I have always wondered with this. Is it legal to wear your ipod while riding? What hazards does it place on other road users/peds etc.
I am a bit against it personally, as the ear phones with loud music can impede ones ability to listen and concentrate on traffic etc. especially if you are riding in a group scenario. Someone with ear phones rides off while people at the rear may have had a fall etc.
What are the legalities of this, pro's & con's? For or against? Please keep the discussion civil.
Curious about comparing a phone conversation with listening to music, seems like a long bow to draw to me? Does that mean I should not listen to music in my car?
Should I turn the music off and put the windows down so I can hear things as I drive?
(I am always able to hear emergency sirens horns etc on the bike and in my car regardless)
I think we have got your message now Frank, or did I not hear it due to poor hearing from my Ipod...
Frank makes a very valid point about long term hearing damage due to portable music devices. Our current younger generation will eventually become a generation with severely impaired hearing. I didnt take care of my hearing in my younger years while working on noisy desert oil rigs. Im paying for it now (at 54) with impaired hearing and tinitus.
A phone conversation involves a two way conversation. Listening to music is a passive one way activity....far less distractive than talking on a mobile phone.
There have been a number of articles written by motoring organisations that put forward the point that there are too many things in a car that provide too much distraction to a driver. Changing CD's, GPS systems, DVD players all of the information provided by the car itself. They make to point that to be safe in a car then all of this should be turned off so there is nothing that provides a distraction to the driver.
I hope all of these people that are so adamant about not wearing earphones also don't use any of the accessories in their cars because you may not hear that B-Double coming up behind you and the comfortable steel cocoon you are in won't save you.
Would'nt dream of listening to music while I ride myself - just not my cup-of-tea. Even on the trails where there are no cars I prefer to hear the sounds and rhythms of my bike and my breathing and to the birds and other sounds of the forest. I feel more present and in the game that way. I understand that riding with tunes seems to help some people find a rhythm, but it doesn't work for me.
I think it's kinda dangerous on the road too where I really want to be in the game and fully aware of what's going on around me. We have shared bike / walking paths here and it's the walkers strolling down the middle of the path with their music so loud they can't hear a bike bell or a "HELLOOOO" - that seems dangerous too...