A woman who was hit by a car while cycling in New York has launched a crowdfunding campaign to find a new way to protect herself and her family.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, is one of several women who have become victims of car accidents since the invention of the bicycle in the 19th century.
Her father had been riding a bicycle when he was struck by a bus in the Bronx, injuring his ankle.
“I think the only way to prevent that is to use the seat belt,” she said.
“If you have a bike, it’s safe to ride on the pavement and you can have your bike locked.”
Bike-sharing companies such as Uber and Grab have recently launched campaigns aimed at getting more women and people of colour on bikes, and women are using them to go to work, study and play sport.
“It’s a very dangerous thing,” said Anna Zane, the executive director of Bike to Work New York.
“But when you have that type of technology, you can make it safer.”
Cycling safety has also been a hot topic of conversation in New Zealand, where New Zealand’s Department of Transport has announced a bike safety campaign.
In 2016, the country banned helmet use in most road traffic, and the country is expected to be among the top five places to cycle next year.