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Old 08-22-08, 07:16 AM   #1
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The Joy of the Commute

I often feel pride and exhilaration from bike commuting. I know we share that in this forum, and we feed off of that. Few statements can sum that up like this one from a cyclist's sister, who's brother died the other day on his way to work. He was killed by a car.

This is taken from the Columbus Dispatch, from 8/21/08:
..."Whenever Yvonne Corbin worried about finances, her son would reassure her that they'd make ends meet. After too many problems with their car, they bought the bike together at a pawnshop. He pedaled to work even in winter, complementing the vest with an orange hat and orange gloves.

"He died proudly," said his sister, Trina Corbin. "He died going to work."

It's good to know that his family understood the joy this man had for bike commuting at this tragic moment in their lives. May God bless them.
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Old 08-22-08, 07:21 AM   #2
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"He died proudly," said his sister, Trina Corbin. "He died going to work."
Ah jeez.

I hope a lot of people read that quote. Maybe it will give them something to think about.
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Old 08-22-08, 08:44 AM   #3
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That's an interesting quote. I think it is far more meaningful for a family trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. I commute proudly. And I gladly accept the risk for the personal and social rewards. This quote makes me want to double my efforts to make sure that I do not die proudly for bicycle commuting. And it makes me want to double my efforts for my biking community.
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Rip.
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At least she's not blaming the bike for his death, but that short blurb indicates they bought the bike because they were in dire straits financially, and couldn't afford to keep and maintain the car anymore. Suffering what most would view as the shame of poverty, he continued, at least, to have a job. "He died going to work" tells me that she was proud that they were still self-sufficient, rather than having to accept charity. It doesn't say "he died riding his bike so I know he was happy when he went."
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