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    Anti-bike rant on the radio

    Got this in an email from our local club's emailing list. Thought I'd share:


    As I was driving last night I was listening to The Town Hall on 106.3, it is a local talk radio show. A caller called in to report an accident involving a moped near the Gordon Road area and the conversation turned to how dangerous mopeds and bicycles were in the Wilmington [North Carolina] area traffic. Much to my dismay, the host, Justin Meccia, and his co-host, Matthew David, were of the opinion that bicycles had no business being on the roads in the first place. It was their opinion that they belonged on the sidewalk, after all they are not registered and therefore pay no taxes and have no right to share the road. It was I believe Mr David who was of the opinion that the less number of wheels you had on the road, the less rights you had on the road. This included motorcycles and any other 2 wheeled vehicle. Mr Meccia was of the opinion that if you road on a busy street such as Kerr Ave or 17th street that you were just plain stupid. What I heard next shocked and disgusted me. Mr Meccia made a comment along the lines of "use your car door" to move the offending bicycles out of the way.
    It was at this point that I pulled over and called in to voice my dismay at such and irresponsible and dangerous comment. I pointed out that it was illegal for cyclist to ride on the sidewalk and that we would love to ride somewhere where we are not forced to share the roads with 3000 pound vehicles but unfortunately we have to work with what we have. I told him that I was shocked that a radio talk show host would make such an outrageous statement. They played it off as having just been a joke, even pointing out the fact that he could not do that because the cyclist would be on the passenger side of the car, therefore he couldn't use the drivers side door to knock someone off the bike. He said that he did not advocate running bikes off the road but did not back down from his statement that in his opinion they did not belong on the public roads.
    I would urge you to contact the general manager, Paul Knight, at Thebigtalkerfm.com, or the show itself at townhall@sea-comm.com and voice your opinion on this subject.
    In my opinion, staying silent will only encourage more irresponsible and dangerous situations for cyclist.
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    Dear "The Town Hall"/106.3 FM,

    This letter is in response to your 12/18 broadcast by Justin Meccia disparaging bicycle drivers' use of roadways.

    Given the public safety issues at stake when inaccurate information about driving and bicycling is broadcast over the airwaves, I strongly recommend that your staff consult the NCDOT materials on safe cycling practices at
    http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle...e_cycling.html before making any more such broadcasts on the subject.

    In 2003, WDCG FM in Raleigh made a similar set of broadcasts to yours that encouraged unsafe behaviour by the traveling public, i.e. encouraging cyclists to ride on sidewalks (where the injury rate is much higher) and encouraging motorists to harass cyclists operating properly on roadways. WDCG later broadcast many hundreds of public service announcements in an effort to undue the damage they caused. You may read about more about those events at this web site: http://www.humantransport.org/bicycledriving/wdcg.htm

    Different vehicle types have different advantages and disadvantages, and different people have different needs and preferences. Fortunately, our roadways and traffic laws allow accommodation of a diversity of vehicle types for transportation. If this were not the case, many people would be limited to vehicles they don't need, don't want, can’t afford, or can't use.

    An unfortunate reality of our roadway system is that all forms of traffic affect all other forms of traffic. No road user is immune to traffic delays or innocent of creating them for others. Although the cause and nature of the delays generated by traffic may appear different from one vehicle type to the next, comparison of the total induced delays caused by different vehicle types fails to reveal any significant net difference long-term. Time and time again, our free society has found that the advantages of allowing transportation via a diversity of vehicle types outweighs convenience-oriented arguments for prohibition of certain vehicle types on the surface streets that provide essential access to our local destinations. This is especially true for those vehicles that are the most affordable, are the most environmentally friendly, occupy the least space, do the least damage to roadways, generate the least noise, and create the least danger for other innocent road users.

    When issues of traffic-related inconvenience arise, the prudent response is to improve or supplement the transportation facility, not ban a segment of the population from travel. If some motorists feel that they are unreasonably delayed by slow traffic, they can lobby for construction of extra road space for passing or promote a redundant system of expressways that slower travelers won't need to use. Many communities have elected to incorporate improved passing facilities into their roadways via construction of wide (14' or wider) outside travel lanes. In other locations, delays caused by slower traffic may be too small to warrant the costs of roadway widening, and taxpayer money may be better spent in other ways.

