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  • Roger H. Gray
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      From: owner-americawalks@...
      [mailto:owner-americawalks@...]On Behalf Of Robin Brandt
      Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 8:57 PM
      To: Hawaii Bicycling list; America Walks (E-mail)
      Subject: Clear Channel Communications recently advocated violence against
      cyclists























      Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists BikeLeague News.
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      CYCLISTS OUTRAGED AGAIN BY CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTS
      Cyclists across the nation have reacted with furor to reports,
      widely disseminated on the Internet, that a Raleigh, NC radio station (G105)
      owned by Clear Channel Communications recently advocated violence against
      cyclists, including suggestions of how to run cyclists off the road. On two
      morning shows last week, the disc jockeys encouraged listeners to call in
      with stories of how they had harassed cyclists, whom they felt should not be
      on the road. One host joked of pelting cyclists with empty Yoo-Hoo bottles.
      Calls came in from listeners who agreed with him, and said that they would
      take similar action. A show intern discussed a man in her neighborhood who
      shoots a pellet gun at cyclists as they ride by his house, attempting to hit
      their tires to make them crash.

      According to a listener quoted in the October 1 Raleigh News
      Observer, "One caller said her dad had purposely hit a biker on the road on
      the way to church one Sunday and kept on going. That got laughs. Bob (one of
      the hosts) thought that was funny. And Bob said he'd love to be on a
      motorcycle and driving it down a bike lane. Because he didn't think bikers
      should be allowed on the road. He said they should ride on the sidewalk."

      The League is planning to address Clear Channel's repeated
      reckless programming and abhorrent encouragement of violence towards
      cyclists with the press, Members of Congress, and Clear Channel executives.

      The offending broadcasts come on the heels of similar
      broadcasts on Clear Channel stations in Houston and Cleveland encouraging
      motorists to taunt or even strike cyclists. Local advocates worked with the
      stations and the League to develop "share the road" and other safe cycling
      messages for public service announcements (PSA) and on other actions to make
      bicycling safer in the communities.

      To voice your outrage at these broadcasts, please visit the
      League's Advocacy Center.

      WALK TO SCHOOL DAY, OCTOBER 8
      Walk to School Day is next Wednesday, October 8. In 2002, over
      2500 schools in all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico,
      and nearly three million children from around the world participated in Walk
      to School Day to promote physical activity and health, safe streets, concern
      for the environment, and school spirit. Visit Walk to School to learn how
      easy and how much fun it is to get kids active and make your community more
      bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. Visit Bicycle Friendly Community to see
      what communities nationwide have done to make bicycling better.

      SHARE THE ROAD RALLY AND SUMMIT, OCTOBER 16-19, IN MADISON, FL
      If you haven't yet, REGISTER now to make sure you don't miss
      the fun at BikeFest 2003, Bike Florida's "Share the Road Rally and Summit"
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      country roads of scenic Madison County. Learn from educational workshops,
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      TYLER HAMILTON TO CHAIR MS CYCLING SERIES
      Tyler Hamilton, the unstoppable American who placed fourth in
      last summer's Tour de France despite a first stage crash that cracked his
      collarbone in two places, has become the National Chair of the National
      Multiple Sclerosis Society's MS Cycling Series. The Society's mission is to
      end the devastating effects of MS. "The courage and determination Tyler
      embodies personally and in his racing career personifies the spirit of
      people with MS," says Mike Dugan, president and CEO of the National MS
      Society. "This makes him the ideal symbol for the MS cause." Over 75,000
      cyclists participate in one or more of the nearly 100 MS rides held
      nationwide, raising more than $40 million for the cause. See
      http://www.nationalmssociety.org/MS%20Bike%20Tour.asp to learn about
      upcoming events and more about Hamilton.

      SAVE THE DATES: 2004 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT®, MARCH 3-5
      Don't miss the 2004 National Bike Summit®, convened by the
      League of American Bicyclists, March 3-5. Join bicycle advocates, industry
      leaders, transportation professionals, key legislators and government
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      PROMOTE BICYCLING AND CLEANER AIR
      Part of the focus of the fall campaign for the "It All Adds Up
      to Cleaner Air" (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the
      Environmental Protection Agency) is to promote bicycling as a non-polluting
      alternative form of transportation. "It All Adds Up" seeks to inform the
      public about the connection between transportation choices, traffic
      congestion and air pollution. It emphasizes simple, convenient actions
      people can take to improve air quality and reduce congestion. Bicycling and
      walking are stressed this fall, along with taking mass transit and
      carpooling. Visit http://www.italladdsup.gov/index.html for details.

      The campaign provides advertising and promotional messages and
      material including print ads, outdoor and transit ads, radio PSA scripts,
      flyers, press release template, online quiz, event/activity suggestions,
      draft newsletter article, and a seasonal "flash" e-mail. One ad says, "Burn
      calories, not rubber. Walking or bicycling to work, school or shopping is
      great exercise is great exercise and it can save you money. By walking or
      bicycling-even just one day a week-you'll help reduce traffic congestion and
      pollution. So keep it up because it all adds up to cleaner air."

