Contest Time: One Good Earbud

Contest Now Closed: Thanks to everyone who entered our One Good Earbud contest, and thanks to them for supplying us with some sets to give away to y’all.  Three winners were randomly selected from those who left comments (using www.random.org).  The winners are: @simonro, @egggman, and @ayogist.  Please send your mailing address to darryl@lovingthebike.com so that we can get your earbud to you.

First….My Little Rant

There aren’t too many issues out there that get me fired up and force me to stand my ground.  In fact, I rarely voice my opinion strongly one way or another.  I sort of prefer to just cruise along at my own pace, doing my own thing, and laying low.

But when it comes to cycling laws, there is one thing that I really don’t agree with and my feelings are strong enough to voice my opinion about it.  In a few of the States, it is illegal to ride a bike whiles listening to music with earphones.  As far as I know, California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Florida, and Delaware all impose this law.  I don’t think it’s illegal anywhere in Canada, and not too sure about the UK, Australia, or anywhere else in the world….let me know if you have details on it.

Only 5 states regulate the use of headphones by bicyclists.  Florida and Rhode Island absolutely prohibit the use of headsets while cycling.  California, Delaware and Maryland prohibit earbuds use in both ears- you can only wear them in one ear at a time so that the other ear is left uncovered.

Let me clarify myself on my stance a little.  I believe that cycling while listening to music and wearing earphones is okay….as long as you’re still able to hear the traffic and surroundings around you.  I don’t think the music should be so loud that you totally block out any and all sounds, and I also don’t think it’s a good idea if you’re cycling in an area where there are a lot of pedestrians.  I also think this is a personal opinion and am fine with y’alls views on this one.  I’m not here to start a debate, but I’m bringing my thoughts up due to the nature of today’s contest.  While researching the legalities of cycling with earphones, I came across an interesting bit of information….if you’d like to check out more on this topic and other cycling law, check out “Road Rights” by Bicycle Law.

Before I leave you with the details of our One Good Earbud contest, I would just like to say that I feel there are far more dangerous things out there that people do while driving and cycling…..don’t take away my tunes, man.

One Good Earbud Contest Details

Okay, so you’ve heard my stance and seen me go on record as saying that cycling with earphones is cool as long as you’re smart and safe about it.  But what do you have to say about this law? We’ll randomly select 3 winners from the list of you that leave a comment.  Feel free to leave more than one comment and it will increase your odds of winning.  But you have to argue your case, for or against.  We want to hear both sides….but if you’re against it, you might not be too keen on our winning prize.

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