The post about being passed by the streetcar on Fourth Avenue generated a significant discussion and even a story on KVOA.
It also garnered a response from the streetcar team about their safety training related to bicycles.
Here’s the email response to a streetcar officials about the training drivers get from Sun Link operations manager Cleve Cleveland:
Just wanted to follow up with you to ensure you that we do train and enforce the requirement to allow 3 feet of clearance for bicyclist. I have shared this video and information with our staff to show what this looks like form a bicyclists perspective. We are committed to the utmost safety in our operation of the streetcar and sharing the road with bicycles. When taking complaints such as this it would be most helpful whenever possible to get an approximate time and vehicle number to assist us in our effort to ensure that the operator is trained appropriately. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
Interesting the very day the post came out and the day the drivers were shown the video, I had a streetcar come up behind me on University Boulevard. Instead of passing, it stayed behind me until it reached the next stop.
If you have an issue with a streetcar driver, be sure to record the location, time of day and if possible the number of the streetcar. You can report it to (520) 624-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you are interested, here is the video produced by KVOA.