The following message was received from Lois Cowan, co-owner of Century Cycles:
Tuesday morning, the morning radio show o­n WMJI-Majic 105 read an e-mail from a listener saying that bicycles should not be o­n the roads in the Cleveland Metroparks. At least o­ne of the DJs told listeners who were in cars to do things like:
- speed past the bike, pull back into the lane and slam o­n your brakes.
- speed past the bike, open your passenger door and put o­n the brakes.
- yell and/or honk at all cyclists as you pass in your car.
- throw things out your window at cyclists.
Apparently, there was at least o­ne caller who said that what they were telling people to do was wrong. The caller tried to explain that bicycles are allowed o­n the roads and are vehicles just like cars. From what I understand, the DJs made fun of the caller and didn't take her comments seriously.
I contacted the station and talked to Jimmy Mallone about the program contents. Since Mr Mallone had bought a bicycle from Century Cycles, I knew that he rides a bike. He said that he would try to get "the other side of the story" o­n Wednesday's show.
I have also given Mr Mallone another customer's phone number so that he could interview Kim. She was purposely run off the road in the Cleveland Metroparks last Sunday and now has a broken rib and a concussion. Her helmet split in half, but she feels lucky to be alive. The behavior that the DJs are condoning is not fun and games; it could be someone's life or death.
If you agree that this behavior from DJs is wrong and you would like to voice your opinion, please call the station and let them know what you think, particularly between 7am and 10am in the morning.
The station phone numbers are as follows:
Listener Line 866-457-WMJI
Main line 216-520-2600