Weird piece in Spacing today. I usually like John Lorinc’s opinion pieces, but this one seems very click-baity.
The whole piece is based on him thinking he’s seeing more people texting while biking this year (and one almost hit is car!), and while anecdotes are good for opinion pieces, they shouldn’t be the basis for serious debate. Gut-based policy is a Ford Nation thing. Evidence please!
To Lorinc’s credit, he admits he can find no data or empirical evidence to back up his opinion.
He cites a study (actually a news story about a study that isn’t sourced and the methodology is unknown) that 1/3 of people who bike have admitted to texting while cycling… however, if someone asked me that question, I’d say “yes”, even though I always pull over and stop to text or take a phone call. I’m still biking home or to work… so the methodology of the survey is important. How the question was asked is important. How the question was interpreted is important.
You can read the piece here: LORINC: Let’s have a public conversation about our phones and cycling
What do you think? Too click-baity? Leave your comments below.