Volunteer for Ride the Drive

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for Ride the Drive?

Steps to Volunteering

We have a volunteer position for everyone! There are spots for outgoing volunteers and spots for people who want to work behind the scenes. You have the option of different positions, locations and shifts. Please continue reading for more information.

Step 1:

Choose your volunteer role and shift(s) for Ride the Drive based on your preference from the descriptions and shift times.

Step 2:

Choose the volunteer shift that works for you and the click "Register." You will then be asked to enter your contact information. Once you sign up to volunteer, you will receive an email confirmation.

Step 3:

The training will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10am - 11am at the City of Madison, Goodman Maintenance Facility at 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway, Madison, WI 53715. If you are unable to attend, please contact ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com.

Step 4:

Report to the location that you signed up for on the day of Ride the Drive. Meet your volunteer captain and receive further instructions.

Step 5:

Enjoy your day and encourage your friends and family to also volunteer or come out and enjoy the event.

If you have questions about volunteer or volunteer training, please contact ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com.

Volunteer Roles

Intersection Guides

Shift times: 8:15am-10:30am, 10:15am-12:45pm, 12:30pm-3:15pm

Volunteer Duties: This is the #1 most important volunteer position of the event! Volunteers are stationed at an intersection to make sure participants are safe along the route and to redirect cars to alternative traffic routes. Volunteers may assist with helping set up or taking down barricades at your intersection, answering participants' questions on the route, and redirecting neighborhood traffic to alternative open routes. Some volunteers will have the added duty of counting participants at different intervals. Please note you will be able to select your desired location.

Set Up Volunteers

Shift times: 7:30am-10:00am

Volunteer Duties: Set Up Volunteers are needed to make sure the course, activity areas, and booths are set up and ready for Ride the Drive to begin. Volunteers may assist with setting up and unloading supplies at various activity areas, putting out signs, displays, and tents, setting up information stations, and assisting with barricades, cones, and other traffic signs.

Information Station Volunteers

Shift times: 9:00-12:00pm, 11:45am-2:00pm, 1:45pm-4:00pm

Volunteer Duties: Information Station Volunteers are the smiling helpful face of Ride the Drive and staff info/water stations along the route. Volunteers may assist with staffing a Ride the Drive info booth, handing out Ride the Drive route maps, answering questions, handing out water, serving as the main information station within their section of the route, and helping with set up or take down.

Area Captains

Shift times: 7:30am-11:30am, 11:15am-4:00pm

Volunteer Duties: Area captains will play an integral role in the success of Ride the Drive and serve as the go to person in a specific Ride the Drive zone. These primary volunteers will serve as the coordinator in their area and work with volunteers, ensure everything is set up, and be the primary point of contact for the area. Volunteer Training is mandatory for this position Area Captain Volunteer Training will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2012 at 5:30pm. Area Captains may be responsible for the following duties: managing and directing volunteers in your area, assisting with set up and take down, maintaining the safety and quality of the route in your area, solving problems and questions as they arise, and communicating with the Ride the Drive staff. Area captains are expected to be at Ride the Drive for half the day, attend a training session prior to the event, and be responsible for bringing a bike.

Bike Ambassadors

Shift times: 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:45am-4:00pm

Volunteer Duties: Bike ambassadors will be paired up with an Area Captain in a specific zone on the Ride the Drive route to ensure the area is running smoothly. Bike ambassadors will provide mobile support using their bike within their area, but also be available to move between areas. Volunteers may assist with riding the route to ensure everything is progressing smoothly and safely in your designated one mile ride zone, supporting volunteers along the route for water and bathroom breaks, delivering materials within or to other areas, maintaining the safety of the route, and ensuring all traffic cones, signs, and barriers are properly placed. Bike Ambassadors are expected to be at Ride the Drive for half the day, attend a training session prior to the event, use their own bike and cell phone during the event. Volunteers will be riding for most of the event and should bring a bike trailer, bike bags, or at least a backpack to help with transporting items.

Merchandise Tent Volunteers

Shift times: 9:00-12:00pm, 11:45am-2:00pm, 1:45pm-4:00pm

Ride the Drive merchandise tent volunteers will be helping sell t-shirts and other items. Volunteers should be comfortable making change and handling money.

Donation and Balloon Volunteers

Shift times: 9:00-12:00pm, 11:45am-2:00pm, 1:45pm-4:00pm

Ride the Drive is a great event and we need the community's support to continue. Donation Stand volunteers will volunteer at a booth along the course accepting donations and handing out balloons. The morning shift will be responsible for filling and tying the majority of the balloons.


Contact: ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com