By now, you have probably read about Dr. Dan Kliman’s tragic death in an elevator shaft. All the news reports have mentioned that he was an Alameda doctor, and some, like the Alameda Journal, have mentioned that he practiced at Alameda Hospital. However, many of us knew him as a bicycling advocate and an active member of BikeAlameda.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Dan was active in cycling issues in St. Louis helping to start that city’s critical mass. On a personal note, I saw Dan many mornings/evenings on our counter commutes, he riding to Alameda from Oakland to work at the hospital, me in the opposite direction. We haven’t spoken in a while, but regular bicycling commuters will understand the subtle acknowledgements passed between fellow riders as you’re cruising down the road to your destination.
Dan is mentioned as being solitary in a number of articles, but he wasn’t distant or a hermit. A few years ago, when we hosted an exchange student, I sent an email to the BikeAlameda list looking for a loaner bike for our guest, it was Dan who spoke up and lent us the bike for a month.
As someone who touched so many people’s lives in so many different ways. BikeAlameda has decided to set up a memorial fund, with money going to “Israel for Bicycles” a nationwide bicycle advocacy group in Israel, combining two of his core passions. If you are so inclined, I’d like to ask you to donate, even if it’s just $5. Credit cards work too. The money will be sent in the new year, we have been talking with them, and they were already aware of Dan’s death, it made the Israeli papers as well as the Bay Area ones.
Dan will be missed by many, his efforts will be appreciated by a lot of people who never knew him.
to the Dr. Dan Kliman Memorial Bicycle Advocacy Fund.
If you’re not a fan of PayPal, you can send a check (write “Kliman” in the memo) to:
PO Box 2732
Alameda, CA 94501