Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 19 May 2019, 8:59pm

Using a phone in public should be illegal.
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Mike Sales » 19 May 2019, 9:03pm

Lance Dopestrong wrote:Using a phone in public should be illegal.


OK in a Giles Gilbert Scott designed box?

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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 19 May 2019, 9:05pm

If you can find one that isn't ankle deep in wee wee.
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Mike Sales » 19 May 2019, 9:07pm

Lance Dopestrong wrote:If you can find one that isn't ankle deep in wee wee.


There are fewer and fewer, dry or wet, these days.

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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby brynpoeth » 19 May 2019, 9:43pm

mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:What about Oxford? :wink:
Using a phone while cycling certainly should be illegal

But why? It seems pretty harmless, unlike phoney driving. Is it because you want fewer cyclists?

Seems obviously dangerous and stupid, a no-brainer
People who are caught telephoning could be banned from cycling (and driving), a great way to reduce traffic

Where I live there are too many cyclists and too little space. I wish they would upgrade to 'Mercedes Plus Chauffeur' (bus)
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby brynpoeth » 19 May 2019, 9:49pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Using a phone in public should be illegal.


OK in a Giles Gilbert Scott designed box?

They are all being converted to book exchange stations, nearly a dozen near me :wink:
Seriously, I read that many people walk whole telephoning, I cannae do that, two things at once
Could have been the Grauniad mind (six impossible things before breakfast) :wink:
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby mjr » 20 May 2019, 8:33am

brynpoeth wrote:
mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:What about Oxford? :wink:
Using a phone while cycling certainly should be illegal

But why? It seems pretty harmless, unlike phoney driving. Is it because you want fewer cyclists?

Seems obviously dangerous and stupid, a no-brainer

Loads of stuff seems "obviously dangerous" that isn't. Many people would put cycling on roads in that category and they're also wrong. When a death is even tenuously phone-related (hitting a pothole after taking a selfie, for example), it is headline news, a freak event. Can you show much evidence that it's dangerous?
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Audax67 » 20 May 2019, 8:38am

Using a phone on the bike is illegal here, as is listening to music via anything that covers or plugs the ears.

To be honest, I fully expect that one day they'll make it illegal to drink from a bidon while moving*, or even, by the time-honoured principle of lex asino est, make it obligatory to keep both hands on the bars at all times, even when signalling.

* I wouldn't advise drinking from a bidet while moving, either.
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby mjr » 20 May 2019, 9:14am

Audax67 wrote:Using a phone on the bike is illegal here, as is listening to music via anything that covers or plugs the ears.

And yet motorists are allowed to put their ears in a closed glass and metal box?

Which law bans phone use while cycling? I've not seen warnings about this latest French legal silliness.

* I wouldn't advise drinking from a bidet while moving, either.

Why not?
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby NUKe » 20 May 2019, 9:23am

I wouldn't advise drinking from A bidet while stationary even if you are in the bathroom
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 20 May 2019, 9:25am

Hi,
mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Throw the book at him, prosecute for several offences
I have taken to singing 'Mae hen wlad fy nhadau', the Welsh national anthem, as loudly as possible if I find myself near a telephoning PoB, that should disturb them :wink:

Why? What harm are they doing you? I ring my bell rather loudly if they're cycling at me or in a way that will conflict with me (or maybe someone else) unnecessarily, but other than that, I let them be.

I have had same said cyclist coming at me on the wrong side of the path looking at the phone, Two even unfit cyclists meeting head-on gives a high terminal velocity, Not a lot of time to do anything but shout and brake.
I have also had two cars coming at me on the wrong side of the road whilst texting, a car meeting a cyclist you have very little time barely even think.
Next time I meet a cyclist on my side of the path Or even Road I might resort To another line of defence/offence.
a bell is pretty useless in this type of incident.

Edited – my guy was also riding with no hands.
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby mjr » 20 May 2019, 9:45am

NUKe wrote:I wouldn't advise drinking from A bidet while stationary even if you are in the bathroom

Groan. That's just making fun of dyslexics. :P
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby mjr » 20 May 2019, 9:50am

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
mjr wrote:Why? What harm are they doing you? I ring my bell rather loudly if they're cycling at me or in a way that will conflict with me (or maybe someone else) unnecessarily, but other than that, I let them be.

I have had same said cyclist coming at me on the wrong side of the path looking at the phone, Two even unfit cyclists meeting head-on gives a high terminal velocity, Not a lot of time to do anything but shout and brake.

Yep, looking at a phone too long is careless, but I've had more trouble from people looking down at maps or sat navs than merely talking on phones.

a bell is pretty useless in this type of incident.

Really? I've found that ringing while braking (hoping to stop and brace) often wakes them into at least swerving - which is why I stop rather than swerve, as Murphy dictates we'd swerve the same way.

Edited – my guy was also riding with no hands.

Yeah, that's a problem if he's got no footbrake.
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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby Bmblbzzz » 20 May 2019, 10:44am

brynpoeth wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Using a phone in public should be illegal.


OK in a Giles Gilbert Scott designed box?

They are all being converted to book exchange stations, nearly a dozen near me :wink:

Yes, conversion to book boxes or local item exchanges is common for the classic red (grey, green or cream) telephone boxes, but the number of new phone boxes in urban areas is increasing. Not that the companies installing them expect anyone to use the phones; they're a loophole in the advertising regulations.

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Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Postby The utility cyclist » 20 May 2019, 6:54pm

brynpoeth wrote:Telephoning while cycling is obviously dangerous to others, the rider is not in full control of the machine
I hope my singing is so bad it shocks them into dropping the phone which smashes on the ground

Needs to be nipped in the bud, one sees plenty of teenagers on the phone, doubtless they do not reform when they start driving

Is it, why is it "obvious", to whom, not me it isn't. If you're saying that about people on bikes then it's even more applicable to people on foot.

But let us have the stats for the incidents relating to phone using cyclists? I can already tell you that they (phone using cyclists) haven't killed anyone in the last 7 years, I can already tell you that any serious injuries that they may have caused will be less than what pedestrians cause to themselves (because the total number of serious injuries between peds and cyclists is just over 40 a year at last count and I don't think that's all blame to cyclists)

I go back to visit my folks every 5-6 weeks in the North and use a specific route from the railway station through an industrial estate, you can guarantee there will be at least one guy on a bike rolling up a rizla whilst having a phone conversation. I've yet to hear of ciggy rolling/phone holding cyclists having killed or maimed anyone.

I don't usually use my phone when cycling but I have a couple of times since I got a SMART phone 7 years ago, one was Saturday on the estate loop road a few hundred yards from home whilst doing circa 10mph with no vehicles and no pedestrians in sight. I sent a 4 word text, I'd say I was in more control of my cycle and aware of what was going on around me sending a text than 99.99% of motorists when they have absolutely zero distractions, IMHO I'd say I was less of a potential threat than any/all motorists actually driving in the UK, remember motorists can casually/carelessly kill with just a 'moments inattention' and do so with great regularity even with no phone, that can't be said for people on bicycles can it?