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Houston Clear Channel Article on CN Special Thanks to Tig(6 posts)

Houston Clear Channel Article on CN Special Thanks to Tigteoteoteo
Sep 11, 2003 7:16 PM
Hey guys I wanted to throw out a special thanks to Doug Ford...aka TIG. Doug went out of his way to lending a helping hand in an effort to shed some light on the Clear Channel Houston mess. From providing e mail addresses of key players to transcripts of the incident Doug took an extra role and stepped-up. To be honest I feel a little guilty posting this link because the article is one I wrote, but at the same time I wanted to be the first to thank Tig.

In case you didn't read the posts about what happened the link below can help bring you up to speed.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2003/sep03/sep12news
Everyone needs to check out teoteoteo's article on CyclingNews.comTig
Sep 11, 2003 7:47 PM
Thanks for the "thanks", but you did the real work on that excellent article. No need to be shy. Everyone here needs to read such a great contribution to cycling, especially when it comes from "one of our own" RBR'ers.

Hopefully now, Clear Channel will step up and deliver some much needed funding for local and state bike advocacy and education groups, as well as a few public service announcements relating to driver awareness of cyclists and safety.

Without the efforts of teoteoteo, Ed Pavelka (RoadBikeRider.com), and all of you who wrote to Clear Channel Communications, we couldn't have turned such a taseless radio broadcast into something positive.
Kudos all around.sn69
Sep 11, 2003 8:02 PM
And in spite of taking the high road, I still insist that it would be hard not to flatten those two sh!t-fer-brains if ever our paths cross. I remember hearing the first airing of their diatribe, randomly flipping channels while stuck in NOLA traffic. Walton and Johnson...a pair of goons.

In any case, it's nice to see the power of the pen and protest can still accomplish something.
Scott
Good job. But now about advocacy and "education"theBreeze
Sep 12, 2003 11:50 AM
How many think that educational PSA's will wind up being about "educating" cyclists and not drivers. You know, "Always wear a helemt and ride with traffic" sort of stuff (granted there are those out there who need to learn it). How many PSA's will really address what AUTO DRIVERS need to know about sharing the road with cyclists? Very few drivers actually know the local laws regarding a cyclist's right to the road, clearance requirements when passing, looking before throwing open your door and stuff like that. I had this conversation with a co-worker, a nice woman but she was clueless. She had no idea that a cyclist had a right to ride inside a white line (road with no shoulder) and that motorists had to give at least 3 feet clearance when passing. (local New Mexico reg, your location may vary.)
Very specific talk with HPDteoteoteo
Sep 12, 2003 12:28 PM
I had a very long and specific discussion with the HPD Officer mentioned at the end of the article. He told me up until now he had only been able to target cyclists with his programs but that he was very excited that he could now target motorists with the PSA's.

Who knows what will come but I have spoken with advocacy parties that are already contacting the HPD in an effort to piggyback or team up with HPD and clear channel--since the CC HQ office is in San Antonio they want to try and get CC to go with a program that invovles Houston and all of Texas if not more.

I fully believe in the groups and people that are invovled in making CC follow through with their promises.
Cool. Guess it was just a cynical day for me. (nm)theBreeze
Sep 12, 2003 6:50 PM