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Smartphones are the biggest danger to a cyclist

This morning someone sent me a link to the video I’m showing on this page, watch it – what if that tree in the end is a cyclist. A few years back I wrote an article for a cycling newsletter in Toronto – http://torbjornzetterlund.com/10-dangers-being-a-cyclist/.

In that article I list Trucks and Buses at the top, based on my cycling commutes in Toronto, Canada. I think it is still valid observation that trucks and buses due to their size are a danger. After watching the video, I started thinking about what I had seen in the video, while cycling to work. What if smartphones is the biggest risk, it does not matter what type of vehicle people are using, having a smartphone will make anyone a high risk driver.

Not only vehicle drivers, I currently live in Amsterdam with dedicated bike lanes, I have had a few run ins with other cyclist, while they being pre-occupied by their smartphone, changing a tune or talking to someone, they do not pay attention to what is around them.

So with that new fact I would say the smartphone is the biggest risk to cyclists.

Torbjorn

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