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What made you want to create bikewoke.com?
When I started my GoFundMe after the crash, a lot of people reached asking for advice because they’d been in a similar situation. I thought my scenario was so crazy but it seemed to be way more common than I anticipated. Then when the Bicycling article about me was published on Facebook, I was struck by some of the comments. Most were positive, but there were some negative things in there saying, “This can’t be real,” and “Here are the things she should have done.” Comments like the last one interested me.
As cyclists, there are so many things we don’t learn until after we’re in a crash. What I’m hoping to do with the website is help other cyclists realize they should have all this information prior to cycling anywhere so it’s more instinctual. For me, I was in shock—but I think I would have reacted better if I’d had some of the information prior to the crash. I’m hoping other cyclists in similar situations can learn from the site and have the resources to make better decisions in the event that, God forbid, they need this information.
What are the things you wish you’d known when you were hit?
The biggest thing I learned is to expect the worst and be fully prepared for anything after a crash. I never expected to get sued because in my mind it was such an obvious open-and-shut case and the driver was liable. But even if you’re clearly not in the wrong, make an extra effort to get all the evidence so you can protect yourself.
Watch Dulcie Canton recall her own experience with getting hit by a motor vehicle:
My personality is to not overreact in the moment. But I underestimated my injuries and should have gone to the hospital in the ambulance and gotten it all on record because later there wasn’t that proof that I had been seriously hurt. Also I should have checked that the police filed a report because there was none when I went to look two and a half months after the crash. The LAPD has a 48-hour period where you can check if they wrote a police report—they give you a slip of paper that says they’re writing the police report with the station address, and I wish I’d gone. I also wish I’d been in an OK enough state to take photos of my bike crushed underneath the car because that could have gone a long way when we were contesting liability.
Are you thinking cyclists will check out your site preemptively or just find it after a…