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While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Messenger Appreciation Day tomorrow!

Being a bike messenger is a tough job. Our hats are off to the 300+ women and men in Chicago who make crucial deliveries every day by bicycle. This Thursday, Oct. 9, is Bike Messenger Appreciation Day and there are two cool events for messengers.

Why appreciate messengers on Oct. 9? Well, 10-9 is the radio code for “please repeat” and that’s why Oct. 9 is always Bike Messenger Appreciation Day.

Morning: free breakfast at the Thompson Center from 8-9 a.m. courtesy of Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago.

Evening: after work happy hour at Mother Hubbard’s (State/Hubbard) where the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will offer the first 150 messengers a free beer by showing their company ID.

So, if you know any messengers, please let them know about the free events and that you appreciate their work!

Ethan Spotts
(formerly known as “31”)