I have cancer.
My health care was interrupted by Nicholasville Police Department and their ticketing campaign against me.
I was a cyclist fighting for her rights.
But I wasn’t fighting for the rights of cycling.
I was fighting for the right to keep my job, my home, my health insurance.
I was fighting for my kids.
My posts on bicycle safety was a response to the backlash.
I wasn’t doing anything illegal and I was cycling safely.
So why should I have to defend my right to commute to work by bicycle?
I think it is because cycling advocates have pushed so hard and for so long to make cycling appear scary and dangerous without special infrastructure or equipment.
We need laws to keep us safe!
We need bike lanes to keep us safe!
We need all these shiny things so we’ll be safe!
And you still get killed and I’m still alive.
Even with my healthcare interrupted.
The year my story hit the news was the year my doctor told me my cancer was in remission but that I still had to come in for regular check up’s.
I remember putting the lab results on the fridge with a magnet. Right next to the ticket I’d received for “Careless Driving,” because I rode a bicycle in the travel lane.
I haven’t been able to go in for regular check up’s since everything happened.
I, like any other good mother, put my kids needs before my own. I put all my energy into keeping my commute and my job. Then I started getting death threats.
People were intentionally driving their cars at me. People were laughing about what “bad drivers” their spouse is and how he commutes on that road every day. “It’s just a matter of time. Ha ha.”
It really is just a matter of time if I can’t go in for a check up.
The reporter who first broke my story nixed the idea of mentioning cancer. I have no idea why. Maybe it humanized me too much? Maybe it didn’t make for a neatly packaged story? Who knows?
I doubt it would have mattered anyways. Arrogant motorists and their thugs a.k.a Nicholasville Police Department didn’t want me on their roads. Period.
Nobody should have to struggle in the aftermath of a full on assault of their civil rights.
But I am.
I hate car culture. It destroys lives in more ways than one.