Bikers to ride in memory of Hull

Wednesday night’s bike ride will commemorate Audrey Hull and raise awareness of bike safety.

John Hageman

Just days after a crash killed Audrey Hull in Dinkytown, more than 300 people are scheduled to participate in a memorial bike ride in her name Wednesday night.

The ride will celebrate HullâÄôs life and raise awareness about bicycle safety. It will make its way through Dinkytown neighborhood Wednesday night.

Hull was struck by a semitruck at the intersection of 4th Street and 15th Avenue Southeast on April 21.

Kyle Torfin posted the event on Facebook last week. But due to the overwhelming response, he needed volunteers to make sure the ride goes smoothly.

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, an organization made up of about 30 volunteers, will provide assistance, along with the Minneapolis and University police departments.

Lisa Bender, a board member for the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, said HullâÄôs death is a âÄúreminder of how much we have to do to make Minneapolis truly safe for bicycles.âÄù

Bender said about 15 of HullâÄôs family and friends have donated $1,000 to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition for bike safety advocacy.

âÄúWeâÄôre just starting out, so thatâÄôs huge for us,âÄù Bender said.

She added that family and friends also donated money to a cat rescue organization in HullâÄôs name âÄúbecause she liked cats.âÄù

Ethan Fawley, a volunteer with MBC, didnâÄôt know Hull personally, but was still affected by the crash.

âÄúI think people were moved by the unfortunate circumstances,âÄù Fawley said. âÄúAnd they wanted to do what they could to raise awareness.âÄù

Fawley said fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles and bicyclists have become a bigger problem in recent years.

He added that he hopes that the incident will âÄúfinally be the thing to push the police department and the city to find a solutionâÄù to fatalities like the one involving Hull.

Riders will meet at 7 p.m. at Van Cleve Park.