All their polls are clickbait, but this one is particularly leading: “Do you think it is a prudent use of resources for the city and Allegheny County to limit vehicular traffic on bridges and roadways year round for seasonal street biking?”
Full text of the radio poll:
“Penn Avenue has become the spine of the on-street biking network that links the city’s riverside to commercial and cultural areas downtown. The network also includes bike lanes on several bridges and outlining neighborhood roads. During the recent storm and frigid wind chills, those bike lanes were snow covered and abandoned by all but the most extreme cyclists. So today, we are asking: Do you think it is a prudent use of resources for the city and Allegheny County to limit vehicular traffic on bridges and roadways year-round for seasonal street biking? To vote yes call 412-333-9190. To vote no call 412-333-9192.”
I’ll get final numbers in the morning, but the online results were 28% for, 72% against. I’m sure the anti- crowd has a few automated dialers in play, too. Some mornings they have 400 calls by 7:30 a.m., other mornings more like 100 total. Can’t all be actual listeners with a variation like that.
I’ve noticed that their Sunday question tends to be more of a chain-yanker, click-baiter, than some other days, often on a religious theme, so I was surprised to see bikes make the Sunday question.
It’s amusing. The poll ended up I think 84-16, because somebody else started up an auto-clicker (or similar technology) on the other side after I went to bed (it was 72-28 at that time). The total number of votes from auto-clickers far exceeded anything else. So it’s not even a question of it being an “unscientific poll” with a leading question — what they’re reporting is whatever somebody with an auto-clicker decides to do.