So, I've been riding for a long time like most of us I guess and commuting recently I've seen more and more people joining in which is great, but I do wonder about the wisdom of riding in heavy traffic while listening to music. I know I rely on my ears nearly as much as my peripheral vision and just wouldn't do it on the road (off-road is a different story). I used occasionally to ride my motorbike with headphones on and stopped after realising how much more isolated you feel from your surroundings?
So anyone think it's a good idea? because I wince when I see people who are fairly clearly new to cycling pottering along in traffic with headphones on and staring straight ahead