The friends of Ute Burkhardt are planning a ride in her memory for Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m., starting at 7029 Taft St., Hollywood. Ute, who worked for American Airlines, was killed last Thursday afternoon in a collision with a truck near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. She was 38.
The ride is being organized by Tony and Sandi Chin, owners of Big Wheel Bicycles, who used to ride with Ute on weekends. The ride is an effort to build a memorial fund for bicycle advocacy. If you take part, you'll be asked for a $5 donation to offset expenses, with the balance going to the fund that Ute's family wants to establish. There will be 20-mile and 40-mile routes, both returning to the starting point for socializing and a barbecue. For other information on the event, you can call Tony at (954) 966-5545.
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