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 firstname.lastname@example.org and voice your opinion on this subject.
In my opinion, staying silent will only encourage more irresponsible and dangerous situations for cyclist.