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Street-naming ceremony to honor slain cyclist Bobby Cann

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Bobby Cann and Catherine Bullard shortly before Canns death
  • Courtesy of Catherine Bullard
  • Bobby Cann and Catherine Bullard shortly before Cann's death

The intersection of Clybourn and Larrabee, which on Friday afternoon will be officially designated as Honorary Bobby Cann Way, is quiet most days. There's a dry cleaner on the corner, across the street from an empty field where one of the Cabrini-Green high-rises once stood.

It was still there in 1997, when Marcus Moore first opened his bike shop, Yojimbo's Garage, down the street.

Moore is generally skeptical of honorary street names. "But as long as they're in place, it seems like a good way to honor Bobby."

In May, a car fatally struck Cann, who was biking home from work. The crash sent waves through Chicago's bike community. "When any cyclist dies in our streets, we want to do everything we can to raise awareness," said Rebecca Resman, membership director at the Active Transportation Alliance.

Resman noted that Cann was widely known as a cautious, safety-oriented rider. "For someone to be riding safely, legally, and be struck is extremely scary, because it could happen to anyone," she said.

Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. will officiate the street-naming ceremony, scheduled for 1 PM on October 25.

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