Netherlands considers banning utilize of telephones on bikes

Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones played a role in one in five bike collisions involving young cyclists

Do not text and ride. Thats the message from the Dutch government, which is considering banning the countrys tens of thousands of cyclists from use their mobile phones while on two wheels.

Young people cycling while using their phones is a common sight in this country of 17 million where, according to the cyclists union, there are more than 18 million bikes.

The transport minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, told Dutch broadcaster NOS on Thursday that she was looking into the ban after calls to young people to leave their phones in their pockets while cycling failed to have much effect.

She said a ban would be a clear signal to the main culprits that such activity was dangerous and ill-advised. The Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones played a role in one-in-five bike collisions involving young cyclists.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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