Volunteer for Ride the Drive

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

Steps to Volunteering

Volunteer positions are available for anyone! Options are listed below.

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 then click "Register." You will then be asked to enter your contact information, to include your t-shirt size. All volunteers receive one complimentary adult-sized t-shirt. Once you sign up to volunteer, you will receive an email confirmation.

Step 3:

The training will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10am - 11am at the Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway, Madison, WI 53715. If you are unable to attend, please contact ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com and review the Ride the Drive Volunteer Training.

Step 4:

Report to the location that you signed up for on the day of Ride the Drive. Meet your Madison Parks Staff to 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 volunteering 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 Crew

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 Guides

Shift times: 9:00am-11:00am, 10:45am-12:45pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm

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.

Bike Ambassadors

Shift times: 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:45am-3:15pm

Volunteer Duties: Bike ambassadors will check in with Madison Parks staff 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: 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:45am-3:15pm

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


Contact: ridethedrive@cityofmadison.com