Out of Tragedy comes Hope for Tomorrow

[An inspirational story from Streetfilms in New York City]
Mary Beth Kelly’s story is as inspirational as they come. In June 2006, she and her husband Dr. Carl Henry Nacht, a physician who regularly used his bike to visit thousands of his patients at the hospital (and even to make in-home visits), were bicycling when a tow truck struck Carl after crossing the West Side Highway bike path. He died four days later. Bicycling was an integral part of their lives. It was their main mode to get about. They regularly vacationed on their wheels. Even had their first date on bikes. If Mary Beth never wanted to see another bike, one couldn’t blame her. Instead she decided she wouldn’t allow the tragedy to stop her from doing something that brought the two of them so much joy. She’s back on her bike. Their kids Zoe and Asher still ride. And perhaps most importantly, she has become an outspoken advocate and serves on the advisory council for Transportation Alternatives, to help develop comprehensive complete streets policies in a bill which honors her late husband.

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