained: “Trams are an inherently safe form of transport, and for the past decade cyclists and trams have co-existed on Nottingham’s streets since the introduction of NET Line One.

“However, with trams set to be tested on the new lines to Chilwell and Clifton over the summer, we wanted to remind cyclists of a few simple precautions they need to take in areas where they operate.”

The video – which was shot by local film students – has been produced alongside a new information leaflet. Both can be viewed on this website in the ‘Think Safe, Stay Safe’ section.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, said: “Although trams are a common sight in Nottingham, they are new to a number of areas. Therefore, it’s important that the message gets out about cycling safely on and around the expanded tram network.

“As a keen cyclist myself, I am very aware of how important it is to pay attention to road signs, cross tram tracks carefully and at an angle and to take notice of my surroundings. This film is a great reminder for other cyclists to do the same.”

One of the cycling organisations involved in the video was RideWise, and spokesperson Gary Smerdon-White commented: “This is a very exciting time for the development of the local transport system but many cyclists to the south and west of the city are now encountering tram tracks for the first time and, as the video shows, they need to respect the risks and concentrate fully when crossing the tracks, especially in the wet.”