A forum on women’s advocacy has been shut down by a group of female riders who say they are frustrated that a male moderator of the forum has decided to censor them.
The forum, Women’s Action Forum (WAF), was launched in 2014 to help women who are facing harassment on the road.
Its main board members, including one of its founders, Jessica Kudrow, are women.
Kudrows post on the forum says the forum was created to be a safe place for women to discuss road safety, but in the past few months, it has been blocked by a moderator, a woman named Mary.
The moderator, Mary, has a history of harassment and has been banned from WAF for two years.
According to Kudows blog, Mary was banned from the forum after she published a post about a woman who died after being assaulted by a taxi driver.
“I was told that I was too sensitive about the issue of road safety and that I should stop participating,” she wrote.
The blog post went viral, prompting WAF to ask Reddit moderators to remove the post from the site.
The moderators complied, but then a user who had joined the forum in the previous month posted another post, this time saying he wanted to take a stand against Mary’s actions.
WAF eventually was shut down after a week of harassment, harassment, and threats.
“After seeing that post, I felt compelled to join WAF,” Kudow told CNN.
The post prompted Kudowed and another female rider to reach out to the forum administrators, asking them to intervene, and they were able to find a way to continue using the forum.
“We can talk about it, but we need to be proactive and get our voices heard,” Kidrow said.
The other female rider who spoke to CNN about her experience with Mary was also frustrated that WAF’s moderators had blocked the posts.
“They have a history in this space of banning posts that challenge them,” said Kudowski.
“It’s frustrating to know that they’re so determined to stop us.
They have made it impossible for us to express our ideas and to raise questions about their decisions.”
Mary has yet to respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The issue of harassment on American roads has been on the front burner lately after a cyclist was hit and killed by a car on I-75 in Michigan.
The incident sparked nationwide outrage.
The cyclist, 26-year-old Ashley Williams, died from her injuries at a hospital.
A week later, another cyclist, 28-year of age, David Fuhrman, was hit by a vehicle in Washington, D.C. Both victims died.
A number of women have since been killed on American highways in recent months, including a woman killed on a road in Texas who was killed after the driver of a car pulled out in front of her.
Women’s advocacy groups and other advocates have criticized the government for not doing enough to combat the problem of road rage.
In June, President Donald Trump announced a new executive order to address the issue, which includes a $2 billion fund for states to implement road safety strategies.
The fund is aimed at preventing and treating road rage, and is part of Trump’s goal of creating “a world where people feel safe on the roads.”
The American Road Association has also called for greater attention to road safety.
The group said in a statement that it has “long been a priority to increase public awareness about road rage.”
In the past, the group has supported efforts like the “Road Rage Free Women” campaign, which encourages women to post on Facebook and Twitter to share their stories about road safety on the condition that they are not harassed.
But the group is worried about what might happen if women are banned from speaking at the forum, which is intended to help riders “feel safer and confident on the streets.”
“The forum is meant to help all road users, but that’s really about all women, not just women who ride bikes,” WAF board member Laura Miller told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired on Monday.
“There are a lot of other women who would feel comfortable and want to be heard.”
The board has been working to keep the forum up and running for the past year.
The site was last updated on October 20, and Kudroe, Kudowsky, and the other board members plan to hold an open meeting in December to discuss what might be done next, Kidow said.
“If there are any plans to do something else, we’ll certainly take that into consideration,” Miller said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told CNN that “any effort to remove any content is consistent with federal law and DOT policies, which prohibit any government entity from censoring speech that is protected under the First Amendment.”
But, Kucinich said, the DOT’s position is unclear.