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Groupon offered in memory of cyclist killed in Old Town

June 05, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

It’s not the typical Groupon.

In honor of employee and Chicago resident Bobby Cann -- who was killed by a driver May 29 as he biked home from work -- the daily deals site is offering users a chance to donate to the Active Transportation Alliance in hopes of bringing more protected bike lanes to Chicago. With seven days left on the deal Wednesday, more than 700 $10 Groupons that go directly to the Alliance’s Protected Bikeways Campaign had been purchased.

“Bobby was cycling home on the clear, sunny evening of Wednesday, May 29, when he was hit and killed by a car going in the same direction,” reads the Groupon’s description, written by Cann's girlfriend and editorial staffer Catherine Bullard. “The crash happened near the intersection of Larrabee Street and North Clybourn Avenue. Neither street has bike lanes.”

The description notes Cann, 26, of Lakeview, started as a writer for the company, later earning the title of Editorial Tools Specialist after learning to code. 

The Protected Bikeways Campaign “aims to equip Chicago and its residents with a 100-mile network of protected bike lanes by 2015.”

“It’s true of life in general, but it’s certainly true of urban cycling: there is no way to control all the elements of your own safety,” the description reads, noting Cann’s dedication to bike safety. “Bobby prevented harm to himself in every way he could.”

On May 31, Park Ridge resident Ryne San Hamel was charged with reckless homicide, felony aggravated driving under the influence involving a death, and other misdemeanor charges in relation to the crash. A Critical Mass bike ride was held in honor of Cann, and friends constructed a makeshift memorial at the intersection of the crash.

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