May there be bicycles in heaven.
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.
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Hancy knew she had to do something significant — something tangible — to honor a fellow member of her metro-area cycling tribe.
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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.
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Skilled philosopher, climber, skier, runner, and biker, proud beer and coffee snob.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Grahn’s family said he was enjoying retirement. He liked to climb, hike and bike.
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At the intersection of Summit and Snelling avenues, where bike paths and lanes of heavy traffic come together, Grahn died.
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The ride is intended to remember Grahn “and all other cyclists who have been killed while cycling on public roadways,” organizers said online.
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“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…
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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.