Remembering Dan Gebhart, who discovered neighborhood through biking in Portland
Like many individuals who arrive in Portland alone and with no community of buddies or household, Dan Gebhart discovered his “kindred spirits” through our vibrant and welcoming biking neighborhood.
“He discovered inside the bike neighborhood right here in Portland his calling, selling safer streets.”
— Cathy Bickerton, Dan’s mother
That’s one cause his dying whereas bicycling alone is all of the extra unhappy and tragic.
In response to Dan’s mom, Cathy Bickerton, he was driving house from work on Tuesday September twenty second when the accident occurred. He labored at a gasoline station on SE 122nd and Sunnyside in Clackamas and was headed west towards his condominium at 72nd and Foster in southeast Portland. Bickerton says he doubtless gathered velocity on the curvy downhill of SE Otty Street, misplaced management of his bike, and hit a curb earlier than colliding with a close-by fence. Bickerton stated the Clackamas County Medical Examiner checked Dan’s Bike Friday folding e-bike and that, “It was apparent the brake cables slipped and wouldn’t cease the bike.” (She additionally famous he’d been shifting the brake cables round just lately after putting in a entrance rack.)
Dan was 38 years outdated.
I keep in mind Dan as a quiet and energetic volunteer with Bike Loud PDX who I’d usually see at occasions and conferences. We interacted through Twitter (he’s @DeadPanDan) and he was a dependable supply who’d ship me photographs to make use of for tales and temporary dispatches from occasions to assist with our protection.
In 2016 he organized and led the No Extra 4-Lane Roads experience to lift consciousness of the risks of extensive, high-speed arterials. He made an indication for his bike that learn, “All Modes, No Stroads”.
Additionally in 2016, Dan took half in activism to improve safety on SE Division Street which led to PBOT decreasing the velocity restrict. He’s within the blue puffy jacket within the celebratory photograph under of the brand new new velocity restrict indicators:
Dan was born in Elgin, Illinois and lived in Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Connecticut and New Hampshire earlier than shifting to Clackamas in 2013. “After months of struggling in a brand new place with no buddies or contacts, Dan found the bike neighborhood right here in Portland,” Bickerton shared with me just lately. “Pedalpalooza and Sunday Parkways introduced Dan in touch with kindred spirits – lastly of us he had pursuits in widespread with.”
“He discovered inside the bike neighborhood right here in Portland his calling, selling safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians. He turned a member of Bike Loud PDX and took part in a lot of their initiatives.”
Right here’s extra from Cathy:
“In late 2019 Dan bought his first e-bike, a cargo bike. He was so thrilled with the lower in his commute time he ordered a second one as a commuter bike that arrived this previous March simply because the pandemic hit. Organized bike rides throughout this time floor to a close to halt, so to move the time Dan took up woodworking with hand instruments turning his little studio condominium at 72nd and Foster right into a quasi-workshop.
Dan’s diploma was in Engineering Expertise and his mind was at all times geared to a ‘repair it’ mindset. He was quiet, considerate, gradual to talk and had a dry snarky humor. He was anti-car and sarcastically labored at a gasoline station for nearly six years. True to his character he even gave pumping gasoline his all. His supervisor was heartbroken when she heard the information. “He saved this place working,” she stated.”
Dan’s sister Rachel Moline additionally shared a number of phrases about him:
“Dan was sparse in phrases however not in thoughts and coronary heart.
In childhood, Dan was a form and inspirational brother who was perpetually immersed in some undertaking to broaden his understanding of the world round him. As an grownup, he was a great buddy. Whether or not you wanted assist shifting, an equipment repaired, or an additional thoughts to unravel an issue, Dan was keen to assist.
As soon as in Portland he discovered focus in a brand new ardour of bicycling. He was lastly capable of merge his mental pursuits and beneficiant spirit with a better objective by bike and pedestrian security. He actually was a good looking soul who genuinely cared for his household, buddies, and neighborhood.”
Household and shut buddies gathered on September twenty sixth to say goodbye to Dan. He’s survived by his mother, Cathy Bickerton, his father Leonard Gebhart, his two brothers Michael and Timothy, and his sister Rachel Moline.
Bickerton plans to donate two of Dan’s bikes and many spare elements to the Neighborhood Biking Middle.
— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and email@example.com
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