Unplugging Runners, One State at a Time

Jan 27, 2011
Outside Magazine

Ipod runner Courtesy of Flickr

Runners in New York and Arkansas might soon find themselves unplugged, according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers in the two states have proposed restrictions on pedestrians operating electronic devices, such as iPods or cell phones, while using sidewalks and streets.

State legislators in Arkansas hope to ban walkers, runners and cyclists from wearing headphones in both ears. In New York, the law would target people using crosswalks; wearing an electronic device while crossing the street might result in a $100 civil fine.

So, if you're considering running the New York City or Little Rock marathons, better start training sans music.

--Whitney Dreier

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