How to properly transport your cat on a bicycle

My mom texted me this photo that she took from her flip-phone camera while on her way to school (that’s JPL in the hazy background), demonstrating that the only thing needed to take your cat on a bike ride with you is a bit of training (and probably a thick scarf to give him something to plunge his claws into other than your neck).

Not bad considering the modest technology at her disposal!  Don’t worry, I got her an iPhone the next day to ensure that her next find is a high-resolution masterpiece.


11 Responses to “How to properly transport your cat on a bicycle”

  1. GG says:

    I’m going to get a realistic-looking stuffed cat and strap it to my shoulders next time I go bike riding, just to freak people out.

  2. Soonerdiver says:

    Your mother should have left her ‘flip phone’ in her purse and paid attention to her driving.

    • stopped at a stop sign smartass!

      • scum says:

        Stopped or not Andrew, still illegal in Ca.

        • Slick says:

          Not necessarily… The law is fairly specific about using phones as phones, but then it gets vague…

          From the webs:
          California Vehicle Code section23123.5 (b) states that it is illegal to “write, send, or read a text-based communication” means using an electronic wireless communications device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message or electronic mail.

          It is not, however, illegal to use a GPS app on your phone or a specialized GPS device. I couldn’t find specific references to using a camera (cameraphone or standalone). The law itself doesn’t seem to be specific on this one, so it would largely be up to the courts to decide.

          I’d say this is a grey area.

          • GG says:

            Okay… I don’t want to encourage annoying nitpicking on Andrew or anyone else, but just as a public service announcement, it’s actually not a grey area. There was a court ruling on this recently:

            It may be perfectly safe to take a photo while stopped at a light or stop sign (IMHO), but just be aware that you can get a pricey ticket for it.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            That’s good to know, GG, I had always assumed that I was safe to check messages, etc, when stopped at a red light. In the future I’ll limit it to when I’m actually pulled over to the side.

          • Slick says:

            I’ve seen that ruling, too… Again, my point is that ruling applies to using a phone as a phone – for voice conversation or texting (the ruling was broadened a little bit for other things that are texting-like, such as email). The ruling did not apply, however, to other uses of a phone or other devices in the car.

            GPS, specifically, has been called out as being completely legal under the current law. When I say it is a grey area, I mean that as far as I’ve seen no court has ruled on the use of a camera at a stop light (or the camera function of a phone).

            Apparently, there are lots of grey areas in this law.

          • MrEricSir says:

            It’s still legal to play Nintendo games while driving though, right? Dr. Mario isn’t going to play itself!

          • LM says:

            When I got my first-and-only cellphone ticket, the cop basically told me that if he sees a phone in your hand, he will give you a ticket. I told him I was using GPS, which is legal, and he said he had no way of knowing whether I was telling the truth, and that from his point of view, if it’s in my hand I’m using it illegally. He said I should get a dashboard holder, which I did, but…yeah.

            I took it court and the dude didn’t show up, so I won by default, but I realize a lot of people don’t have the schedule flexibility to go through the hassle of a court hearing.

            It is possible to pull a data record of what you were doing on your phone, to document that you were doing something other than talking or texting. Taking photos while driving is legal as long as you are otherwise driving safely.