was rushed to hospital in excruciating pain, every bone in her
In the six weeks of hospitalization that followed, part of Ann's foot was amputated.
Salvageable bones were wired back into place and skin grafts were taken from her
thigh to replace the torn and missing flesh.
"I'm pretty lucky," says Ann
The City of Copenhagen
get a specially adapted Nihola cycle: a sturdy, stable three-wheeler that has allowed her
to regain independent mobility.
After several days of exploring Copenhagen by bike, I meet Ann
at the Center, where she
leads me outside to see her
specially adapted tricycle.
sense of pride is palpable.
It takes her
between 30 and 40 minutes to make the trip from home to work.
"The first few times I got back on a bike again, it was hard.
Really, really hard," she
Beyond the physical challenges of getting Ann
back in the saddle, there was another hurdle: her
"I had to work with a psychologist... because I was scared like hell," she
Using cognitive therapy, she
psychologist worked through the entire experience, going over the incident report in excruciating detail.
In 1970s California, lots of athletic cyclists were forming touring groups for riding fast on roads, explains Anne Lusk, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Back then, she
says, such groups may have legitimately feared that U.S. adoption of Dutch-style cycle paths would restrict bike access to roads.
"At the time, paths were becoming crowded by joggers, walkers, in-line skaters and baby-carriage pushers," says Lusk
, so cycling advocates fought forcefully against proposals for cycle paths.
They were useful, says Lusk
, in that they did teach people how to bike with cars if they had to.
does not endorse Forester's view that there should be no cycle lanes painted on the road, no separate cycle tracks and no cycle symbols.
, and other researchers who have studied the particular needs of certain groups of cyclists -- such as women, children, elderly people and parents transporting children -- point out that many of these riders cannot operate as a vehicle as confidently as, say, a fit young man on a racing or touring bike.
It was in Montreal, the only large North American city to have cycling infrastructure dating back to the 1980s, that Anne Lusk
and colleagues tested the safety of separated cycling infrastructure versus road cycling.
suffers chronic pain from her
foot, wears special orthopedic shoes and walks with a cane, so getting back to cycling made a massive difference to her
It also gave her
cargo trike, she
can take her
two-year-old niece out on excursions, something that would be impossible on foot or by bus.
Asked how she
feels at this point along her
recovery and about riding to work each day, she
replies confidently and without hesitation: "I love it.
tricycle has given her
much more than just a means of getting about.