      WALK/BIKE CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 15-18
      The California Bicycle Coalition and California Walks will
      host their Walk/Bike 2003 Conference in Oakland, starting October 15. They
      call on "everyone advancing walking and bicycling in California to come
      together to celebrate success stories, network, and build momentum for a
      movement with enormous potential to improve the quality of life for future
      generations." Featured speakers and other presenters will include
      nationally-recognized experts as well as state legislators, local, regional
      and state agency representatives, planners and engineers, public health
      promoters, pedestrian and bicyclist advocates, and more. To register and to
      find additional information, visit http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net.

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      VERB TO LAUNCH NEW CAMPAIGN FOR TWEENS
      The "VERB. It's what you do." (http://www.verbnow.com)
      integrated youth media campaign to promote physical activity among tweens
      (kids aged 9-13), sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
      (CDC), will soon launch its second seasonal promotion, "Extra Hour For Extra
      Action." The new effort, running until November 21 and designed to get
      tweens across America into the spirit of play, each and everyday, will begin
      October 26, the day clocks turn back and kids have an extra hour to get
      active. The CDC is looking for local leaders to help get kids moving with
      its action-packed promotion that offers children special rewards and
      recognition for bicycling and other forms of physical activity. "We need
      leaders such as you to help bring the "Extra Hour For Extra Action" to life
      on a local level." To get involved or for more information, write
      youthcampaign@...





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      Sorry to include the whole thing, but ... very disturbing to see this. And
      although some ped advocates are not fond of cyclists, I think it bodes
      poorly for all of us not driving when violence is advocated ... robin


      Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 16:24:19 -0700
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      CYCLISTS OUTRAGED AGAIN BY CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTS
      Cyclists across the nation have reacted with furor to reports, widely
      disseminated on the Internet, that a Raleigh, NC radio station (G105)
      owned by Clear Channel Communications recently advocated violence against
      cyclists, including suggestions of how to run cyclists off the road. On
      two morning shows last week, the disc jockeys encouraged listeners to call
      in with stories of how they had harassed cyclists, whom they felt should
      not be on the road. One host joked of pelting cyclists with empty Yoo-Hoo
      bottles. Calls came in from listeners who agreed with him, and said that
      they would take similar action. A show intern discussed a man in her
      neighborhood who shoots a pellet gun at cyclists as they ride by his
      house, attempting to hit their tires to make them crash.

      According to a listener quoted in the October 1 Raleigh News Observer
      (http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2911339p-2677916c.html), “One caller
      said her dad had purposely hit a biker on the road on the way to church
      one Sunday and kept on going. That got laughs. Bob (one of the hosts)
      thought that was funny. And Bob said he'd love to be on a motorcycle and
      driving it down a bike lane. Because he didn't think bikers should be
      allowed on the road. He said they should ride on the sidewalk."

      The League is planning to address Clear Channel’s repeated reckless
      programming and abhorrent encouragement of violence towards cyclists with
      the press, Members of Congress, and Clear Channel executives.

      The offending broadcasts come on the heels of similar broadcasts on Clear
      Channel stations in Houston and Cleveland encouraging motorists to taunt
      or even strike cyclists. Local advocates worked with the stations and the
      League to develop “share the road” and other safe cycling messages for
      public service announcements (PSA) and on other actions to make bicycling
      safer in the communities.

      To voice your outrage at these broadcasts, please visit the League’s
      Advocacy Center (http://econstituent.votenet.com/lab).


      WALK TO SCHOOL DAY, OCTOBER 8
      Walk to School Day is next Wednesday, October 8. In 2002, over 2500
      schools in all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and
      nearly three million children from around the world participated in Walk
      to School Day to promote physical activity and health, safe streets,
      concern for the environment, and school spirit. Visit
      http://www.walktoschool.org to learn how easy and how much fun it is to
      get kids active and make your community more bicycle and
      pedestrian-friendly. Visit http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org to see
      what communities nationwide have done to make bicycling better. The League
      is currently working on a Safe Routes to School curriculum. Please check
      out more on these efforts and ways you can help at
      https://www.bikeleague.org/commerce/donate.htm.

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      VERB TO LAUNCH NEW CAMPAIGN FOR TWEENS
      The “VERB. It's what you do.” (http://www.verbnow.com) integrated youth
      media campaign to promote physical activity among tweens (kids aged 9-13),
      sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), will soon
      launch its second seasonal promotion, "Extra Hour For Extra Action.” The
      new effort, running until November 21 and designed to get tweens across
      America into the spirit of play, each and everyday, will begin October 26,
      the day clocks turn back and kids have an extra hour to get active. The
      CDC is looking for local leaders to help get kids moving with its
      action-packed promotion that offers children special rewards and
      recognition for bicycling and other forms of physical activity. “We need
      leaders such as you to help bring the "Extra Hour For Extra Action" to
      life on a local level.” To get involved or for more information, write
      mailto:youthcampaign@....



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