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Portland radio show hosts: ‘Jerk bikers’ deserve ‘clothesline wire’ for riding through parking lot

Posted by on September 10th, 2019 at 1:22 pm

A host from 1080 The Fan makes the throat-slitting gesture as he suggests using clothesline wire to hurt bicycle riders.

A trio of local sports radio show hosts has posted a video where they talk about how they’d like to seriously injure “jerk bikers.” The two men in the video are Isaac Ropp and Jason “Big Suke” Scukanec, hosts of Primetime with Isaac & Suke, which the station bills as, “Portland’s most popular sports talk show.”

Employees of 1080 The Fan, a radio station owned by Entercom Communications Corp, posted the video in
a tweet last Thursday (September 5th). Apparently they are frustrated because people who ride on the Willamette Greenway path cut through the parking lot outside their building to connect to surface streets in the South Waterfront District.

Here’s the tweet:

https://twitter.com/1080TheFAN/status/1169732695460499456

“Let’s escalate the violence.”
— Jason “Suke” Scukanec, 1080 The Fan

As you can hear, one of the talk show hosts refers to “jerk bikers” who have a problem “respecting… authority”. Because they believe bicycle riders are going around barriers they’ve erected to keep them out of the parking lot, the men suggest various solutions. “I’m thinking attack animals: badgers, snakes, things of that nature,” says one of them. “I’m thinking clothesline wire,” says another, as he makes the throat-cutting gesture across his neck with his hand. “That was in the news other day, that was bad,” one of them responded, a reference to a scary incident last month that happened on the same path just a few miles away. “Hey, then don’t go through our parking lot,” says another. “Yeah, we have insurance,” says the man who suggested the idea.

“Let’s escalate the violence,” another man says toward the end of the clip.

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Official Portland Bicycle Map showing paths and Entercom building. Red dashed line is where people cut through parking lot to SW Bond Ave.

These statements are deplorable, especially when you consider many people hear them while driving in their cars just feet away from the extremely vulnerable road users that are being targeted. It’s also worth noting that in addition to last month’s incident, three men were arrested in 2018 for purposely stretching a wire across the I-205 bike path with the intent of hurting bicycle riders.

Green line shows official path of Willamette Greenway Trail.

The location where the men are standing in the video is one block south of SW Bancroft Street, just east of the new Tesla Service Center (see maps). It’s understandable why people would cut through the parking lot because the Willamette Greenway path ends just a few hundred yards north of there. Most people don’t go through the lot and opt instead to travel east-west on one of the alleyways that connects to the SW Moody portion of the path that travel adjacent the rail tracks.

Portland Parks & Recreation is responsible for this path. I’ve contacted them to put the issue on their radar and spokesperson Mark Ross says he’ll send a staff person out to investigate the situation. Meanwhile, after we posted something about this on Twitter earlier today, some people have already began to contact the station with their concerns.

We hope these guys will apologize and remove their video from Twitter. People are angry enough these days and don’t need any encouragement for road rage. Words matter and we cannot allow this type of casual hatred toward bicycle riders to go unnoticed or become normalized.

UPDATE, 2:44pm: Jason Scukanec (on left in video) just posted a statement on Twitter:

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Candor Cane
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Candor Cane

Important topic. I am glad you’re elevating this ugly rhetoric.

But that line on your map is NOT GREEN, it’s totally blue.

Doug Hecker
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Doug Hecker

I think we can all agree that the solutions to getting on the Willamette path is a difficult one at best. Yes, you could get on before this section or at it but you’d be faced with the gnarly bumps in the path just before a tight corner turn. I avoid it and ride past the west side of the Tesla operation and enter at the River’s Edge Hotel.

As for the sports talk guys, it think they are clearly joking. Of course there is always a grain of truth, maybe cyclists, like myself, could stay off of their sidewalks?

