Kyoto will introduce fines for cyclists who text or use a cell phone while cycling.
In addition, cycling while using headphones or earbuds "at high volume that prevents one from hearing the sounds around one" also will result in penalties.
According to news reports, both of these behaviors will face fines of "up to 50,000 yen" (about $500).
We support this move but are skeptical that, short of causing an accident, few cyclists will ever be stopped and fined for cell phone use or listening to music while cycling.
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