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CAN Calls for Full Attention While Cycling
24 Apr, 2010
The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) says cyclists, like all road users, need to pay full attention while on the road.

A woman cyclist killed yesterday after being struck by a train near Tauranga is believed to have been listening to an iPod-style music player.

CAN spokesman Bevan Woodward recommends that people shouldn't use headphones while cycling.

"The Road Code is clear. All drivers- and this includes cyclists- must not allow themselves to be distracted.

"We support the Road Code: don't play music so loudly that you can't hear emergency sirens, or the sound of warning bells when you're coming up to a railway level crossing.

"Any person cycling, like anyone walking or driving, needs to pay attention to traffic," said Mr Woodward.

"That means turning down the volume of your music player so that you can still detect important audio cues."

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