By Karen Newman
Local cyclist, cycle trainer and bike-ability provider
Published: 7th May 2017

Railway level crossings for cyclists

Beware of railway level crossings! On some of them, the rails cross the road at an oblique angle making it very possible that bike tyres can get stuck in the rails, throwing the cyclist off.

Ones to particularly watch out for:

Garve heading out west on the A835 which is signed that cyclists MUST dismount and walk across;

Balnacra on the A890 between Achnasheen and Lochcarron which is not signed but has been known to catch unwary cyclists.

There are more on the east coast which may present a similar hazard.

If you do attempt to cycle over a crossing, manoeuvre to cross at as close to a right angle to the rail tracks as possible, but watch out for other traffic which may not be expecting such unusual behaviour!

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