The Tuneless Commute

Josh Levin considers the perils, and ethics, of wearing headphones while bicycling. His bottom line:

“Like motorists who insist that they can safely text and drive,” wrote’s Neil Bezdek last December, “perhaps cyclists should skip the headphones simply because it’s unfair to take unnecessary risks in other people’s road space, regardless of personal risk tolerance.” Riding a bike during rush hour is perilous. The best way to mitigate that danger is to avoid as many distractions as possible. And music is a highly avoidable distraction.