Riding on open roads with the high volume of traffic in southern CA is a risk cyclists take in exchange for the enjoyment of riding on two wheels. With that risk comes the responsibility to obey laws and not provide further ammunition to drivers (false or otherwise) against cyclists. We\'ve all had close calls and it\'s not fun.
This post isn\'t about going through a light on a group ride when it turns "pink" or riding three abreast instead of single file as far to the right as possible. This is about something each and every individual has complete control over and that\'s wearing headphones when you ride. Being alert of what is going on around you with you eyes and ears at full attention is of paramount importance when you ride. You wouldn\'t do it when you are behind the wheel so please consider this when you are fully exposed (except for the Lycra) on your bike.
At the very least, if you have to listen to Englebert Humperdink\'s greatest hits or you want Britney Spears to "Hit you one more time" along with your pre-ride consumption of a 5-hour energy drink in order to get amped up while riding, do it when you ride solo and not in a group. At least minimize the danger to yourself and not others who are riding right next to you. Thank you for taking the time to read this PSA.