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(STLToday)   Having solved all other problems, Illinois wants to ban texting while biking   (stltoday.com ) divider line
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2012-02-01 03:37:29 PM  
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2012-02-01 03:45:21 PM  
They should just start pushing for a driver's license for these twats...
 
2012-02-01 04:05:18 PM  
Makes sense to me. This should take about five minutes of the legislature's time.
 
2012-02-01 04:11:10 PM  
OK, but I doubt they'll get around to banning Morse while biking. And yes, it has been done...
 
2012-02-01 04:17:17 PM  
this one douche put a big dent in my right front panel doing just that. walked over to pick up his phone as he picked his bloody self up off the street and smashed it right in front of him for good measure.

/yeah, that never happened to me.
 
2012-02-01 04:36:24 PM  
If you want them to stop doing it, leave it legal and encourage it. When enough bike riders die as a result of not paying attention, they'll stop. Or they won't.

Either way, works for me.

/cyclist
//hates d-bag bike riders
 
2012-02-01 05:09:13 PM  
Hey, look. Cyclists want to use the roads but don't want to follow the same laws the rest of us have to follow. This is new!
 
2012-02-01 05:15:59 PM  
How the hell can one text while biking? I bike all the time, and consider myself pretty good at it (navigating tourists in the French Quarter develops some mad skillz.) But I could never manage to text for more than a few seconds without crashing into something or someone.
 
2012-02-01 05:58:34 PM  
Not only can you text while biking, but you can also do it while biking totally hands free, listening to headphones, and wearing all black with no lights/reflectors at twilight.

/saw this two days ago.
//I live in Chicago so I'd love to see this passed.
 
2012-02-01 06:02:12 PM  
I feel safer already.
 
2012-02-01 06:16:08 PM  
Hows about Illinois start focusing on the massive debt? Oh, and find a solution that isn't "MOAR TAXES!". We've done that, it's not working.
 
2012-02-01 06:16:58 PM  
How about just banning biking on public roads, making them safer for everyone?
 
2012-02-01 06:18:11 PM  
Okay, but can I still turn across two lanes of traffic without signaling, then ride up onto the sidewalk while yelling at people to get out of the way?

Good times.
 
2012-02-01 06:19:14 PM  

downstairs: How the hell can one text while biking? I bike all the time, and consider myself pretty good at it (navigating tourists in the French Quarter develops some mad skillz.) But I could never manage to text for more than a few seconds without crashing into something or someone.


But how are your friends going to know when poop is coming out? I'M MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVERYONE DAMMIT
 
2012-02-01 06:19:31 PM  

Creoena: How about just banning biking on public roads, making them safer for everyone?


oh lawd
 
2012-02-01 06:20:29 PM  
this seems like a problem that will solve itself.
 
2012-02-01 06:20:33 PM  
I can get behind the driving and texting ban. The damage a distracted driver can do is significant up to and including death of others.

But on bicycles? Come on... This sounds like a saving people from themselves busybody law.
 
2012-02-01 06:22:58 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: 2.bp.blogspot.com


As am I.

I nearly laughed at some guy texting on his bike as he was on the bike path and almost coasted right into traffic, except I would have been the one hitting him.
 
2012-02-01 06:23:32 PM  
You know when I thought I was really cool? When I was 16 and I rode my bike, drunk... to driver's ed class.

/wasn't actually cool
//totally cool now, 25 years later
 
2012-02-01 06:24:54 PM  

Super Chronic: You know when I thought I was really cool? When I was 16 and I rode my bike, drunk... to driver's ed class.

/wasn't actually cool
//totally cool now, 25 years later


Just to be clear, before everyone goes all Internet outrage-y on me, it was a classroom driver's ed class, not behind the wheel.
 
2012-02-01 06:25:26 PM  

Pancoaifo: I can get behind the driving and texting ban. The damage a distracted driver can do is significant up to and including death of others.

But on bicycles? Come on... This sounds like a saving people from themselves busybody law.


Exactly. I can't fathom a single scenario where someone on a bike could cause someone in a car to wreck. It isn't like they are using the same roads or anything, lol.
 
2012-02-01 06:25:53 PM  

snuff3r: Hey, look. Cyclists want to use the roads but don't want to follow the same laws the rest of us have to follow. This is new!


Yeah, those laws they're not paying too close attention to are built around the presumption of a 2 ton thing operated by somebody with little instinct for self preservation that can do a hell of a lot of damage to other things and people.

Bikes aren't cars. It does not make sense to hold them rigidly to the same standards.


/Bastards don't wear seatbelts, either.
 
2012-02-01 06:26:09 PM  

Super Chronic: Super Chronic: You know when I thought I was really cool? When I was 16 and I rode my bike, drunk... to driver's ed class.

