Humza Yousaf is to meet safety campaigners after a cyclists whose bike got stuck in tram tracks died
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her “heartfelt sympathies” to the 24-year-old woman’s family as a top lawyer claimed the city council had “ignored warnings” of the dangers.
The cyclist fell off her bike when it became stuck in tram tracks on Princes Street at the junction with Lothian Road on Wednesday. She was then hit by a minibus and died in hospital.
A leading lawyer claimed almost 200 cyclists have been hurt in tram-related accidents in the Capital.
Brenda Mitchell, of Cycle Law Scotland, said: “The issue with tram tracks and their safety has been highlighted since the installation of the trams.”
She highlighted figures from Prof Chris Oliver, the head of the trauma unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
In March, he produced statistics which suggested 191 cyclists were -injured in incidents linked to the tram tracks. Ms Mitchell said the casualties included 64 fractures, of which 29 required surgery.
Nicola Sturgeon sent her ‘heartfelt sympathies’ to the 24-year-old woman’s family
The issue with tram tracks and their safety has been highlighted since the installation of the trams
However, a spokeswoman for City of Edinburgh Council said cycle safety was of “utmost importance”. She added: “We have gone to every effort to raise awareness of the impact of the tram on all road users.”
During First Minister’s Questions, Green MSP Alison Johnstone said: “Can I ask the First Minister what action the Government is taking to aid the inquiry into this devastating accident.
"And whether the First Minister and her Transport Minister will meet the many groups and individuals who have been calling for safe conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in Edinburgh and across Scotland for many years to ensure no other family has to bear such an appalling loss?”
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The cyclist fell off her bike when it became stuck in tram tracks in Edinburgh
Ms Sturgeon replied: “Firstly, can I convey my heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the cyclist who so tragically lost their life in -Edinburgh yesterday.”
The First Minister added: “The relevant minister would be willing to meet cycling groups, not just in Edinburgh but across the country, to look at what further action we can take to make sure cycling, which is an activity we want to encourage, is as safe as it possibly can be for everyone.”
Ms Johnstone later said: “It is terrible that it often takes such shocking events to prompt a rethink of how we plan our infrastructure.
“I’m pleased the First Minister agreed to my request that the Transport Minister meets campaign groups to discuss what can be done to prevent any further injuries or loss of life.”