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    Historically first? Fine for using cell phone while cycling

    A teenager in Japan has been issued a fine for viewing her phone while cycling, reports Japan Today.

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    I don't know about other states, but in California texting and cell phone use (except hands free) is banned for motor vehicles. It is perfectly legal to do either on a bicycle. Personally I think it is inadvisable. I use a Bluetooth headset while riding that verbally reads text messages that I receive to me. My headset also has wind noise cancelling so it is still usable below 20 mph riding speed.

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    They would have to haul off most of the students here if they started prosecuting for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    They would have to haul off most of the students here if they started prosecuting for that.
    ...and wouldn't that be wonderful?

    I get so tired of students swerving all over the place because they're playing with their cellphones instead of operating their bicycle.

    Cripes sake, if you're going to dick around with your cellphone get off the bike and walk it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
    ...and wouldn't that be wonderful?

    I get so tired of students swerving all over the place because they're playing with their cellphones instead of operating their bicycle.

    Cripes sake, if you're going to dick around with your cellphone get off the bike and walk it.
    +1 and I wish there were more people getting fines for using their phones in the car too although I admit to being guilty everyone in a while as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SactoDoug View Post
    I don't know about other states, but in California texting and cell phone use (except hands free) is banned for motor vehicles. It is perfectly legal to do either on a bicycle. Personally I think it is inadvisable. I use a Bluetooth headset while riding that verbally reads text messages that I receive to me. My headset also has wind noise cancelling so it is still usable below 20 mph riding speed.
    which headset is that, i would like to have that when i take days off yet need to be accessible.

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    Jeez , like stopping to yammer over the Phone is so tough to do.

    Cell Phone users Get over yourself , what you think important is not,

    you have been lead to buy a gadget, and lost your humanity..

    How many times have I seen a couple sitting at the table cell phone

    for each, talking to someone who is not there..


    It's hard to tell a real Schizophrenic , from someone with a cell phone, these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    which headset is that, i would like to have that when i take days off yet need to be accessible.

    It is a BlueAnt Q2. The BlueAnt T1 has many of the same features but is more rugged. They are great headsets.

    One other feature that is nice about them is that they will play all of your phone audio over them. So you can listen to your music while you ride and hear your audio coach if you are tracking your ride with an exercise tracker. Most Bluetooth headsets won't stream music or other phone audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
    I get so tired of students swerving all over the place because they're playing with their cellphones instead of operating their bicycle.
    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Jeez , like stopping to yammer over the Phone is so tough to do.
    Two nights ago, at the gym, I waited a few minutes when somebody got on the machine I was about to use and then started text messaging instead of lifting weights. After two or three minutes of frustration, I asked the guy if he could text from the machine I was done with. We traded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
    ...and wouldn't that be wonderful?

    I get so tired of students swerving all over the place because they're playing with their cellphones instead of operating their bicycle.

    Cripes sake, if you're going to dick around with your cellphone get off the bike and walk it.
    Then you have people staring at their cellphone swerving all over the place when they're walking. It's the worst when they're pushing a grocery cart. There are no winners.

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    I know that they're illegal, but what I'd love to do is to get a small low power cell phone jammer. Turn it on and drop it into one of my pannier bags. Imagine the looks on people faces as they're in the middle of one of those "oh so important" phone calls and their phone suddenly dies on them? Only to a few seconds later to come back on. Or while we're at a red light their phone goes dead and than once they clear the intersection it starts working again?
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    I don't tend to favor mindlessly passing legislation against things, so, without getting into anything about laws, I'll say I find it pretty damned annoying to see bicyclists with a phone in one hand and a bar-grip grazing the pinky of the other. You might feel your biking skills are unmatchable, but do my peace of mind a favor, and, if you really must be in communication with someone at this very moment, get the hell off your bike or off the road to engage in it, and start riding again only when you've finished. It pisses us off to witness a motorist using his or her phone while moving through urban traffic at a rate of fifteen miles an hour; at least he or she doesn't have to worry about balancing the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    I know that they're illegal, but what I'd love to do is to get a small low power cell phone jammer. Turn it on and drop it into one of my pannier bags. Imagine the looks on people faces as they're in the middle of one of those "oh so important" phone calls and their phone suddenly dies on them? Only to a few seconds later to come back on. Or while we're at a red light their phone goes dead and than once they clear the intersection it starts working again?
    While I understand the sentiment, I don't think it would work out nearly as well as you think it would. Many people, when faced with a suddenly dropped call, pay MORE attention to their phone - to see what went wrong, to try to place the call again, to turn it off and back on, etc... I don't think that's the response you're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
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    Yeah. When I used to commute by train, I heard some people calling their SO and say "I'm getting off the train now... will be home in 2 minutes!"

    Like... cant you wait two minutes to get home - do you have to say you'll be home in 2 minutes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    I know that they're illegal, but what I'd love to do is to get a small low power cell phone jammer. Turn it on and drop it into one of my pannier bags. Imagine the looks on people faces as they're in the middle of one of those "oh so important" phone calls and their phone suddenly dies on them? Only to a few seconds later to come back on. Or while we're at a red light their phone goes dead and than once they clear the intersection it starts working again?
    Yeah this is good. But instead of the phone coming on a few seconds later, why not follow the offender and proclaim how you have a cell phone jammer on your person and that's why they're having trouble with their phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    It's hard to tell a real Schizophrenic , from someone with a cell phone, these days.
    Some of the sharper ones in Seattle stand in front of a pay phone to try and blend in. However, they neglect to pick up the receiver, so it's a dead giveaway.

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    I don't send texts while driving or riding. I used to talk on the phone while driving quite a bit. Now I rarely drive. I have only talked on the phone (briefly) once or twice while riding a bike. I don't recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    I commute on my bike so I can get away from the technology.
    Amen. How did people become such slaves to a f-cking telephone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando303 View Post
    I don't tend to favor mindlessly passing legislation against things, so, without getting into anything about laws, I'll say I find it pretty damned annoying to see bicyclists with a phone in one hand and a bar-grip grazing the pinky of the other. You might feel your biking skills are unmatchable, but do my peace of mind a favor, and, if you really must be in communication with someone at this very moment, get the hell off your bike or off the road to engage in it, and start riding again only when you've finished. It pisses us off to witness a motorist using his or her phone while moving through urban traffic at a rate of fifteen miles an hour; at least he or she doesn't have to worry about balancing the car.
    Or even worse those who have to text while they're riding their bikes. Come on, what is so important that they can't wait for a safe spot to pull over and make/answer a call or read/send a text MSG?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    While I understand the sentiment, I don't think it would work out nearly as well as you think it would. Many people, when faced with a suddenly dropped call, pay MORE attention to their phone - to see what went wrong, to try to place the call again, to turn it off and back on, etc... I don't think that's the response you're looking for.
    True, but if they've turned it off than they have to wait for it to reboot which (depending on the phone) can take a few minutes to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igo View Post
    Amen. How did people become such slaves to a f-cking telephone?
    I'd like to know the answer to that myself. What's even more scary is how if someone walks out of their house without that damned electronic leash that they have to go back and get it.
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    I think that texting on a bicycle is the dumbest thing to do, I mean you will inevitably get yourself killed somehow or another. Its been proven that texting while driving, whether on a bicycle or not, is worse than being drunk and driving...
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