/wasn't actually cool
//totally cool now, 25 years later

Just to be clear, before everyone goes all Internet outrage-y on me, it was a classroom driver's ed class, not behind the wheel.


damn right, the only one allowed to be drunk during the road test is the instructor.
 
2012-02-01 06:26:32 PM  

Sticky Hands: this seems like a problem that will solve itself.


Bob Slydell: " Well, just a second there, professor. We, uh, we fixed the *glitch*, it'll just work itself out naturally."


Bob Porter: "We always like to avoid confrontation, whenever possible. Problem is solved from your end."


www.elevenwarriors.com
 
2012-02-01 06:26:55 PM  
Yea, because if there's one thing we need in this world it's another perfectly sensible rule that idiots on bikes either ignore or don't have applied to them, right failmitter?

Farking bicyclists around here are already all over the goddamn road, running stop lights and signs and weaving through traffic without signaling their intentions, I can't imagine how much worse they'd be if they got to text on top of all that.
 
2012-02-01 06:28:11 PM  

cptjeff: Yeah, those laws they're not paying too close attention to are built around the presumption of a 2 ton thing operated by somebody with little instinct for self preservation that can do a hell of a lot of damage to other things and people.

Bikes aren't cars. It does not make sense to hold them rigidly to the same standards.


Exactly. I can't fathom a single scenario where someone on a bike could cause someone in a car to wreck. It isn't like they are using the same roads or anything, lol.

/won't do it again
//promise
 
2012-02-01 06:28:12 PM  
If nothing else, this can show that even a state legislation is capable of doing SOMETHING.

/hooray for bipartisanship!
 
2012-02-01 06:29:11 PM  
But texting while biking is so much less dangerous than texting while driving. It's not safe by any means, but it's safer. I do it on occasion.
 
2012-02-01 06:32:16 PM  

downstairs: How the hell can one text while biking? I bike all the time, and consider myself pretty good at it (navigating tourists in the French Quarter develops some mad skillz.) But I could never manage to text for more than a few seconds without crashing into something or someone.


I run into it all the time. Some fat asshole talking on their phone or texting while swerving all over the place. Its rather trivial to knock them over and get away.

/did it once
//felt good
 
2012-02-01 06:33:06 PM  
why do they hate my freedoms?

all I want to do is ride across a busy intersection while i try to type "WORD" to my buddy
 
2012-02-01 06:34:37 PM  

Pancoaifo: I can get behind the driving and texting ban. The damage a distracted driver can do is significant up to and including death of others.

But on bicycles? Come on... This sounds like a saving people from themselves busybody law.


Won't someone think of the children pedestrians?
 
2012-02-01 06:38:07 PM  
Saw someone texting and skate boarding a few months back. She was going slow so I mentioned to her it was the first time I've ever seen that.
 
2012-02-01 06:38:12 PM  
California vehicle code basically stipulates that what you can't do in a car you can't do on a bike. Texting and biking is already illegal if my understanding is correct.
 
2012-02-01 06:42:04 PM  

downstairs: (navigating tourists in the French Quarter develops some mad skillz.)


Last time I was in the French Quarter some dude obviously stoned out of his gourd was riding a bicycle in circles in the middle of an intersection. It was near the Robert E. Lee statue so the streets were narrow but regulated.

About two blocks from that saw another obviously stoned one just walking down the oncoming traffic lane like it was nothing and he didn't know where he was.

I salute you and your ability to bike the quarter. I'm curious as to how long the first guy I mentioned was able to ride in circles before getting dragged off by a cop, hit, or passed out in a puddle of vomit. My kid was with me, as were my parents, otherwise I may have stayed to watch the show.
 
2012-02-01 06:43:08 PM  

cmunic8r99: If you want them to stop doing it, leave it legal and encourage it. When enough bike riders die as a result of not paying attention, they'll stop. Or they won't

whine loudly and lobby brain-dead legislators for a new law which automatically faults car drivers when a texting cyclist slams into a car.
 
2012-02-01 06:43:38 PM  
I have never seen a cyclist texting while cycling, but I can only imagine that he won't be moving in a straight line, staying in the bike lane, having an awareness of where motorists are, signaling his intent to those motorists, etc. I cycle all the time, and I am embarrassed for responsible cyclists everywhere whenever I see other cyclists being retarded.
 
2012-02-01 06:44:49 PM  
Is that even possible??
 
2012-02-01 06:45:55 PM  
Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?
 
2012-02-01 06:49:11 PM  
plc5_250
Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?

The possibility of taking out a pedestrian along with one's stupid idiot self is why Chicago banned all use of cellphones while on bikes in the city.
 
2012-02-01 06:50:48 PM  

Pancoaifo: I can get behind the driving and texting ban. The damage a distracted driver can do is significant up to and including death of others.

But on bicycles? Come on... This sounds like a saving people from themselves busybody law.


