At the risk of attracting a cyclists vs. motorists pissing match...

While honking and swerving to avoid a (car-driving) idiot in heavy
traffic, I nearly took out a cyclist who was WEARING HEADPHONES. The
most disturbing/ironic/fucked-up part was that said cyclist was
wearing a helmet and cycling gear and used proper hand signals a few
blocks after this. Dumbass.


Diana said...

As a cyclist I take it as my responsibility to minimize my risks. While the person driving a car who swerves into the bike lane because they're texting may be at legal fault I'll be the one in the hospital with broken bones and a concussion. Biking with headphones is an accident looking for a place to happen.

Herzog said...

I cycle with headphones and don't see a problem with it. My headphones are acoustically open and let me hear everything that's going on around me.

In fact, in some situations they might even decrease wind noise so I can hear better with them on.

As I've spent too much time thinking about this, I've come up with other reasons why I think cycling with head phones is not a big deal. I'll gladly continue this discussion if you're interested.

eeka said...

Oh, I don't doubt that headphones can be worn safely while cycling. This person was wearing the kind that go around the back and are basically big foam-covered speakers covering the ear. And they were cranked up loud enough that I could hear the music from inside my car.