Cops worried about biking and texting

Police say cyclist who ride their bikes and text at the same time are presenting a danger to themselves and others.

But they say there isn't much they can do to discourage the practice.

The phenomenon that baffles Vélo-Québec CEO Suzanne Larose.

"You will cross plenty of people while cycling: pedestrians, other cyclists, drivers. You need all your attention," she says.

She says she wants to see the Highway Safety Code update a number of rules, and include a prohibition on using a cell phone while riding.

Montreal police say they can't ticket anyone using their cell because the code does not have a provision against it.

A provincial committee is currently looking into updating the code and will submit a report in the fall.

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  1. char posted on 06/02/2014 05:56 PM
    If I Was Running This Country They Would Be Ticketed
  2. Richard posted on 06/02/2014 08:08 PM
    Yet when they nearly get run over....Its the cars who have no respect
  3. LMAO posted on 06/02/2014 11:11 PM
    Police say cyclist who ride their bikes and text at the same time are presenting a danger to themselves and others.

    But they say there isn't much they can do to discourage the practice.

    How many more cyclists have to be injured or worse killed and drivers traumatized before they are treated the same as other road users. The law must be applied equally to all road users or there is no point in having a highway code.

    Riding with an earphone or headset is a $30-$60 fine, failing to hold onto the handlebars $15-$30 fine as stated in the SAAQ safe cycling guide 7th edition page 20, available from the link below. Page 14 also states you have to obey any and all signals and signs which you cannot be doing if you are texting.

    http://www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca/publications/prevention/safe_cycling.pdf.

    Anyone who texts is breaking the law twice just from these rules so i don't see the problem in not being able to discourage people. A quick couple of fines for those infractions ought to go a long way towards keeping someone safe on the road while cycling.

    This does not excuse the poor drivers out there but all road users have to be equally responsible for all to be safe.

    The laws are written they just need enforcing
  4. John posted on 06/03/2014 07:48 AM
    What do you notice in the photo ??

    No Helmet , cell phone in her hand , baggy pants that could easily get caught in the chain and let's take of good look and the shoes being worn . This is a bomb just waiting to explode .
    1. Andrew posted on 06/03/2014 02:45 PM
      @John Not to mention high-heels. Bike lock dangling awefully close to the back wheel...people are so dangerous on bikes, but it's never their fault, right?
  5. ric posted on 06/03/2014 08:48 AM
    Will the government and the police stop pandering to the bikers. They don't have to wear helmets, they talk and text, they don't pay for plates, lots wear their earbuds listening to music, yet they're always crying about their rights. My friends and I ride too, however we ride RIGHT. Everyday we see the good and the bad.
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