Your views: Should cyclists be allowed to pedal with headphones on?
6:00am Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in News
Boris Johnson is considering a ban on cyclists using headphones. But what do you think? Alessia Nava went to Kingston town centre to find out what south Londoners thought.
Morato Silva, 44, a Supercut hairdresser in the Bentall Centre who lives in Wimbledon said: "Headphones aren't the only danger only for those who are in the street but mobile phones too. I don’t think they should be banned."
Ross May, 31, a forensic science student who lives in Kingston said: "I see people wearing headphones and I’m like you can’t hear the traffic and they just don’t care. I would absolutely agree if headphones were banned. I think we should have a culture where cyclists are safe on the road."
Judy Easton, 65, who lives in Epsom Downs and is retired said: "I think it’s a good idea, you shouldn’t have headphones on the road, you can’t hear the traffic. A lot of them don’t even have their lights on this time of the year. It just gets more difficult for drivers."
Ben Yeates, 21, a Kingston University architecture student who lives in Villiers Road, said: "I think it’s really dangerous to have headphones on when you cycle. It’s worse than talking on the phone while you’re driving. It just stops you from being aware of what’s around you."
Tara Hjersinj, 21, an international relations and politics at Kingston University who lives in Villiers Road said: "I think it’s a good idea. It’s really dangerous because you can’t be alert.
"Even where I’m from, back in Norway, they’re having the same debate; it’s not a situation that is restricted to London. So I very much agree that if the Mayor of London were to ban headphones it would be a great idea."
Anais Silk, 18, a travel and tourism student at Kingston College who lives in Croydon said: "If someone’s in their car, they can listen to the radio. So why shouldn't cyclists be allowed to listen to music through their headphones? Just look out what’s around you."
Kojo Ahenkorah, 20, a rapper who studies finance at Kingston University but lives in Wimbledon Park said: "If you have your headphones in, it’s down to you to know how loud the music should be. If you have it on so loud that you can’t hear what’s going on around you, you know you’re in danger. It’s down to your own safety and responsibility, so I don’t think that they should be banned."
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