    Some motorists who wish to avoid the responsibilities and occasional inconveniences of motor vehicle travel have claimed that use of slow, open vehicles on roadways is unreasonably dangerous. However, analysis of safety data for bicycle transportation shows this to be untrue. Bicycle drivers who follow the vehicular rules of the road when traveling on roadways enjoy a safety record similar to automobile users, safer than sidewalk cyclists, and much safer than motorcycle users. Our society's respect for the travel rights of vulnerable but lawfully operating road users is what keeps these bicyclists safe. Those impatient road users who treat bicycle drivers with disrespect and make inflammatory statements intent on depriving other groups of their equal right to travel upon our public street system are the ones creating the real danger.

    Often we hear claims from very vocal individuals that bicyclists are not taxed enough or regulated enough to deserve to use public streets. Advocates for bicyclists are willing to entertain these concerns when they are presented in a constructive manner, but once a realistic discussion of the costs and benefits of various revenue collection and regulation schemes begins, the vocal complainants usually lose interest. It appears that these individuals are not really interested in ensuring that the system is fair or effective; rather, they are only interested in changes that will discourage bicycling. If these bicycling critics are primarily interested in their own convenience as motorists, perhaps their efforts would be better spent lobbying for improved roadway facilities such as wide outside lanes. Bicycling critics may also point out that some bicycle operators create hazards for other road users by habitually violating the rules of the road. Lawfully operating bicycle drivers share this concern and advocate better education and enforcement of the traffic laws we already have as they apply to all drivers of vehicles.

    Sometimes members of the motoring public will express empathy for utilitarian bicyclists who don't use cars, but exhibit anger toward recreational cyclists who use popular roads at popular times. Some of these motorists suggest that the government place prohibitions on recreational bicycle travel. This concept is fraught with problems. First, it is impossible to tell one's trip purpose simply from appearance, since many utilitarian cyclists use the same bicycles and clothing as recreational cyclists, and second, the government has never been granted an interest in the citizens' trip purpose for everyday travel on public streets. Do we wish to open a Pandora's box of civil liberty infringements where our government can stop citizens for their appearance, demand to know their trip purpose, and arrest them for traveling for unapproved reasons? If recreational travel is subject to prohibition does that mean that trips to sporting events and vacations may be prohibited to reduce traffic? May the government ban "sports cars", "sport utility vehicles" and "RVs" in order to spare the public from their impact on roads? It seems far better to allow everyone to use our roadways, and to design and regulate them to make them as safe and efficient as possible for mixed traffic. That way we can continue to enjoy living in a free country, with equal opportunity for all.

    Sincerely,

    Steven Goodridge, Ph.D.
    North Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving

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    I would never buy a car from someone who knowingly or unknowingly contributes to the injury of cyclists. I wonder if this dealer knows that its ad dollars are going to this kind of hate mongering.

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    Thanks Eric. I just sent them my 2 cents as follows;

    "To the Big Talker FM,
    I'm shocked at what was said by Mr. Meccia about using your car door to knock bicycle riders out of the way! WTF??!! Are you (Mr. Meccia) some kind of constant road-rager? I hope you realize the dangers that comment poses to cyclists. The totally irresponsible nature of that comment is completely uncalled for. Maybe I should use my .44 magnum to knock irresponsible DJ's off the air? Oh, you don't like that idea?
    That figures! But do you see the correlation there?
    Well, just remember what you said on the air the next time your kid is out riding their bike!

    Sincerely,

    M. Bunten"

    But due to the fact that I'm in CA., you'll have to keep us BF readers updated on any public service notices that they may air recanting their LAME comments!

    Thanks again for the OP.

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    Beautifully constructed letter. I'm baffled how some people are so irresponsible like this Mr. Meccia.
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    Hopefully the precedent set by WDCG FM should force this station to take action against their idiot DJ.

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    I am so excited by all three of you that I've read so far voicing concern! The immediate phone call; exceptional. The beautiful letter; exceptional. The letter with "WTF" in it; well OK, good enough .

    THANK YOU.

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    I'm beginning to think the idea of making fun of bike riders to raise ratings is shared at radio broadcast conventions.

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    Is there no responsibility by radio broadcasters to a higher authority? I think everyone should write something. I may not be the most eloquent but here it is:

    To people responsible for broadcasts at "The Town Hall"/106.3 FM,

    This is in response to your 12/18 broadcast by Justin Meccia regarding bicycles, and how they should be dealt with by motorists.

