sean mcdowell geezuz, this oughtta be good…i am so sick of bicyclists demanding “respect”….i’m on Grant St. Sun. AM, downtown, heading back to the Parkway West, left hand lane…there’s a chick on a bicycle, right hand lane next to me, taking up the ENTIRE right hand lane, as bicyclists frequently do…so i’m giving her the “4 feet on the left” blah, blah, blah” “respect” thing….the light at Grant and 5th is RED, she goes RIGHT THRU it! the next light is Grant and 4th, also RED, she goes RIGHT THRU that! So you bicylists want “respect”, but you play by your own rules?? WTF!! I don’t want to judge all bicyclists by one’s behavior, but WAY too many of you bicyclists are idiots on the road…Enuff is enuff, man…too many of you bicyclists don’t deserve my respect…
It would help if cyclists did give at least some semblance of the Idaho rules to things that are red. I was waiting out the light on eastbound Blvd of the Allies at Grant on Friday, on my way to OTB, when some girl went flying past me on a full red. I mean, c’mon, that’s not an intersection to screw around with. People coming down Grant, heading for the Parkway on-ramp, they’re flying. Yeah, there might be some reds where you can get away with a rolling stop, but a corner that big, that busy, to blow through it at speed (past a stopped cyclist), yeah, I can see where the ‘DVE dude can be coming from.
That does not excuse the ‘DVE dude from saying asinine things on the air, though!
Hm, I made a post on the DVE page offering to ride along with Mr. McDowell to compile a list of traffic violations he commits, but it disappeared.
His comments amount to the usual tired old self-righteous crap but some of the responses are absolutely disgusting. Seriously, Ken Anthony – “RUN THEM ALL OVER, LET GOD SORT THEM OUT”.
hm, I just saw Stu “liked” my FB comment, yet I can’t see it either on the WDVE wall or on my own. I’ve given up trying to understand the quirks of FB.
I saw it here first, then went over to Fb, where it was in the scrolling column on the right. (I guess the name for that is the mini-feed?) I clicked on that, it popped up, I clicked “Like”, but could not see the original story.
Even clicking on the link above, I cannot see the original post in Fb. I guess I would have to “Like” the WDVE page itself.
Yeah I am going to sit at Negley and hampton one day with my camera and record all of the drivers being perfect. I also need to find an intersection with a traffic light and do the same thing. I would also like to have some sort of radar gun in front of my house, which is in a school zone (normally 25mph otherwise) and just watch the number of people who roll the stop sign at the beginning of the block, speed up to 40mph past my house/the school, then roll the next stop sign at the end of the block. I would also be interested to compare the number of cyclists who do the same (roll stop signs). I am guessing that drivers are worse, as demonstrated from YouTube videos of the same thing. I also want to ride down a typical two way street and count the number of cars parked in the wrong direction, which I understand is illegal and just lazy. And then record people pulling illegal u-turns. Then record all of the people who fly down federal street and do not yield to pedestrians outside of my office trying to cross in the clearly marked sidewalk with the clearly marked signs to yield to peds. Then I want to drive my car up One Wild place and record the person behind me driving up my ass as I drive 25mph (it is a park), which ALWAYS happens.
Maybe if someone just makes the general statement “if someone does something stupid and dangerous, I won’t feel badly about an injury to that person (and hopeully involving no one else) that results from their stupid actions,” I would agree. But to wish to harm someone else because you saw something you didn’t like, that is just stupid and kinda gives the idea that the person saying that is a psychopath. I don’t like crying babies but I don’t tell the parents that Everyone should just run their babies over to shut them up.
Typical Clarks fans. Now I need to call Clear Channel and PAT tomorrow to bitch about their employees doing stupid shit. Ironic enough one call will be about a bus forcing me to find out how well my brakes on my car work and then having the driver yell and swear at me because he was near the end of his shift.
Agh. Wish I hadn’t read this. My blood pressure is now 230429390 times higher than it was five minutes ago. I hate everything.
“You people” type statements reveal so much before people even finish saying them. THis guy probably deserves his fan base.
Anonymous 09/09/2012 at 10:41pm #
the mob mentality of close-minded hatred and anti-cycling bigotry has perplexed my mind profoundly.
i’ve done up and gone broken.
It’s very stupid, just like “I’m not racist, but…. [insert racist comment]”.
An idea – for the next week or so call the station really regularly and request that they play Queen’s “Bicycle Race.”
Todd: you didn’t post as a comment on the post, but directly on their wall, so it’s on the right-hand side, under “Recent Posts by Others on 102.5 WDVE”.
Anonymous 09/09/2012 at 11:14pm #
@mboyd : better option is to call the station management & tell them you, your family, friends, and associates will no longer support the station or any of their advertisers because of the public actions of a member of their on-air staff.
Who are the Steelers players known to ride bikes? Perhaps they could be convinced to weigh in since WDVE capitalizes on the team brand so much.
Yeah, I posted on their wall/profile/timeline/whatever-its-called-now deliberately… I do see it now (and some other similar posts, nice), but I had to manually select “posts by others”.
Antonio Brown is the Steeler who did the “ride to work” video, and I’ve heard Mike Tomlin rides as well.