Jason Skelton
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Jason Skelton

I write to validate your sentiment that this is beyond awful. And they are objecting to bikes on a parking lot! My office is in the River View building (by the green/blue line) so I know that the two alternatives to exit off the river path are by the Oregon Ballet Theater or Old Spaghetti Factory, which are both places where there tend to be many people walking about. So riding by this radio station is the preferable way if one prefers to avoid conflict with pedestrians.

pdx2wheeler
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A better route to connect to Moody from the Willamette path is just a bit earlier, between River Forum II and River’s Edge at Cottonwood Bay, or even from River’s Edge at Hamilton. The connecting route you’ve highlighted is long and narrow, and it gets a bit tight passing pedestrians through that stretch.

rick
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rick

If only the Willamette Shore Trolley was a trail or a trolley-with-trail.

rick
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rick

Do they even understand that one of the most dangerous crossings of I-5 is within walking distance? Hood Ave under I-5 doesn’t even have a legit crosswalk and ODOT might even put up a fake no-crosswalk sign to prevent crossing from one side of Hood to the other.

maccoinnich
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This is obviously a dick thing to do, but relying on a private parking lot for access to the Willamette Greenway trail from South Waterfront isn’t an ideal solution.

Eventually the gap to the north will be filled by private development. Until then Portland could always pave an interim trail on SW Lowell, directly north of the Old Spaghetti Factory parking lot. Portland Maps shows that as a ~ 30′ wide right-of-way between SW Bond and the Willamette:

https://www.portlandmaps.com/detail/assessor/0715-SW-BANCROFT-ST/R568131_did/

Looking at Google Street Views it’s currently a gravel path, fenced off:

https://goo.gl/maps/BznQ5icu5sAuU9aY6

I can’t think of any good reason why this couldn’t be paved with an asphalt path, until such time as it’s built out as a full street and the gap in the trail is filled.

SBSope
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SBSope

Of course they think they’re just being funny, but Isaac Ropp’s views on transportation and reckless behavior are possibly not due much credence or attention:

https://www.oregonlive.com/sports/2018/12/portland-sports-radio-host-isaac-ropp-arrested-for-drunken-driving-records-show.html

Serenity
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Serenity

Despicable! Whether they are “clearly joking,” or not.

CommonSensePDX
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CommonSensePDX

Let’s just stay off the sidewalk for goodness sake. This is the best town in the US for biking with more bike-only lanes ans streets than anywhere else I can think of. Why do some have to ride on the sidewalk??? It’s just bringing heat on good bikers.

Steve Hash
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Steve Hash

Oh man, I love their radio show. They aren’t the most PC duo and hopefully have/will learn their lesson.

EP
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EP

I’m guessing they’re stuck in a stinky radio studio too much, and are really just jealous of all the bikers riding by outside in the fresh air.

Sports Bro
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Sports Bro

Go check out the speed at which the cyclists speed through the parking lot during AM and PM commute hours. The same hours building employees are pulling in and pulling out of their parking spots and lot. There have been NUMEROUS close calls between cyclists and drivers attempting to back out of their parking spots. How much time are the cavalier cyclists really saving by cutting through a private parking lot and endangering themselves in the process?

Doug Hecker
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Doug Hecker

dan
Just a joke, like Trump joking about the Russians hacking Hillary’s e-mail, right? No one would ever act on such a suggestion, right? Imagine the reaction if someone on this forum started joking about shooting motorists who drove unsafely.Recommended 1

I’ve been waiting to use this for a minute – RED HERRING!

Maria
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Maria

The original video post is a joke. Their apology is also a joke. “Gotta love the outrage culture”. I wonder if one of these guys would be willing to ride a bike among cars JUST ONCE, feel terrified for their lives, then realize that joking about violence against cyclists is just not funny and could in fact inspire one of their listeners to do something stupid.
If they are serious about not wanting cyclists to cut through their parking lot (why, I don’t know, is it hurting anything? if they were smart they’d fine a way to make a game or a buck or a show out of it), then why not just put up an actual sign that says “CYCLISTS: Please respect our property and don’t cut through”. Then we’ll stop putting cigarette butts in their dog poop.

MantraPDX
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MantraPDX

I’ve always used the sidewalk that’s sort of hidden directly to the West of their lot when passing through. I also avoid the path that wraps around The Spaghetti Factory for the same reasons others have mentioned.

