Chicago biking community loses a dedicated supporter

The bicycling community in Chicago lost a great friend and supporter with the recent death of Dan Brown. Dan died as a result of a boating accident on Lake Michigan on Saturday evening. 

A committed supporter of Active Trans, Dan volunteered at our MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive and Four Star bike ride for many years.

For these events, Dan served as a ride marshal, helping people on the route with mechanical issues with their bikes, offering first aid, and sometimes providing just a snack, a bottle of water or some words of encouragement to those who needed it.

He volunteered at our Chicago Bike Swap events. And just a few weeks ago, Dan donated his time at Active Trans’ inaugural Bike to Brew ride, where he helped mark the route and ensure that the party after the ride ran smoothly. At this event, he also served as a ride marshal, leading the first wave of riders on the route.

As always, Dan performed these tasks with a big smile on his face. Dan was the type of person who would jump in to help where ever he was needed.

Dan, 56, loved helping people and he loved seeing more people riding bikes.

In addition to volunteering for Active Trans for many years, he often participated in events held by The Chainlink community.

His infectious enthusiasm will be missed dearly. 

Photo of Dan Brown courtesy of The Chainlink

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Wonderful write up about a

Wonderful write up about a great person and friend who will be sorely missed by many here in Chicago. Dan was on my RAGBRAI team in 2010 and one of many Chicago cyclists who attended my wedding up in Petoskey MI.

The Friday prior to his tragic boating trip I saw him biking on the Lake Front Path. Sunglasses and shirtless, he had a huge smile on his face when I yelled out his name as I rode past him. If I had only known I would have stopped to chat for a while.

Throughout life you meet many people and in the cycling world many unique individuals. Dan was one person I will never forget. Whenever recalling the many memories I have of him, I will always smile due to the humor and hilarity he always added to life.

Gonna miss you buddy, you were one of a kind.

Aaron Bussey

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