Now cyclists in Spain must remember to ride their bikes without their headphones or earphones on or else they could face a fine of more than £174 (€200).
According to an expert at Cycle SOS, while it is not illegal to ride a bike in the UK while wearing earphones or headphones, it is prohibited in popular holiday destinations across the continent such as Mallorca, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
A legal team leader at Cycle SOS, Lena Farnell said that the ban came into force in France in 2015, whilst the rule stating that one cannot cycle while listening to music through headphones or earphones in Spain is a part of the current Spanish law that was last updated in 2014.
“Current Spanish law, which was updated in 2014, states that you cannot cycle whilst listening to music through headphones or earbuds. Cyclists who are caught wearing earphones can expect to pay a €200 (£174) fine in Spain,” Farnell said in an interview.
Adding further, Farnell said that the strict law was introduced for safety reasons, as earphones prevent riders from hearing other sounds on the road.
“Wearing earphones whilst cycling could present a safety risk to yourself and other road users. Listening to music compromises a cyclist’s ability to listen to road traffic, including the sirens of emergency vehicles. They may also be less aware of warning signals such as vehicles using their horn or pedestrians shouting,” Farnell said.
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And how about cycling three abreast blocking narrow country roads, like the photo illustrates?
Love the bikes and all the physical activity associated with cycling there are literally hundreds on my street daily the Gang or large group power idea is becoming a problem the Macho Man who seems to be the A type in the group who likes to hoard the lane and push the cars passing or on coming traffic as far as he can , they can not control any of these groups and will see what happens it’s getting worse all the time !
I detest cyclists. They urinate in public, hog roads are dangerous and spend very little money. The ones I know in the UK are unlikeable people. 🚫🚴♀️
“ Now cyclists in Spain must remember…..” Now? But then you go on to say that the law was last updated in 2014, so it isn’t “now” is it? Humphrey Carter and his usual negativity.