A new medical study has deemed the scale of injuries to Dublin cyclists caused by the Luas line tram tracks to be a "significant public health issue". Independent.ie reports the review, published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science, into emergency department admissions over a two-year period found that 48 patients had suffered injuries after their bicycle got trapped in the city's on-road tracks.
The Luas tracks near College green were described as a "black spot" and accounted for 46 per cent of all incidents. Of the injuries reported, 60 per cent were a limb fracture, 14 per cent of which required othopaedic surgery.
Injuries to the shoulder (possibly collarbone related), hand and elbow were the most common and more than half of incidents happened during morning and evening commuting hours.
One of the authors, Olivia Smith, concluded the study "demonstrates that cycling in and around tram track lines or crossing tram track lines in Dublin city has inherent dangers".
A blog from Cycle Law Scotland this week also highlighted the continued dangers reported in Edinburgh, noting four successfully settled cases against The City of Edinburgh Council.
"All four cases involved cyclists who fell from their bicycles and sustained injury as a result of their wheel(s) becoming either stuck or slipping on the tram tracks at different locations within Edinburgh City Centre," the blog explained.
"A takeaway from the recently settled cases is that settlement is being agreed without the need for the case to be heard at Proof in Court. However, whilst offers are being made and settlements are being reached, liability is still being denied. Each case continues to be looked at on an individual basis once the case is raised in Court."
In September we reported the figures that 422 cyclists had fallen on the Scottish capital's tram lines since 2012 as a local cycling group claimed that safety improvements have come "slowly and too late".
During the same time more than £1.2 million had been paid out in compensation by the city's council in relation to the injuries.