Cycling: Mobile Phones

Transport written question – answered on 13th May 2009.

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Photo of Jim Dowd Jim Dowd Labour, Lewisham West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to discourage the use of hand-held mobile phones while cycling.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport advises cyclists through publications such as The Highway Code to "avoid any distractions when cycling" and to "keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear"; Tales of the Road—A highway code for young road users—also advises "not to use a personal stereo or mobile phone whilst cycling".

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Martin Dann
Posted on 14 May 2009 10:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Has the minister actually looked at the Tales of the Road website, which actually encourages people to hit cyclists that are not wearing helmets, to teach them a lesson. It is a joke.

http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk/cycling-safety.php

Chris Beazer
Posted on 18 May 2009 11:37 am (Report this annotation)

What danger do cyclists who use hand held phones pose to other road users? I can steer, brake and change gear on my bike with one hand perfectly safely - I use a cycle component known as "ergo-shift" which enables this. The powers that be should keep up to date with cycling technology. Also, most drivers I know use only one hand to steer their cars, keeping the other on the gear shift, even on automatic cars. Has any research been done to indicate the accidents caused by cyclists using mobile phones?