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Council to consider banning cell phone use while biking

A proposed bill would ban texting and talking on the phone while riding a bicycle in Spencer Platt/Getty Images

City Council will consider whether or not using a cell phone while riding a bicycle in the city should be banned.

The legislation, set to be introduced on Thursday, is sponsored by Council member Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), who said he was inspired to act after witnessing a near-accident on Stillwell Avenue.If passed, the law would prohibit talking on the phone or texting while riding a bike without a hands-free device.

Tickets could costs bicyclists $50, and up to $200 for repeat offenders.

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