Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This Friday: Bike for Your Rights, a Chicago Benefit for Mariel Mentink

What better way to enjoy a cold Friday night? Critical Mass, then come out and support a fundraiser for Mariel Mentink, this Friday at the Viaduct Theater at 9pm. Bikes, beer, and advocacy go hand in hand!!

The background: Early on New Years Day, Chicago resident, Mariel Mentink and a friend were riding home after a group bike ride around Austin. Riding westbound on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard near Springdale, Mariel was hit from behind by a motorist in a grey SUV or pickup truck that immediately fled the scene. This near fatal hit and run has left Mariel with an uncertain future and a recovery time estimated to be 3 years that consists of intensive care, rehabilitation and physical therapy. This event's purpose is to support Mariel financially and also to help to increase bike safety and driver to bicycle awareness. Join us for live music, beer, and bike mechanics working for donations to give your ride a tune up or repair.

More information can be found here and here

So, dust off your bike and meet me Daley Plaza at 5:30pm for the start of critical mass, where we will ride over as a group to the Viaduct Theater. More info on Critical Mass can be found here. Questions about where to meet? Email samara2@uic.edu

Don't forget to dress warm!

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