I don’t really understand why they are worried about bikes going through their lot, but maybe they’d be okay with folks using the sidewalk outside of their lot?

Bjorn
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Bjorn

The dudebro on the left obviously thinks his calls to violence are no big deal, but I can’t even get my wife to ride the springwater corridor/eastbank esplanade/i 205 path with me anymore because she is too afraid of being attacked after multiple people have been attacked. For someone with such a wide reach to stand their and encourage his fans to “escalate the violence” against cyclists is in fact a big deal.

Skid
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Skid

They sure know how to backpedal considering they’re not cyclists.

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

These guys are bozos for sure, but they apologized so let’s just move on. Like Chris mentioned above I’m more concerned about things like the Springwater becoming a Battle Royale.

Ryan
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Ryan

They think adding things that could be bunny-hopped and/or will give cyclists an excuse to go off-road and through brush will DISCOURAGE cyclists from going through? Ha! Jokes on them… #crossiscoming

Kenny
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Kenny

“Gotta Love the Outrage Culture”. Hmmm? Not only is that not a honest apology, it’s a clear lack of awareness that they are part of the violence culture (I don’t know; Trump culture?) that they are representing with what was Said.
Honestly, it’s downright pathetic to get THAT upset over some bicycles that won’t harm anything coming through the Lot. So What?
All I see is a couple douch bags looking for attention in a really thoughtless manner.

Contacting PBOT wouid have been more constructive. See if there’s design approaches that could correct this.

It’s Radio. Too bad it’s Sports, they might actually have a job for a while there. Hopefully the PD told them to apologize. I hope he or she sees how this wasn’t good enough.

Concerned
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Concerned

I was really perturbed that my neighbor put their couch in that spot. I generally like to make my way through their private home without the need to travel all the way around the sofa like that.

Regardless of the nature of the comments, keep yourself on public property and you won’t have to worry about anyone stringing a line across the way to clothesline you. Good fences make good neighbors.

Serenity
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Serenity

Concerned
I was really perturbed that my neighbor put their couch in that spot. I generally like to make my way through their private home without the need to travel all the way around the sofa like that.Regardless of the nature of the comments, keep yourself on public property and you won’t have to worry about anyone stringing a line across the way to clothesline you. Good fences make good neighbors.Recommended 0

I rollled my eyes so hard I think I just saw my brain.

TJ
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TJ

In regards to the Tweet from you: “You are missing my point. I don’t need to know any more context, because there mere utterance of the words is what matters. Ppl on bikes face all types of threats and harassment daily. Last thing we need is popular radio hosts “joking” abt it & making it seem like it’s cool/ok.”

Context is never a bad thing. I completely agree with the reasoning behind the story: condoning violence against bikers is unacceptable and joking about it on air with their sort of reach is unacceptable. I saw the video when they posted it and thought it was in poor taste.

And you were completely right to point that out.

But when has context ever made a story worse? You could have completed the objective of your story while still adding some context through reporting: getting their side, learning that they are bikers, too, and made a joke in poor taste. That doesn’t make what they did right, but it also doesn’t paint them as two brainless gas guzzlers who legitimately hate bikers when in truth, they’re just two sports guys trying to fill space.

Bancroft OHSUian
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Bancroft OHSUian

I work in this same building and share this lot. This building consists of Entercom, OHSU, and OBT. My desk faces the parking lot they speak of and I witness drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians using it every day. Being near the entrance of the parking lot (the OHSU side) I pretty much see everyone who enters and exits, and I must say that what I find most alarming is the speed of the drivers that fly between the entrance and the rear/Entercom side of the lot at ridiculous speeds, considering this a parking lot.

It’s funny, the last time I had an errand to run (via bicycle) south of the building I noticed it wasn’t so easy to hit the path from the Entercom portion of the lot. It had been a while and I was wondering why it seemed less simple than before, so when I returned I just opted to go through the OBT portion instead. I guess my mind wasn’t messing with me and they had actually reconfigured it to be more difficult to get through than I had previously remembered. But I can see why people opt to hit the path here instead of using the path between ICE and the charter school/storage building. It’s more pleasant (on the river) and it’s not next to ICE. As well, going the ICE way you are dumped out on a “road”, on the non river side of the River Forum building, which means more interactions with drivers. There is a teeny tiny path between River Forum and Tesla but that’s not really favorable to cyclists, it more of a residential size sidewalk than anything. So you are stuck on that road for longer, and it has a ton of parking directly off it, and it’s constantly filled with FedEx and UPS and other delivery trucks. Who wouldn’t chose the quickest path to the river over that crap?

