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Dec 9, 2009 8:31 AM

Trailhead near Mt. Lemmon to remember cyclist

Tucson, AZ - It's not easy going there but Jean Gorman and her husband still do.

"It's just devastating without him," Gorman said.

On his birthday and on holidays they visit the cross along the side of Catalina Highway. It's the exact place where their son was killed.

Brad Gorman, 41, died in 1999 when a car hit him from behind. He was training for the annual El Tour de Tucson.

"Hit him at 50 plus miles per hour and killed him instantly," Gorman said.

Since then she has pushed to have the bike lanes widened on Catalina Highway and the road re-named, "The Brad P. Gorman Memorial Bikeway."

"My first thought was we had to make something good out of this situation," Gorman said.

She says her work isn't done.

Near the base of the mountain, they are planning another memorial. The county donated the land years ago, which is in a flood plain and not buildable.

She says with county money and donations they will begin construction in a few weeks. It will be a trailhead with parking, benches, water, an air pump for bike tires and most importantly it will be a safe place.

"This is a very dangerous area for cyclists at the base of Mt. Lemmon with no place to park," Gorman said.

Julie Widman, says she's reminded of that when she rides her bike up the mountain once a week. She says she's thankful for what Gorman is doing.

"Congrats to his mom for all the hard work she's put in to getting this trailhead going and it will be a nice reminder of her son and for us fellow cyclists to see the tribute that she paid to him," Widman said.

The trailhead is expected to be completed in spring 2010.

Gorman says they are still short funding so they're trying to raise more money before the project begins. They're selling memorial pavers for $50. They will be placed at the trailhead.

You can send donations and orders to:
C/O Perimeter Bicycling Assocation of America
2609 East Broadway Blvd,. Tucson, AZ 85716.

Call 520-240-BRAD for more information.


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