Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

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Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby B6868 » 17 Feb 2019, 11:30am

Hello
I was wondering how Manchester cyclists negotiate the crossing of the tram lines at this location..?

I have attached a few photographs both in a westerly direction looking towards the Etihad stadium one reverse angle to indicate the lack of an alternative cycle route across what I consider to be a hazardous section of the tram line.

Does anybody commute to Manchester using this route and if so what was your experience.?

Thanks in anticipation..
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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby RickH » 18 Feb 2019, 8:37pm

I'm not a commuter but, when I go between the city & the vicinity of the Ethiad (or, more likely the National Cycling Centre), I almost always use the Ashton Canal towpath, which ends a couple of hundred yards from the bottom of the station approach at Piccadilly.

The Rochdale isn't too bad either (having ridden all the way out to Rochdale that way the other week) although the towpath is a bit narrow in parts around Ancoats/New Islington.

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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby Mick F » 18 Feb 2019, 8:43pm

We've had discussion regarding tram lines a few times on here.
I have commuted into Portsmouth Dockyard, Devonport Dockyard, Rosyth Dockyard, and Clyde Submarine Base when I was in the RN. Many rail tracks as well as crane tracks. Points, curves, crossings, the lot. Lethal if you're not careful.

The only way to stay upright, is to cross the lines at an angle. Do not go alongside them. Weave in and out over them and don't follow them parallel. If you can't, you MUST take a different route.
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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby foxyrider » 19 Feb 2019, 8:54am

We have some similar bits in Sheffield - at one point there's even a warning sign for cyclists! :lol:

In dry weather, as long as you cross at at least 30 degrees to the rail it's generally okay but in the wet I want to be closer to 45 degree minimum.

Of course that's fine if the rails are straight but we have some where the rails are on a turn where you cross them. I came off back in 2017 due to this, crossed first rails at okay angle but second set were much tighter and no chance to adjust between them.

I try to avoid the on road tram routes if it's possible or adjust my route to avoid the dodgy crossings.
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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby mig » 19 Feb 2019, 9:46pm

i don't cross these lines here but do cross the same one further up towards ashton under lyne (where the tracks run along the main road for miles.)

lethal things when wet especially, unavoidable in places.

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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby B6868 » 21 Feb 2019, 1:24pm

Thanks everybody..
I guess the best thing to stay upright then is to avoid..i certainly will be in the future .. :)

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Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

Postby RickH » 21 Feb 2019, 8:43pm

Wider tyres help - I seldom ride on anything narrower than (nominally) 40mm these days - but I don't ride places with tram tracks very much, last time was the middle of January in Rochdale (with Snow Studs on the bike).