Discussion in 'SMB' started by coxhoedave, Jul 30, 2012.
Eh? wouldnt hearing it first give you more chance of evasive action?
At what distance would you hear it and have enough time to save yourself?
I never cycle with headphones on. Far too dangerous
Enough. Taxis , lorries and bin men are the main threat . In fact diesel engines in general.
Mirror, single, manoeuvre, that is a car.
Stop, look and listen is from a pedestrian point of view.
Anyone who listens to music whilst cycling doesn't see themselves as a pedestrian, I do.
Well if there's enough time, they can move out the way?
Where would riding a motorbike in headphones differ here? Don't some bikes have radios on?
Truth be told, I try and stay off the roads wherever possible, so it's only the issues of dogs and feral children that crop up. You can get pretty much all the way round the Sunderland and S. Tyneside off road anyway. Mind, I still don't take them out on the road.
I prefer cycling on the road, faster, and I never take my head phones out
I used to work with a kid who cycled in along the Washington Highway. He certainly got there faster when a car went up his arse. He was mostly OK like. Said he was suddenly pedaling along at about 70 mph.
On a Motorbike you have your own engine noise, I still would never go out on it with ear phones in like.
Back to the cycling thing was on a very narrow road a few weeks ago, could hear the boy racers coming the other way at 70 80 mph heading towards a blind brow. That 6th sense kicked in, I reckoned they wouldn't see me till too late and either put me over the bonnet or themselves through the hedge.
Got off the bike and jumped in the hedge. Just one of many.
As I said earlier, each to their own but I wouldn't Cycle, walk, Jog or Motorcycle with in ear head phones in. I'm far to valuable.
I still hear everything so it's not a problem.
Why take the chance?
It's the same for cyclists who jump red lights. Yes it'll get you there slightly quicker, but is your life really worth so little to you that you'd take the chance?
I do neither. I'm worth it.
How? I've done it for 20 years safely. I never have the music blasting so I'm aware of any hazards. Some people in cars have music much louder.
Cos it's good to listen to music & can be done safely. If it wasn't it would be illegal.
you need all the information you can get when cycling.
Your brain processes loads of stuff without you being aware. Sounds of other vehicles etc will be being used to make millions of little decisions every second. To block out that sense and go round roundabouts etc is just daft IMO.
However, since it is unlikely you will be able to pinpoint the lack of information you are receiving as the reason you get knocked off your bike, you keep doing it marra.
Pedestrians using headphones are at higher risk of being in an accident, when stepping into traffic.
Again, as long as they don't blame the driver, I couldn't care less if they lived or died.
what a load of fuss over nothing...if you cant hear cars then youre using in-ear buds with the volume cranked up...your first worry should be going deaf not getting run over
even wiggo says so:
I thought that might resurrect the thread.
Here in Holland loads of people cycle while listening to music and it does not seem to be a problem. I think there are two main reasons for this. Firstly, there is a whole network of cycle lanes to keep the cyclists apart from vehicles, secondly and i think much more important is the attitude of vehicle drivers towards cyclists. Unlike the "cyclists are a fucking nuisance who should not be on the road delaying my journey by 20 seconds" attitude of a lot of British drivers the Dutch use courtesy and common sense towards cyclists, also cyclists have priority over vehicles. A different mindset altogether. Sadly, until the mindset of British drivers and politicians changes cyclists will continue to play lotto with their lives at the hands of shit, erratic drivers with bad attitude.
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