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Use of Smartphone While Cycling to be made illegal in the Netherlands

Using a Smartphone while cycling to be declared illegal

Shocking news as the Dutch minister for infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen is to propose a new law that will make using a smartphone while cycling illegal. This will be part of a package of new road laws that will take effect in 2020. The purpose of the new rules is to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the Netherlands. This also includes making the use of smartphones behind the wheel illegal.

Will the new law stop the seven deadly sins of Amsterdam cyclists?

As a resident of Amsterdam and regular user of its bike lanes, such a law is long overdue. People nowadays are so addicted to their smartphones that they appear to be unable to cycle even short distances without constantly texting. Whether this law will actually prevent people from texting the intimate details of their tinder dates, affairs, arguments, or simply watching the latest episode of Orange is the New Black while cycling home in the early hours of the morning without lights remains to be seen.  Read more about the seven deadly sins of Amsterdam cyclists here.

Will this soon be a thing of the past?


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Infamous blogger, annoyance and self-confessed Shallow Man. Simon is a British expat who has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. As well as writing this blog, Simon also has a YouTube channel of the same name, writes and directs videos and hosts seminars about life in the Netherlands. He also works as a content marketing and SEO specialist.