Yesterday Mike Pintek of the Pittsburgh station KDKA used his radio program to incite violence against people riding bikes and asserted that recent victims of anti-bike violence are themselves to blame. The station has recently removed the program from the website but you can listen to it here.
Mike Pintek should lose his driver’s license and KDKA should fire him.
Driver’s licences are a privilege, not a right and if a person announces their desire to use their vehicle as a weapon, they should lose their license. If they use their job to incite others to commit violence, they should lose that job.
This is an excerpt from his rant (starts at 14:01):
I’ve gotta tell you they’ve been times when I’ve come around a curve on a country road and you’ve got three of em abreast in MY lane and they’re just lucky they’re alive. Because, am I WRONG?
There are some bicyclists who are just these arrogant little dorks that think they can do anything they want because they’re on a bicycle and ‘we’re being green and environmentally friendly”…
I have been thoroughly tempted — I haven’t done it cuz I’m not going to do it — I’m not that kind of person… but I have been so tempted to just bump em.
I have been so tempted to pull up behind them when they’re doing this — you know spread out across the road — put my car in neutral, jam the accelorator down, race the engine, and scare the living crap out of them.
They’ve got to stop being so arrogant about what they’re doing. They’ve got to obey the rules. they have to do the right thing or else they’re going to get killed.
I agree with him on the point that many cyclists break laws, but cyclists are not the only law-breakers on the road. In fact, I have personally witnessed several drivers break laws. I have been hit my one of them, a woman who was carrying a fake insurance card. But it also frustrates me when I see people on bikes blow through lights because I know that that is the one cyclist that drivers will notice — instead of me waiting my turn. But violence is not the solution. It’s an absurd, child-ish, and reprehensible reaction to another human being.
There have been several attacks on bicyclists in Pittsburgh in the past few weeks and Mike Pintek claimed that the victims were “asking for it”. I like what from PGH is a City has to say about this:
“Let’s certainly not excuse the attacks because some bicyclists may be “arrogant.” To me, this logic is akin to suggesting that women who wear short skirts are asking for rape. Or that men walking down the street deserve to be beat up if they flick their wrists. There is no excuse for this violence.”
We will not tolerate this. Marshall Adams is the program director of KDKA and you can email him at madams[at]kdka.com. Please do. This is not just a problem for Pittsburgh. This is a problem for everyone who walks, bikes, or drives. We need to share the road and we need to do it peacefully so we can all get where we are going safely.