Yaletown shooting victim Paul Dragan earns praise for helping cycling community
The president of the B.C. Cycling Coalition, Richard Campbell, has said that the man shot in Yaletown yesterday, Paul Dragan, has "made a tremendous contribution to cycling".
Dragan founded and remains the major shareholder in Reckless Bike Shops, which has stores in Yaletown and at the corner of Fir Street and West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver.
"He’s a really, really inspiring hard-working guy," Campbell said.
He noted that Dragan supported the Velo-city Global 2012 Conference in Vancouver and has done other things to promote cycling and cycling groups.
"My heart goes out to Paul and his family and I sure hope he pulls through and makes a complete recovery," Campbell said. "Certainly, he’s done a lot of great work. I’m sure if he pulls through, he’ll be doing great work in the future.”
Dragan, 52, was reportedly shot by a former disgruntled employee at the corner of Davie and Marinaside Crescent. The suspect escaped on a bike to the area outside Telus Science World, where he was involved in a shootout with police.
The shooter and Dragan are both in hospital.
Dragan, a former professional bike racer, has been on the board of Retail B.C., the Downtown Vancouver Association, the City of Vancouver bicycle advisory committee, and the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada.
He's also been active in construction, bicycle manufacturing, and a mountain-bike park.
At his Vancouver stores—the first was near Granville Island—Dragan is known for his friendly and intelligent conversations with customers.
"He’s always talking about how people drop in there, get a bike, and start riding," Campbell said.