|Courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago|
Bobby Cann was a model bicyclist. He was experienced, law abiding and kind to others, according to people who knew him.
He was killed Wednesday evening by a 28 year old driver in a Mercedes on Clybourne Avenue at around 6:35 p.m. The weather was perfect at the time of the crash. Bobby was wearing a helmet.
Chicago police are investigating whether the driver was impaired at the time of the collision. Some are questioning whether better bicycling infrastructure could have prevented this terrible tragedy. But what has emerged so far is that Bobby Cann was doing everything right when he was killed. He was riding his bike to his girlfriend's home. He was riding because he loved to do so and because there was simply somewhere he needed to be on a pleasant spring evening. He was riding in the street because that is where he had a right to be. It was where he was supposed to be. He was one less car. Sadly, now he is one less life.
I was thinking about Bobby and the photos I saw of the crash online yesterday as I rode home from work yesterday. If I'm honest, I was a little nervous during my commute. But I'll ride on. We all must.
DNAinfo Chicago has written an excellent piece about Bobby Cann. I strongly recommend it.