Streetcar and railway tracks can be dangerous. Crossing at the wrong angle, you can catch your wheel in a track and fall. Always cross tracks at right angles. This also applies to slots or cracks in the pavement and sewer grates that may catch a bike wheel.
Your lane position to cross streetcar tracks at a right angle will depend on the angle of the tracks, and the grade of the road. Shoulder check and signal your intentions to road users behind you.
When crossing streetcar tracks slow down, as much as you need to. Stop pedalling, put your cranks in a position horizontal to the ground, Shift your weight from sitting on your saddle, so that you are using your arms and legs to help balance on your bike, this way you can absorb the bump by using your arms and legs instead of bouncing on your seat.
If you are not comfortable riding over the tracks, because there are multiple tracks at an intersection, difficult track angles, or because of traffic, pull over to the curb, dismount and cross the intersection as a pedestrian.
Streetcar tracks become more slippery when wet. Use caution riding in the rain, or in winter weather
Learn more tips for winter weather riding.
Passing / Stopping Behind Streetcars
By law, you must pass streetcars on the right. When they stop to pick up or let off passengers, you must stop two metres behind the rear door until all passengers have boarded and disembarked on the sidewalk.
When TTC passengers are getting off the streetcar, wait for them to cross to the sidewalk before passing.