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February 11, 2013

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Headphones on bikes

I've only used my ipod once while using my bike and have never felt so foolish (and lucky to have survived). Your ears are your second greatest safety feature and to voluntarily de-activate them is sheer stupidity, but I also see pedestrians (almost daily) obliviously walk into traffic because of headphones/earbuds. Are you going to charge them too?

Mike Carrier more than 1 year ago

Good Article

Hi David: thanks for writing this. I never like to place myself in a vulnerable position, whether physical, mental, or legal.

Ken Ohrn more than 1 year ago

One earbud?

My understanding is that lots of municipalities allow for cyclists to use one earbud or earphone at a time. While I agree that it is generally unwise to ride with earphones, the law cited by you in Vancouver seems to allow for this, as well as the law in NYC.:

N.Y.S. VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW § 375- Equipment
(24-a) It shall be unlawful to operate upon any public highway in this state a motor
vehicle, limited use automobile, limited use motorcycle or bicycle while the operator is
wearing more than one earphone attached to a radio, tape player or other audio device.

Jon more than 1 year ago