But seriously, it’s not even hordes of cyclists that come through here. There are probably more people on foot than on bike. I just wish those driving to/from Entercom would slow the heck down. When the charter school first went in many of the parents were parking in OHSU spots to drop off/pick up their kids. I was terrified someone was going to run over a kid with how fast people drive through this lot. Fortunately they put a stop to using OHSU parking for this a while back. But this Entercom garbage is purely a case of hating on people who ride bikes.

briandavispdx
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briandavispdx

This is gross and all but whatever…honestly these guys seem far too stupid to be worth the attention. They will have a karmic comeuppance that will more than equalize this, I’m sure (it seems that perhaps the transportation gods are already having a little fun at Isaac’s expense).

What’s far more salient here is that this is illegal. You can’t just put stuff up in parking lots to restrict circulation in park, but more than that, those planters in the sidewalk are an ADA issue. As BP has been chronicling, the City is taking those *very* seriously in the current legal environment.

If observed again, this should be documented and reported to BDS. Since we have this helpful video, any further documented evidence would be part of a pattern that could be reported. More info can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/34180

Debbie Gustafson
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Debbie Gustafson

Let’s be clear. “Bikers” ride motorcycles. “Cyclists” ride bicycles. If you clothsline a bunch of bikers, you’d better move.

HAstoria
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HAstoria

I think energy would be better directed to the miscreants in city hall (talking about you Teddy) who ignore the appalling conditions their lack of ability to manage and govern a city has allowed to fester. The sites one sees peddling around this city are breathtakingly disgusting. The tarp camps, the garbage strewn everywhere, the piles of stolen bike parts, the vagrants and criminal vagrants who’ve invaded our once lovely burg, the needles, the human waste, the decay and degradation of multiple neighborhoods and areas…save the outrage for the demonstrated neglect and malfeasance demonstrated by our alleged public servants and the miasma they have allowed to fester here in Portland.

The radio guys are idiots running their mouths and I’m sure they’ve thought better of it by now.

Save our city before it’s too late and save your energy for things that matter.

Pat Lowell
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Pat Lowell

They don’t want cyclists cutting through their parking lot; cyclists don’t want to have to detour through a parking lot. Seems like we’re all on the same side and should be working together!

Fake Outrage
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Fake Outrage

1. I’m surprised some of you folks who are obviously outraged haven’t called the authorities. Badgers are a deadly weapon! lol…
2. Stay off the sidewalks. Simple.
3. Calm down. You’re going to be just fine.

J M
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J M

If you listen to their radio show, you would know this is sarcasm. This article proves their point that you in the cyclist community have earned the pretentious reputations you have. Maybe if you had contacted them before publishing this article, you would have realized that. Oh, but it’s better to write an inflammatory article to get clicks on your blog.

grek
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grek

I mean, cyclists (myself included) also ride their bikes TO that building all the time – if there were a way to access it without going through the parking lot, I’d like to hear it.

Wasted time
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Wasted time

Seems to me if you’re going to seek out something to be mad about, you should probably wear protective ear muffs. Definitely don’t turn on the TV. Don’t open your eyes outside of you’re not often by tactless jokes than you are the poverty and need witnessed in your previous back yard.
The amount of eyes on this CHILDISH article could have gone to gathering support for a better cause.
The amount of issues in Multinomah aren’t enough, I need to make some problems…
Racism, class war, sex trafficking, being in the top human trafficking areas, pollution poisoning, educational standards, funding funneled into abused services for profit, system corruption, lack of accountability for officials…
But this guy being heard by oncoming traffic is appalling? I have an idea, let’s use that to try to publicly shame him… That sounds really grown up and big…

Al
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Al

I’m one of the “jerk bikers” who cuts through their parking lot. It’s on weekends and I never see more than a few cars there. These are “stay off my lawn” type losers who don’t actually own the lawn.

