6.27.2005

I am too angry to type
my mind is locked up
blood boiling till steam is coming out of my ears!

okay
serenity now
serenity now!
SERENITY NOW!
okay... I am better now
take a listen to this short little audio clip

Anti-Bike Commentary on WAMU Radio in DC

The current edition of WAMU's weekly Metro Connection radio program ends
with about a 3-minute "commentary" by former TV network correspondent
Marvin Kalb, arguing that bicyclists belong on "bike paths", not roads
such as MacArthur Blvd in Montgomery County, MD and Broad Branch Road in
Rock Creek Park (DC).

Here's the segment description posted at
(http://www.wamu.org/programs/mc/index.php):

"Commentary by Marvin Kalb - bikes & cars Commentator Marvin Kalb has
some thoughts about cars and bicylces -and why it's a good idea they
should never meet on our already crowded local roads."

This program will air again from 5-6 AM on Saturday morning and 2-3 AM
on Monday morning.

To listen to the Real Player audio for this segment, go to:
(http://www.wamu.org/audio/mc/05/06/mc050624-8041.ram)

To provide your feedback, call WAMU's Listener Comment Line at
202-885-1213 or send an email to
met-@wamu.org; dfurst@wamu.org


please give this a listen
and then send your comments to the email address posted above
another rant from the mind of gwadzilla

here is how I responded to this sound bite
sending now... so no response to post

Hello WAMU-
Earlier today a fellow cyclist shared with me an ANTI-BICYCLING piece that aired on WAMU.
Without hesitation I went to the link and downloaded the piece.
Needless to say I was steamed.
Two seconds into the Real Player sound bite I had to hit pause... I could not listen.
My blood started to boil.... my heart started to race at an unhealthy level.
The radio piece evoked the exact same feeling that overtook my body as I was nearly rear ended yesterday on my bicycle by someone who apparrently has the same ignorant perspective to bicycles, the road, and the law.
Once calmed down I then went back and listened to the full radio program in its entirety and then again several times throughout the day.
Each time I listened I managed to get just as aggravated as the time before.
So I write to you now....
If Marvin looked at the signs on Piney Branch he would see two things....
a sign that warns drivers that cyclists will be on the road
and
a sign saying that the Speed Limit is 25MPH
It boggles the mind that he has never seen either of these things before.
Had Marvin been going the speed limit there would not have been a PANIC situation.
Had Marvin anticipated what the signs had predicted.... then no one would have been at risk.
As far as MacArthur Blvd. goes....
that section of road has been a cyclist playground since I was a kid in the 70's.... out riding my bicycle with my fishing rod to Old Angler's Inn
If these people did not expect the cyclists then they were driving in unfamiliar territory.
Seeing cyclists on this stretch of road is to be expected.
As far as "a traffic jam" created by two cyclist riding side by side....
Cyclists do not create traffic... cyclists are traffic just like any car.
If a cyclist breaks the law... they are subject to a penalty just like a car driver.
People on bicycles are just that... people. People who are someone's father/mother/son/daughter/friend.... just like the people in the car.
It is vital that such journalism is avoided because if fuels an anti-cyclist fire. It dehumanizes the cyclist.
People in such a position should think before they speak.
this is an issue that is close to my heart
it is an issue that is difficult to discuss... my rights to my safety are so simple that I can not put them into words
I could go on and on and the go on some more on this topic, but I will refrain.
What this Radio Piece shows me is that we need some Public Service Annoncements to educate the car drivers of bicycle safety, bicyclist's rights, and the human element of the cyclist. Then on top of that people could also learn that bicycles are not creating traffic... they are eleviating traffic... I own a car... I choose to ride a bicycle
thanks for listening...
joel gwadz
husband
father of two
dog owner
and of course a cyclist

and here is the response from David Furst of Metro Connection
Joel,
Thanks for the e-mail. As you would expect, we have received loads of
complaints about this piece. I was on vacation for the last week and a
half, so the first chance I had to listen to this piece was Sunday night.
We'll be discussing the commentary at the station this week and I have
already asked WABA (Washington Area Bicyclists Association) to write a
rebuttal. We're running the response on Metro Connection this Friday.

Thanks again,
David Furst
Producer, Metro Connection

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