It’s great news that the tram extension has come to Beeston but for cyclists it brings a few things to consider as new road layouts and tram infrastructure open up. Safer cycling around tram tracks is crucial if accidents are to be avoided. To help prepare, TravelRight Broxtowe held training sessions on cycling around tracks, which covered everything from how to cross over the tracks safely to tips on good road positioning.
The sessions were a part of Nottingham’s European Mobility Week programme that took place throughout Broxtowe Borough and the Nottingham urban area. At sessions held on 18th and 20th September, riders were treated to a free cake and coffee from Belle & Jerome and The Flying Goose, courtesy of sponsorship from NET.
The Mayor of Broxtowe Borough, Councillor Stan Heptinstall attended a session to show his support and encourage more local people to take advantage of training on offer. After chatting to participants, the Mayor got on a bike to join in the fun.
“I think the training was an excellent opportunity for everyone to find out about the few simple rules we all need to follow. It is important to know how to be safe on a bicycle whilst still being able to have fun” said the Executive Director of TravelRight, Gary Smerdon-White.
“I am pleased that TravelRight was able to offer this training to the people of Broxtowe Borough and that we helped with community safety in some way.”
Twenty two people attended the sessions which were held in the evening and at the weekend, to be accessible for the working population who use their bike to commute.
Jamie Swift, NET Marketing Manager, commented: “We are delighted to have supported this training as we’re committed to ensuring the safety of all road users as the tram network expands to Chilwell and Clifton. This latest initiative complements our own efforts to remind cyclists of a few simple precautions they need to take in areas where trams operate.”
NET were a sponsor of the training and recognise the needs of cyclists, and Sustrans Ucycle assisted with the promotion.
To watch a short clip on tram safety for cyclists, visit http://www.thetram.net/videos/
For further information about what went on throughout European Mobility Week visit www.thebigwheel.org.uk/emw