    I am extremely disappointed that such irresponsible and inflammatory broadcasts are put on the air. DJs with such irresponsible attitudes, commenting on topics that they are totally unacquainted with, should not be allowed to talk freely to the masses. Especially from "The Town Hall", which carries with it an aura of responsibility and reason.

    If your DJs drive vehicles on public roadways, I would urge them to re-examine your state laws regarding all vehicles, including bicycles.

    The biggest problem utilitarian cyclists are facing in North America is that of the public not being informed. Most of the public driving cars have absolutely no clue about the roots of their paved roadways nor about the rights of other road users. While a great deal of cyclists should be prosecuted for unlawful operation of vehicles, this by no means implies that the current laws are bad: they are just not enforced. If DJs have issues with illegal operation of bicycles on roadways, they should mobilize your community to enforce the laws already in place to protect everyone.

    Illegal operation of bicycles against traffic, at night with no lights, and on side walks, are the most common causes of people's problems with bicycles, not lawful operation as part of traffic.

    If your DJs would like to become more informed on many bicycle related topics I would seriously encourage them to use the Internet, starting by browsing through the databases at "http://www.bikeforums.org".

    I sincerely hope your DJs will broaden their horizons,
    Jakub Ner
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    Going after the show's advertisers is an excellent idea.
    Last edited by randya; 12-19-06 at 03:59 PM.

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    More than anything, what really gets me about these type of rants is that they serve to promote the general misinformation that many motorists wrongly believe... especially that stuff about "road taxes."

    Meanwhile, there is no source giving motorists the facts.

    I have suggested billboards and even PSAs, but some bike advocates insist that none are needed... as if the public really does understand the rights of cyclists and the rules of the road.

    Sigh.

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    Did anyone order a transcript of the show to see what was actually said?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle
    Did anyone order a transcript of the show to see what was actually said?
    Send them $10 after making anti-cyclist comments?!?
    You're joking, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head
    I'm beginning to think the idea of making fun of bike riders to raise ratings is shared at radio broadcast conventions.
    I strongly suspect you are onto something there HH. Or, maybe the idea is hatched by radio industry "marketing consultants" in conference rooms somewhere. What supports this suspicion of mine, is the number of times this had happened over the past ten years. Man, what has happened to the radio business? The only thing surprising here is the time of year. These impotent diatribes generally turn up in the June-July time frame.


    I believe Mr David who was of the opinion that the less number of wheels you had on the road, the less rights you had on the road. This included motorcycles and any other 2 wheeled vehicle.
    Well now, that's a brave statement. Really? Any two-wheeled vehicle? Okay Mister David. You're certainly free to express your opinion. Now go and tell it to this man. And I mean in person, not sitting in a closed studio, inside a high-security office building.
    "The People will believe what the Media tells them they believe". George Orwell.

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    Thanks for the support, everyone. Lots of people here are emailing and calling the station too. There is talk of a ride to the station in protest too. I'll keep you posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric von zipper
    Thanks for the support, everyone. Lots of people here are emailing and calling the station too. There is talk of a ride to the station in protest too. I'll keep you posted.
    Before the protest ride, have a "good cop" strategy as follows:

    Have a bike club president or other locally recognized cyclist advocate walk into to the station alone, in a nice suit and tie, and ask politely to make an appointment to meet with the station manager.

    Bring "official" bicycle safety and education materials that support on-roadway cycling to the meeting. A copy of Streetwise Cycling from NCDOT's web page (I gave the URL in my previous post) is a good example.

    Be extremely polite at the meeting. Present the cyclists' concerns in a way that conveys understanding rather than a desire for conflict. Suggest possible constructive steps the station can take, such as airing PSAs about sharing the road. (See below for PSA text I got approved by NCDOT).

    Leave contact information and a plan for follow-up.

    When I did this at the Clear Channel station in Raleigh after their broadcasts, I got the follow-up, and the station manager even attended a regional bicycle transportation planning meeting on my suggestion. The station manager worked with me and NCDOT to develop PSAs. I didn't get everything that I wanted but the station manager and DJ were certainly sorry and aren't about to let it happen again.

    Steve Goodridge
    Advocacy Officer, NC Bicycle Club

    The following PSAs were aired by Clear Channel in Raleigh, NC in 2003 as described above:

    [Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities of other road users. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road.

    [Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind motorists to only pass a bicycle when it's safe to do so. Slow down and give cyclists three feet of passing room. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road.

