Do you recall that scene in The Hunt for Red October where Sean Connery’s character asks to verify the distance to target… one ping only… ?
Well California SB 491, which became enforceable Jan 1 2016, now says “One earbud only, please.”
Applying to operators of all vehicles on the road – motor vehicles and bicycles alike – the legislation makes it illegal to travel our roads with two earbuds in place. An earbud in a single ear, however, is still legal.
Other interesting bicycle related legislation taking effect includes:
- SB 530, which clarifies the definition of “pedicab” and seems directly targeted at some of the “beer crawl” and “pub crawl” services here several people are applying pedal power to a four wheeled vehicle that is ultimately steered and controlled by a non-drinking “driver.”
- AB 1096, which clarifies the definition of “electric bicycle” as differentiated from “motorized bicycle.”
- AB 604, defines what an “electric skateboard” is, and requires that anyone one one wear a bicycle helmet regardless of age.