PSA: It’s not alright to watch your iPhone while riding a bike

by -
0
Exercise bike? Fine. Not a regular bike. via Flickr user Jun Seita

As you may know, there was a car that burst into flames on the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday. Dramatic! And as seen in the link, plenty of people stopped to take pictures. Bedford + Bowery got an interview with one of the photographers, and while talking about seeing the car on fire, she mentioned that she had been “watching ‘Burn Notice’ on my iPhone’s Netflix” while riding her bike over the bridge. This passed without comment on B+B, so allow me to chime in here: Jesus, that is a dangerous and not smart thing to do.

Never mind the aesthetic crime of watching TV on a 4-inch screen or deciding that getting your Burn Notice fix is better then the magnificent views the Williamsburg Bridge gives you. The first damn rule of riding a bike without being a sociopath, or for that matter putting yourself in danger, is keep your eyes on the goddamn road. It’s the simplest thing you can do. It doesn’t really matter that the witness, Samantha Radocchia, said she was taking a “leisurely” bike ride. If you’re pedaling a bike fast enough to move it, especially up an incline on a bridge, it’s not safe to be splitting time between staring at spy games and checking the road in front of you.

There are other people on the bridge who you risk colliding with, possibly because you veer off one side while they try to pass you and you’re not concentrating on the road. And especially on the Williamsburg Bridge, there are inevitably people who disregard the whole “which side of the bridge to walk on” thing, and what if you collide with one of them in front of you? How can you possibly get any enjoyment out of watching a movie on your iPhone while biking if you’re trying to pay attention to where you’re going, at all? Better to just not do it. And definitely don’t casually mention it, as if this is a thing everyone does and is acceptable behavior. That kind of talk is bad for the cyclists of this city, because you make us look like self-involved clowns. For the sake of the people around you, if not for your own safety, please please please do not do this.

Related Articles

0

Our brief respite from real fall weather is just about over, and it's starting to get into layer weather and heavy coat weather. So...

0

Biking in the city is actually pretty fun, despite some very specific complaints we've had about it before. That doesn't mean there aren't ways to...

0

Ever wish you had a soundtrack for your life? Or, at the very least, something to go along with your morning commute? Well lucky you,...

0

https://youtu.be/YdtMAVDgqnUManspread! Most are in agreement that it's a bad thing. Boo! Hiss! Shake your fist at the manspreaders and even at the word itself....

NO COMMENTS

Leave a Reply