Boris Blames Headphones for London's Cycling Deathwave and Wants Them Banned

By Gary Cutlack on at

Comedy London Mayor Boris Johnson is suggesting that bike riders wearing headphones as they cut through the city's traffic may be partially responsible for causing the rash of recent deaths, and suggests a ban on cyclists wearing headphones while riding may be a good idea on safety grounds.

Speaking to BBC London radio about the hot potato of cyclist safety, Johnson guffawed: "I'm very alarmed about cyclists wearing headphones. I would not be against a prohibition or ban on cyclists wearing headphones... Call me illiberal but it makes me absolutely terrified to see them bowling along unable to hear the traffic."

Banning headphones and pretending not wearing a helmet is illegal are at least cheaper and quicker measures to introduce than creating segregated cycling lanes throughout the city. [Metro]

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