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Texting while peddling

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri May 14, 2010 5:40 pm

Wisconsin just enacted a ban on texting while driving. Since traffic laws apply to bicyclists on public streets, I assume this law will also apply to them. And they would be easy to spot.

Why am I posting this? Because a rocket scientist on a bike, with head down while punching keys and looking at his phone's screen, nearly became road pizza today. Of course, no helmet.

I'm just glad I didn't become a pizza maker.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby massimo » Fri May 14, 2010 5:57 pm

And those texting door-to-door salespeople, don't EVEN get me started on them.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby towanda » Wed May 19, 2010 6:44 am

I yelled at some cyclist yesterday because he was ignoring traffic signals and I nearly hit him while making a left turn.

I'm not anti-cyclist. I'm anti-ignoring-traffic-signals, no matter what kind of vehicle you're operating.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby Walter » Wed May 19, 2010 8:50 am

We can't let natural selection run its course if we keep interfering.

Text and pedal away, I say.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby snoqueen » Wed May 19, 2010 10:32 am

Or go for the trifecta: text, pedal, and SMOKE.

I love seeing someone smoke on a bicycle. It's rare, like seeing
a snipe, but so totally contradictory it always cracks me up. Like
biking is this health and environment thing, and smoking is so not.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby rabble » Wed May 19, 2010 10:58 am

snoqueen wrote:Or go for the trifecta: text, pedal, and SMOKE.

I love seeing someone smoke on a bicycle. It's rare, like seeing
a snipe, but so totally contradictory it always cracks me up. Like
biking is this health and environment thing, and smoking is so not.

The smokers I see on bikes are usually pulling into or out of tavern parking lots.

I smoked when I lived in Beloit and rode my bike all over. It was usually as fast as the car because I could cut through yards, ignore traffic signals and park anywhere, and I could be as plastered as I wanted to get and still hop on that sucker and go home. Smoking a cigarette. And I was fine.

Well... there was that one time I woke up in the front yard ten feet from the street, with my bike between my legs and all those people driving by on their way to church and me looking like I had just crawled out from under the bridge, but that was just the one time.

But I didn't ride the bike for my health. It was just cheap transport and a way to get around the DUI laws.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby wallrock » Wed May 19, 2010 11:31 am

When I was in college I used to occasionally smoke while on my bike, sometimes with a twelver of PBR hanging from each handlebar. I also would listen to my discman at loud levels most of the time. I was an idiot college student. I didn't get a cell phone until the year I graduated so I never was a texter-peddler, but I'm sure I would have done it had the opportunity arose.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby green union terrace chair » Wed May 19, 2010 12:05 pm

Just wait until the new iPhones come out this summer with video calling.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby ArturoBandini » Wed May 19, 2010 3:51 pm

I don't see what's wrong with texting while peddling.
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Re: Texting while peddling

Postby fisticuffs » Wed May 19, 2010 3:57 pm

I assume this law will also apply to them.


Wisconsin Statute 65.6:
Texting while Peddling? That's a paddlin'.
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