Add me to the list of people who gripe about earbuds wearing robots outdoors. I commute by bike. Most of my route is along a multi-use trail. I cannot tell you how many near-misses I've had because the person in front of me didn't hear my signal that I was about to pass them. Sure, I'm not a car, but if I hit you at 15 mph, it is going to hurt.
I've seen women on secluded trails running with earbuds in their ears, and I can hear the music as I pass them. You might as well put a target on your back, ma'am. If someone is looking for a victim, you're a prime choice. Yes, you may be strong enough to fight the person off, but if you cannot hear an assailant approaching, your chances of success are limited.
- 5/10/2013 3:59:37 PM