Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cleveland Radio: Bike Community Not Happy With WKRK

The co-host of a popular Cleveland sports talk radio show is under fire from local bicycle advocates following on-air remarks about bicyclists on city streets.

According to cleveland.com, Anthony Lima, co-host of WKRK 92.3 FM The Fan's The Ken Carman Show, has apologized after he said during the morning drive-time program that he got a "murderous feeling" when he got stuck behind cyclists.

Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob VanSickle on Friday wrote a letter addressed to the CBS Radio station's director of programming, Andy Roth, demanding that the station go further and run educational announcements produced by Bike Cleveland.

The group also called on Lima, Carman and the show's producers to take part in a class, taught by Bike Cleveland members, to show what cyclists encounter on the road.

"Incendiary comments like this only serve to further inflame motorist anger towards a growing number of cyclists on Greater Cleveland's streets," VanSickle said. "Such discourse puts the lives and safety of cyclists, already a vulnerable road user group, at even greater risk."

Lima's comments, which came during a discussion about Ohio State University assistant football coach Greg Schiano striking a bicyclist in Columbus last week, instantly triggered backlash from the bicycling community here.

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