Silly Cyclist 2013-02 – Mobile Phones and Riding



Following on from the rather well-known series of Silly Cyclists videos originating from the United Kingdom I am going to document and discuss the incidents that I experience in 2013 in this series, titled “Cyclists and Road Safety – Silly Cyclist.” Hopefully we as cyclists, as city engineers and as promoters of road safety can learn from these experiences.

This is my second encounter for 2013 with a silly cyclist. I guess one thing in his favour was that he did choice to use his phone to read/text/whatever on a day on the Coastal Recreational Shared Path when the weather was such that the pedestrian/children/dog count was lower than normal for this time of the year. On the day side he did it on a descent which at times can see cyclists going a pretty quick speeds. I just hope he is smart enough to not do this on busier days.

This incident occurred on the Recreational Shared Path which runs along West Coast Drive between Scarborough Beach and Hillary’s Boat Harbour. This is a popular shared path with cyclists, pedestrians, dog walkers, children, beach goers and so on … you get the picture.

Oh, with a change in the WA Road Traffic Code 2000 in November 2010 it is now an offence for any vehicle driver to use a phone out of a cradle whilst driving. Prior to the change in the Regulation, cyclists were allowed to ride using a mobile phone … one of those quirks in the law where vehicles were called “motor vehicles” and therefore leaving out bicycles from the regulation.

Please don’t use your mobile phone when driving, whether it is in your car, truck or on your bike. Distracted through the use of your phone whilst driving results in a fourfold increased likelihood of crashing*, that is you causing a crash (no it is not an accident, you could have avoided it simply by not using your phone!).


*See BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 18 August 2005)

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