    [Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that bicycle riders have the same rights as motorists, so motorists should yield to bicycles like any other vehicle. Never cut off bicyclists. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

    [Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind both cyclists and motorists to obey all traffic laws, stop signs, and traffic lights. Whether you ride your bike or drive your car, please share the road!

    [Station ID], the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists that North Carolina law requires bicycles to have lights at night, and for safety's sake, all cyclists should wear a helmet. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

    [Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind you that state law requires bicyclists to travel on the right half of the road in the same direction as other vehicles. Riding on the right is much safer than the wrong side because other drivers don't expect wrong-way traffic. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

    [Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists to ride on the roadway instead of sidewalks. Bicyclists who use sidewalks are actually more likely to have collisions with cars than those who use the road and follow the road rules. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

    [Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind bicyclists to stay out of the door zone. Bicyclists should ride at least four feet away from parked cars so they won't be trapped by the sudden opening of a door. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

    [Station ID] and the North Carolina Bicycle Club remind motorists that it isn't always safe to pass a bicyclist within the same lane. If the lane's too narrow or other conditions require a bicyclist to use the full lane, motorists should change lanes to pass. Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle
    Did anyone order a transcript of the show to see what was actually said?
    Will they provide one?

    When I requested one from Clear Channel years back, they refused my request for either a transcript or recording. It was a smoking *** that they didn't want to let out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sggoodri
    Will they provide one?

    When I requested one from Clear Channel years back, they refused my request for either a transcript or recording. It was a smoking *** that they didn't want to let out.
    I'm going to look into the transcripts and/or a copy of the broadcast tomorrow. If I can get them, I would like to fwd. them to the local media.
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    go Eric!

    It's great to see the internet being used to blast these talk radio thugs out of their safe havens. Keep us abreast of further developments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric von zipper
    I'm going to look into the transcripts and/or a copy of the broadcast tomorrow. If I can get them, I would like to fwd. them to the local media.
    The station offers transcripts for $10. If you do pick one up could you post the relevant info here?

    I'll be happy to write 'em a letter, but I want to know exactly what was said before doing that.

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    I still get a chuckle every time I hear someone mention that cyclists don't belong on the road because of registration money or gas taxes or wot not. It just shows how uninformed they are about our tax system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrosseyedCrickt
    I still get a chuckle every time I hear someone mention that cyclists don't belong on the road because of registration money or gas taxes or wot not. It just shows how uninformed they are about our tax system.
    Exactly, but as long as the voice on the radio reinforces this myth, it just gets stronger.

    Too bad it is never actually countered by a voice just as strong. All the public tends to hear afterward are a bunch of apologies or weak PSAs about cycling... also negatively reinforcing their image of cycling.

    Cycling needs some strong public figures putting out positive reinforcement and telling the public the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycle
    ...I'll be happy to write 'em a letter, but I want to know exactly what was said before doing that...
    Hehe, thought about that *after* writing my letter. Yours is the more reasonable avenue. Albeit should they not provide a transcript in the end, please still go ahead with the letter based on the information you have from this Internet community.

    As you can see many bad decisions are made based on falsities and heresay. Wars are even started. How far from the truth could this be?

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    Another tack that could be taken is a letter to the FCC, with copies to the local congressmen, and the radio station. Part of the requirements for an FCC license to use the public airwaves are that they contribute to the public good. If you can show that the radio station is working against that good, it may be more difficult for them to get their license renewed. Whether or not the license is actually at risk, it should be something that gets the attention of station management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauerwald
    Another tack that could be taken is a letter to the FCC, with copies to the local congressmen, and the radio station. Part of the requirements for an FCC license to use the public airwaves are that they contribute to the public good. If you can show that the radio station is working against that good, it may be more difficult for them to get their license renewed. Whether or not the license is actually at risk, it should be something that gets the attention of station management.
    We looked at doing this with Clear Channel, and it didn't go anywhere. The FCC made it very clear that the only thing they regulated or generally cared about in terms of broadcast content was obscenity.

    The FCC officials we contacted recommended that local police handle claims of incitement to violence or other safety hazards resulting from inappropriate broadcast.

    My feelings about the FCC turning a blind eye to advocation of violence while getting bent out of shape over harmless dirty words - and the politics behind this policy - are off topic for this forum.

    In any event, the radio stations know this policy, and will laugh at you if you suggest they might lose their license due to "controversial" speech that doesn't include the F word.

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