this is ********... how is riding with earphones/headphones any different than driving in your car and using the radio.
Many of you probably have a Lexus or other luxury car... by your same argument you could state that all luxury cars should be outlawed because it reduces the noise from the outside.
Lets just call it like it is... there are many stupid human beings out there. Whether they are driving a car or riding a bike, the possibility of them causing a crash is very high.
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This isn't an ideal thread to be unearthed, but for obvious reasons it was irresistible. Here goes.
Music on the move is a pleasure, not a dangerous distraction says yours truly in an appropriately aged opinion piece. I know you're supposed to kill your darlings, but it felt like the editor cut my balls off:
The fact is I can usually kinda sorta hear what else is going on. I'm not exactly in an isolation booth, and I still have my other six senses.What's more, I turn the volume up LOUD. Few of my compatriots would admit to deliberately disabling one of their more important senses; fewer still to cranking the decibels. This strikes me as the Bill Clinton defense: they don't inhale.
There is an obvious downside to quoting people in zombie threads, but please bear with me.
When is music not a distraction?
A. When in control of any vehicle heavier than a bicycle
B. If a surgeon, performing an operation
C. Those times you have a baton in your hand and are quite dressed up
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I'd say it was a distraction to the woman weaving all over the MPU who couldn't hear me screaming at the top of my lungs whist trying to pass her today. She didn't hear my bell, she didn't hear me politely ask her to move over so I could pass, and she didn't hear me screaming either. Although she did almost plow into me as I was passing her. On a bike in a city is no place to block out of your senses.
I ride with a bluetooth speaker in my bag. I can hear traffic and communicate but can still enjoy my music.
shout to avoid what some of my compatriots call zombies, whether pedestrian or cyclist. A few startled strangled yelps perhaps, when a walker has suddenly veered off the sidewalk into Oxford Street without looking.
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A lot of people space out no matter what they are doing, music or not, so stop blaming the music.
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What's so hard about using a single earphone and exposing the other ear for warnings? I regularly ride with only one ear plugged (pavement side).
I cannot fault pedestrians - even though I don't like it - for having both ears plugged, because they are hardly a danger to anyone but themselves IF they follow the rules and stay on the sidewalks.
However, cyclists share the road with fast-moving vehicles where it is several degrees more dangerous. Willingly denying yourself one of your major senses is a big, unnecessary risk imo.
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I can see why Florida has outlawed headphones while biking.
when did I become vintage?
That's the case in most, if not all of the US.
Al, that borders on the border...
These iPod zombie cyclists are also planning the takeover of the world in the next cinema epic, "Dawn Of The Shred".
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Sunshine State, though they haven't outlawed car stereos, which apparently have the magical property of not being distracting.
Sailing on the ocean, music in the motion.
Music in your car, at your local bar.
There's music when you look at a star.
There are number of vehicles cruising in here to a driving soundtrack, without incident. I think a cyclist would fit right in: lycra on a Village Person? A perfect fit!