|Human Honey Badger Michael Tripp McNair at Joppa Preserve, Great Trinity Forest, with a Copperhead Snake|
You probably don't know Michael. But you have seen the impact he has made in Dallas. He's one of the bike advocates behind cool ideas like bike racks on DART buses and clam shell storage lockers at train stations. I'd also take a good guess that he is probably one of the highest mileage commuting cyclists in DFW. Probably north of 150 miles a week, year round. Riding from his home in Garland out to the Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell area daily to his job. Married with children, survivor of Crohn's disease and a cancer scare....he's a shining example of someone who has overcome enormous personal adversity to do what he does. He's one of the best at it. Dallas is a better city to live in because of him. Hard to find people that give back like that. Who practice what they preach. Who practice what they practice.
When people say they can't ride a bike to work, have health issues or have too much going on in their family life to ride a bike....I use Michael as an example. He's my "I know a guy who ______". He's that guy.
It's a cruel irony that during National Bike To Work Week and the day of the annual Ride of Silence that Michael finds himself in the fight of his life in the ICU at Baylor after being hit by a vehicle near Ferguson and Cotillion on the morning of May 15th while riding to work. Hit not far from his home. The laundry list of things he has broken is a long one. Neck, back, hip, pelvis, punctured lung, ribs, spleen. I have no idea how or why it happened. Just that if you have any prayers to offer, he could really use 'em.
UPDATE 5/17/12 5pm:
The link below goes to a secure website setup for donations to the family, started by the friends of the McNair Family
Their website reads:
|Matt Malone (foreground) and Michael McNair (background) with the very first bicycle crossing of the Trinity River Trail Bridge in the Great Trinity Forest in the summer of 2011|
He has joined me on numerous trips down to the Trinity River. Going by the handle "MMACH5" he is well known in the cycling and geocaching communities. His handle is an acronym for the first letters of his, his wife, his three children's names. 5 in all. Like the DART Committee he served on, he has also made the Great Trinity Forest a better place. Last summer he added the first geocaches to the Great Trinity Forest which can be found here MMACH5's geocaches. Some unique spots like Joppa, the old Sleepy Hollow Country Club and the old Pig Rodeo arena in Floral Farms. He also has some in the Scyene/Piedmont Ridge trail areas too.
Say a prayer for Michael. Throw a penny in a wishing well. Rub a Budda belly and think of him. I know I will.