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Exercising Outside with Ear/headphones

  • Published
  • By TSgt Judy Walker
  • 164 AW/SE
Over the recent years, the Air Force has relaxed the policy on wearing ear/headphone while running outside. The use of portable ear/headphones or other listening devices are no longer prohibited on base while exercising outside provided that a single-bud of the earpiece is utilized while on a roadway.

Except from AFI91-207, The US Air Force Traffic Safety Program, 22 MAY 2007

3.2.3. Wearing portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices while operating a motor vehicle, running, jogging, walking, bicycling, or skating (e.g. roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, etc.) on AF installation roadways is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free telephone headset or single-bud earpiece. This does not include the use of hearing aids, nor does it negate the requirement for wearing hearing protective equipment where conditions dictate their use.

EXCEPTION: Motorcycle helmet intercom system between operator and passenger is permitted.

To clarify:
if you are running or walking on a sidewalk, both ear buds may be use. Running or walking on the roadway, requires the use of a single ear bud or none at all.

As always, use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Keep the volume on all listening devices low.

Runners/walkers should utilize sidewalks, where available. If sidewalks are not available, runners/walkers will stay on the left side (not the middle or right hand side) of the roadway, single file, facing on-coming traffic. All participants are required to move to the shoulder of the road or off the roadway to provide a safe distance between participants and on-coming traffic.