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Ban Could Affect Bikers

The biking community has its own thoughts on the report on distracted driving to be sent to the Austin City Council.  Some drivers are balking at the thought of it being illegal to hold their mobile devices.  The Distracted Drivers Study Group is recommending a hands-free ordinance for both vehicles and bicycles.  The Bicycle Advisory Council will be sending its own recommendation to the Austin City Council.  The Chair, Christopher Stanton, says it's not so much that they disagree that distracted bikers could pose an issue, but lumping it in with drivers is a false equivalency.  He says there's quite a difference between a two ton vehicle driving 50 miles per hour and a 30 to 40 pound bike driving 12 miles per hour and that should be enough to have two different ordinances.

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