Ears Clear When Riding
Bike New York events require
riders to follow a few simple
rules for safety, including not wearing headphones or using a
cell phone. This is a good idea when you're riding on your own as
well. Here, BNY's
Bicycle Education Program explains why.
ever consider riding your bike blindfolded? No way! You'd miss out
on the vital information you need to see while cycling, like
streetlights, stop signs, and car doors opening in your path. Lots
of bicyclists put themselves in danger by similarly limiting their
senses, though, by cycling while wearing headphones or chatting on
a cell phone. Seem harmless to you? Well, consider what those
cyclists are missing out on, and you’ll get the message loud: Keep
Your Ears Clear!
Critical sounds you won't hear while bopping to your favorite
So, leave the pulsing beats for your gym workout and your phone
calls for when you can fully focus, and cycle to the
heart-pounding rhythm of the city. It just might save your life
(and your eardrums)!
- Cars and trucks--particularly, speeding cars and
trucks--approaching you from behind.
- Vehicles approaching an intersection with a blind spot, like
cars parked on the corners.
- Trucks and construction vehicles driving in reverse into
your path of travel.
- The rev of a car engine as it prepares to leave a nearby
- The click of a car door about to open into your path of
- The sounds of a bus pulling into a stop behind you or
pulling out ahead of you.
- Emergency vehicles approaching you from behind or crossing
against a streetlight ahead of you.
- Fellow cyclists ringing a bell or calling out "passing on
- Park users calling for loose dogs or children as they enter
- Birdsong, chirping crickets, and friends calling out your
- The "ooohs" and "aaahs" from on-lookers as they admire your