Brian
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Brian

build a wall and make them pay.

Paul
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Paul

Every way you can navigate this section is awkward and feels wrong on a bike. You have this great mixed use trail that just abruptly ends. Should I take a poorly marked left and go into what appears to be an office park? Should I go down what I thought was part of the trail and end up on some weird sidewalk, or should I just ride through their parking lot? I had to ride the west side path for several months while they did that work on the springwater and I never really found a great solution.

Edward LeClaire
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Edward LeClaire

Advocating violence against people based on mode of transit? This is profane. It’s grossly offensive. It’s a public nuisance. They don’t belong on the air. Time for an FCC complaint.

Travis Ernst
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Travis Ernst

I used to ride through the parking lot all the time. It was nice because you could go directly to the bike lane and you could predict what the traffic was going to do. I would like to know why I was a jerk to them? Sorry guys I was just trying to be safe.

Tim
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Tim

One thing I miss when I commute by bike is getting to listen to their show. Irreverence is one of their calling cards, but they’re usually pretty funny and actually very thoughtful, especially by sports radio standards. I could give examples, but I’ll just say they do a lot more good with their airtime than others. This bit might have missed the mark, but don’t be too quick to bury them.

pdxpaul
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pdxpaul

Now I want to detour through their parking lot on my ride from DT to NE. It’s outta my way but if it gets these guys’ panties in a bunch, it’s worth it.

GlowBoy
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GlowBoy

Wait … there are still people who work in radio station buildings?

Serenity
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Serenity

pdxpaul
Now I want to detour through their parking lot on my ride from DT to NE. It’s outta my way but if it gets these guys’ panties in a bunch, it’s worth it.Recommended 3

This is pretty much what I figured everyone’s response would be. I don’t usually ride there, now I feel like I have to.

Serenity
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Serenity

Chris I
I constantly see cyclists looking down there noses at drivers in lifted F350 pickup trucks. It really is the definition of privilege.Recommended 1

The lifted F350 pickup trucks? Yes, that really is privilege.

pdx2wheeler
Subscriber

When Tesla moved in a few years ago they graciously extended the Willamette path across their property and put in picnic tables. From my understanding they didn’t have to. Now, instead of this path taking a hard left between River Forum I and Tesla (which you can still do) it now continues, all the way to this parking lot and you just get dumped… This is what you get when you build-out bike infrastructure on a piecemeal basis. Not all the pieces are going fit properly. Now we all get to stand around and argue why the square peg doesn’t fit in the round hole…

Serenity
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Serenity

SD
I think they mean to say that all people who ride bikes are evil because of “the one person that one time on a bike” in this link, which means that people who wish “cyclists” harm and encourage violence are always excused. This is a common and valid idea on many preK playgrounds.Recommended 0

Some people don’t change much after they get off the playground.

Lowell
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Lowell

The current “official” way to enter/exit the bike path in this area (between Tesla and the River Forum) is just completely inadequate for actual bicycle use. The pathway is way too narrow, and the entrance onto the river path is downright dangerous. It’s a steep drop into a sharp right turn, with an ~8 foot high hedge that completely blocks your view of traffic coming in from the left.

Just yesterday, when the ground was a little bit slick, I lost traction and wiped out trying to make the sharp turn, despite the fact I always come to nearly a complete stop here due to the obstructed view. I am now sporting some nasty bruises on my hip and shin, and a strained shoulder that makes it tough for me to even put pants on in the morning.

So in summary, I don’t blame anyone for not using that joke of an entrance/exit. In fact, I’ll probably start using this parking lot instead. Seems much safer.

Mark smith
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Mark smith

I know a lot of dudes who listen sports radio like it’s gospel and the radio jocks are gods. They literally repeat it verbaitem. And believe it.

Serenity
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Serenity

Mark smith
I know a lot of dudes who listen sports radio like it’s gospel and the radio jocks are gods. They literally repeat it verbaitem. And believe it.

Scary.