Alan Grahn Memorial Ride: May 16, 2018 (Video)

May there be bicycles in heaven.

Summit & Snelling Ave - Alan Grahn Memorial Ride

Summit & Snelling Ave – Alan Grahn Memorial Ride

The Alan Grahn Memorial ride, hosted by Hilary Louise Hancy and Rob Stepaniak, took place at 6:30PM on May 16, 2018 to celebrate the 75-year life of a husband, father, grandfather and outdoor enthusiast. He also inspired the #SafetyOnSummit movement.

For posterity, here is the video I recorded on the ride (not edited for time / 53m48s).

 

“It’s been gut-wrenching, it’s been really difficult to understand and absorb,” said Andy Grahn, Alan’s son.
Cyclists ride to remember bicyclist killed in St. Paul bus crash

 

Hancy knew she had to do something significant — something tangible — to honor a fellow member of her metro-area cycling tribe.
A group ‘memorial’ ride will honor cyclist killed on St. Paul’s Summit-Snelling

 

I have a friend who knew Alan well, and she’d brought her two kids on the the ride. Earlier we’d given each other big hugs, and there were plenty of people in the group that knew Alan personally and were shaken by his untimely death.
A Hopeful Sign from the Memorial Ride

 

Skilled philosopher, climber, skier, runner, and biker, proud beer and coffee snob.
Alan Douglas Grahn Obituary

 

Alan Grahn married his wife, Nancy, in 1969 and they had been married for 48 years when he died. He is survived by a son and daughter, two grandsons, and a younger brother and sister.
‘A rich and full life’: Cyclist killed in bus crash was avid outdoorsman

 

When Al Grahn’s children were young, he would take them camping every weekend, his son recalled. He had planned to take Andy Grahn’s 5-year-old son to Albuquerque, New Mexico, next week to go camping for the first time.
Bicyclist killed in St. Paul crash was 75-year-old outdoorsman, grandpa

 

Alan Grahn’s Facebook posts reflect the life of a grandfather, family man and active outdoorsman. Photos show him hoisting his grandchildren in the air, while others show him scaling cliffs.
Bicyclist killed in crash with school bus identified as active grandfather

 

Grahn’s family said he was enjoying retirement. He liked to climb, hike and bike.
Cyclist Killed in St. Paul Crash with School Bus Remembered

 

At the intersection of Summit and Snelling avenues, where bike paths and lanes of heavy traffic come together, Grahn died.
Cyclist Killed By School Bus Remembered For Love Of Adventure

 

The ride is intended to remember Grahn “and all other cyclists who have been killed while cycling on public roadways,” organizers said online.
Memorial ride planned for St. Paul cyclist who died in crash

 

“We don’t want another ghost bike,” said Tom Basgen, one of the St. Paul residents who’s organizing for safer bike lanes on Summit Avenue. Basgen stood near Summit and Snelling avenues, where cyclist Alan Grahn was killed last month…
After fatal crash, a push for bicycle and pedestrian safety on Summit Avenue

 

 

Please keep comments about your endearing memories of the ride and/or Alan. There are other Streets.mn articles for discussion on cycling safety, etc. 

Thank you.

 

 

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4 Responses to Alan Grahn Memorial Ride: May 16, 2018 (Video)

  1. Mike Sonn
    Mike Sonn May 9, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Thank you for posting. I’m sad I wasn’t able to make that ride.

    It’s fitting you post this as St Paul is finally dedicating some money to make the Summit/Snelling intersection safer. And it sounds like the city will buffer the bike lanes on Summit west of Lexington at some point- but I’m hearing that it’ll probably be 2020 now instead of this summer.

    It’s really sad that a death is the only way to get movement on safer streets as those of us out there riding have been telling the city constantly that the current situation isn’t safe but they refuse to put the resources towards fixing it until it is too late – and then there are continued delays.

    • James Kohls May 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      It was a good ride. Certainly very sad, but it showed just how connected bikes make a community. We can’t change the past. But we can learn from it and be inspired to do good things. #SafetyOnSummit was one of those things.

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke May 9, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for posting this. It’s important to remember.

  3. Adam Miller
    Adam Miller May 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks, for sharing, James. It weirdly seems like more than a year ago.

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