Ugh now I’m arguing about things that aren’t even bike-related, just to egg people on. I need to get away from the internet for an hour or so, or else I might start quoting song lyrics in that thread, haha
Anonymous 09/10/2012 at 12:02am #
It would be interesting to see a new safe-cycling / driving awareness psa with Brown / Tomlin. Makes you wonder how fast some of the stronger anti-cycling hatred would change if one of their hallowed sports figures we’re to get injured by a vehicle.
I saw someone expressing her frustration with cyclists in the McDonald area because . . . they don’t ride on trails.
Get to the back of the bus, cyclists.
In other news, there has been a rash of fatal automobile accidents in that area, including a head on accident involving excessive speed that killed 3 on Joffre-Bulger Road in May. Strange that people seem more concerned about a few people inconveniencing them for a few minutes.
If one more inbred tard tells me to ride my bike in the park im gonna snap. I used to try to be nice then i just tried to make it home. Now its just “dont hit them” over and over again!
I threw my my hat into the filthy WDVE ring as well, although I feel a little dirty about responding.
dbacklover: every time I hear someone scream “Get off the #&%@ing road,” or “Ride on the trail,” I find myself tempted to scream “Stop inbreeding.” I suppress the urge out of self-preservation and a sense of loyalty to the local cycling community. We’re already perceived as elitists, as is.
Every once in a while, someone posts a comment that seems to sum up the real reason some people hate us so much. The presumably unintentional irony is merely an added bonus:
I find many cyclists to have entitlement issues! My husband cycled for many years and can not stand the way some of these people operate these days. Really? Do you have that big of a death wish? And remember…. SINGLE FILE… Not a cluster of a dozen blocking the whole damn road out where we live. Not to mention tormenting my dogs that are restrained (fence or on a run) on my property as you pass by. Stay the hell off of my country road and stick to your bike path. It could get ugly !!!!
I can’t help but shake my head my head at the contradictory accusation of entitlement, followed by the speaker’s attempt to claim ownership of “her road.”
If we strip away the claims about taxes, licensing, and questionable behavior, I think we’ll see a major source of resentment encapsulated in this post: the perception of personal ownership of a public space.
I like calling them Clarks fans. For some reason it really bothers them to be called fans of a band they like.
HA orionz – I have always hated the Clarks. Just not my cup of tea. Donny Iris, big fan. Clarks? not so much.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I don’t facebook. All those cooky things people used to mutter under their breath in frustration, now get typed up and posted like electronic graffiti cluttering the interwebs and whipping everybody up into a stressed out frenzy.
Most drivers are fine, even the people randomly typing up BS on FB. They’re just suffering from that standard disconnect between the brain and keyboard that is required to log on (it happens when you “accept the terms and conditions”).
I like the Clarks but can’t stand how they are held up on a pedestal for writing the same song over and over and playing the same set list over and over. They WalMart’ed local music on some ways.
Anonymous 09/10/2012 at 2:51am #
they’ve been playing the same song since ’86
Oh, should I? Should I?
Eh, would just be more attention for this dinosaur.
between this and the genius insisting that colin must have done SOMETHING to cause his attack over on the pg comments i’m in one hell of a bad mood.
I think I woke up to your angry typing in the middle of the night…
Looks like DVE took down McDowell’s post. Took them long enough.
Anonymous 09/10/2012 at 4:39pm #
Now all they need to do is get.some music made this millennium.
Would be nice if that came with a “Sorry guys, while we appreciate the ability of our employees to have their own opinions we wish for them to not use our outlets to express all of them.”
Sean McDowell has always been a reach out to the inbred anyhow.
“Hey, Ma-an! How about some cold brewskies!”
I threw my hat on this again, since I’m sincerely appalled and upset at what that joke-of-a-disc joker posted against cyclists. Maybe it is wrong from my part to “stir the pot” again, but I really don’t think it should be as easy as “deleting” the post off their page to get off the hook about what what written and commented in there.
So I posted the following on the WDVE-FB page:
“You might have deleted Sean McDowell’s uneducated and hateful rant disguised as “freedom of speech” against cyclists from FB, but me, along with the rest of the cycling community of Pittsburgh and beyond, still know what he said and how insensitive it was. I hope that WDVE, Mr McDowell, and your sponsors can correct and make now this opportunity a learning lesson in understanding and education to both cyclists & drivers.
“…sean mcdowell geezuz, this oughtta be good…i am so sick of bicyclists demanding “respect”….i’m on Grant St. Sun. AM, downtown, heading back to the Parkway West, left hand lane…there’s a chick on a bicycle, right hand lane next to me, taking up the ENTIRE right hand lane, as bicyclists frequently do…so i’m giving her the “4 feet on the left” blah, blah, blah” “respect” thing….the light at Grant and 5th is RED, she goes RIGHT THRU it! the next light is Grant and 4th, also RED, she goes RIGHT THRU that! So you bicylists want “respect”, but you play by your own rules?? WTF!! I don’t want to judge all bicyclists by one’s behavior, but WAY too many of you bicyclists are idiots on the road…Enuff is enuff, man…too many of you bicyclists don’t deserve my respect…”
WDVE should really issue an official statement denouncing the use of their name in advocating violence towards cyclists.
 and i mean this extends to their fan base’s use of their fb pages
Yeah, I didn’t think taking the post completely down was the best outcome. It eliminated the possibility of continued dialogue, and b) prevented disinterested bystanders from really seeing what kind of bile bikers are up against.
But eh, that’s Clear Channel.
BTW bikeygirl, did you get a PM I sent you last week?
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