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Chicago remembers late bicyclist with `Honorary Bobby Cann Way`

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Bike enthusiast Bobby Cann, 26, was riding near Larrabee and Clybourn in May when he was fatally struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver. He is being honored Friday in Old Town.

A makeshift memorial in Cann's honor sits at the place where he was hit.

Chicago aldermen voted to rename the Clybourn corridor near Larrabee "Honorary Bobby Cann Way" in his memory. Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. made the proposal in this week's City Council meeting.

Critical Mass held a big march in his honor earlier this year, where cyclists raised their bikes in his honor. They say what happened to the well-loved "bike ambassador" could happen to anyone.

His story renews a push to keep cyclists safe while they ride in Chicago, something that is very important now that the Divvy bike sharing program has gained popularity. The former Groupon employee's friends and family said he was a strong advocate of sharing the road, and was always eager to help riders – new and old – find ways to navigate the city safely and encourage their love of biking in the city.

The driver has been charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence. Cyclists vowed to attend the court hearings for the accused Mercedes driver.

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