State Senator Joe Simitian, who represents the Peninsula, introduced a bill to make that illegal.
"That's absolutely absurd," bicyclist Wilbur Harvey told NBC Bay Area News. "If a bicyclist wants to text while riding, the only person that's going to get hurt is the bicyclist."
A different opinion from Doug Vealey of Redwood City who rides his bike to work. Vealey told NBC Bay Area, "I don't think it's a good idea for you to be riding your bike, not paying attention to where you're going."
However, both bike riders agree that the 2006 law requiring drivers use a hands-free device behind the wheel and the 2009 ban on texting while driving is a good idea.
Harvey said, "I've almost been run off the road many times by someone looking down at their phone."
Simitian said a 20 percent drop in traffic fatalities in the first six months of the hands-free law shows the law is working.
Now, Simitian would like for it to work even better, by costing law-breakers a little more. Simitian on Monday proposed raising the fine for breaking the hands-free law from $20 to $50, and raising the fine for texting and driving from $20 to $100. The same fines would apply to violators on bikes, if the law passes.