The problem is that the douchbag cyclist turns himselve into mush against the side of someone's car, and THEN that someone has to deal with:
1) emotional trauma of being the proximate cause of someone's death
2) panel damage to the car (probably costs him and not the insurance company due to the deductable)
3) increase in premiums from said douchbag insurance company
4) possible ticket/hassle from douchbag cop
5) probable lawsuit from douchbag cyclist's significant others
6) attorney fees from said lawsuit.
7) loss of time from dealing with all the above

Did I miss anything?
 
2012-02-01 06:50:56 PM  

plc5_250: Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?


Maybe, but I'd still rather not be given extra opportunities to run the morons down. I'll bet the paperwork with the cops takes forever even if it ultimately is the biker's fault.
 
2012-02-01 06:51:39 PM  
People shouldn't even text while walking.

True story: I was in a the grocery store parking lot a few weeks ago. I noticed a guy walking towards me while texting. I didn't have the room to get around him on either side, as he was right in the middle of the lane, so I simply stopped. He kept walking, oblivious, and almost hit my car, only noticing me at the last moment.
 
2012-02-01 06:53:14 PM  
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Yes it does--think about it.
 
2012-02-01 06:53:21 PM  

SuperTramp: plc5_250
Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?

The possibility of taking out a pedestrian along with one's stupid idiot self is why Chicago banned all use of cellphones while on bikes in the city.


To be fair, "taking out" is a little extreme language. A cyclist does not take out a pedestrian in the same way that a motorist takes out another motorist, cyclist or pedestrian. But I think testing while cycling is a pretty big gamble, considering how super easy it is to stop, type, and resume travel.

If stop-and-go driving is bad for fuel economy, cyclists should be encouraged to stop-and-go-text for the same reason.
 
2012-02-01 06:56:26 PM  

farkityfarker: People shouldn't even text while walking.

True story: I was in a the grocery store parking lot a few weeks ago. I noticed a guy walking towards me while texting. I didn't have the room to get around him on either side, as he was right in the middle of the lane, so I simply stopped. He kept walking, oblivious, and almost hit my car, only noticing me at the last moment.


This is when train-style diesel air horns are the most fun to use.

If friends are with you, you can make bets as to how high he will jump and whether his pants get wet.
 
2012-02-01 06:57:56 PM  

John Napkintosh: To be fair, "taking out" is a little extreme language. A cyclist does not take out a pedestrian in the same way that a motorist takes out another motorist, cyclist or pedestrian.


Dionette Cherney would disagree with you, but she is dead.
 
2012-02-01 06:59:41 PM  

SuperTramp: plc5_250
Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?

The possibility of taking out a pedestrian along with one's stupid idiot self is why Chicago banned all use of cellphones while on bikes in the city.


Spent 8 months in Chicago back in 2010. The number of people on foot just about anywhere downtown during the day would make biking while paying full attention dangerous. I can't imagine anyone trying to bike around there while texting. /me thinks this law is a good idea.

/Spent a lot of time around Millenium Park and Grant Park on the weekends. Love those places.
 
2012-02-01 07:00:10 PM  

John Napkintosh: I have never seen a cyclist texting while cycling, but I can only imagine that he won't be moving in a straight line, staying in the bike lane, having an awareness of where motorists are, signaling his intent to those motorists, etc. I cycle all the time, and I am embarrassed for responsible cyclists everywhere whenever I see other cyclists being retarded.


Stay away from SF as your head will assplode with all the douchery on cycles out here.
 
2012-02-01 07:01:14 PM  

John Napkintosh: SuperTramp: plc5_250
Maybe it's just my limited perspective, but wouldn't this behavior be self-extinguishing?

The possibility of taking out a pedestrian along with one's stupid idiot self is why Chicago banned all use of cellphones while on bikes in the city.

To be fair, "taking out" is a little extreme language. A cyclist does not take out a pedestrian in the same way that a motorist takes out another motorist, cyclist or pedestrian. But I think testing while cycling is a pretty big gamble, considering how super easy it is to stop, type, and resume travel.

If stop-and-go driving is bad for fuel economy, cyclists should be encouraged to stop-and-go-text for the same reason.


Well... no. Consider a situation with a 285 lb cyclist whizzing along at 30 mph on a sidewalk and clipping a 95 lb 98 year old grandma going 2 mph with her walker. Broken hip at a minimum.

At 300 lbs and heavy-boned, I personally enjoy swerving into the paths of douchbag cyclists illegally whizzing silently along the sidewalks and failing to warn pedestrians they are coming up from the rear.

The last time, he got knocked into traffic and needed hospitalization.
 
2012-02-01 07:01:20 PM  
I would love it when people would try to ride 5mph on the bike path and try to hold a cell while they ride.

They would be treated like idiots.

/I wish people not capable of multi-tasking would not drive and talk too.
//How does one text and ride a bike. Let's make it illegal to make a cake from scratch on a bike too.
 
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