Volunteer with Bike the Drive. The folks over at the Active Transportation Alliance are looking for volunteers for Bike the Drive.***Update: Unfortunately we received bad information and no pre-event volunteer positions are available.***
When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Where: Active Transportation Alliance office, various points along the Drive and Butler Field in Grant Park.
About Bike the Drive
20,000 cyclists will take to Lake Shore Drive for a car-free and care-free ride along the lake. They need help to fuel, direct, and encourage riders along the route as course marshals and at rest stops. Pre-event volunteers (more info below) can earn a free registration valued at $66.
- Review the volunteer descriptions and then sign up for the job and shift that suits you best.
- Review all emails from the volunteer coordinator. They will send confirmation of your exact duties and schedule in asap.
- Attend training if you are working on the day of the event.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your shift, sign in and HAVE FUN!
Perks of volunteering:
Pre-event volunteers can earn a complimentary registration to the MB Bike the Drive. (Value $66)
- Those volunteering during the event receive a T-shirt and complimentary pancake breakfast (Value $10).
- Charities that provide groups of 15 or more volunteers can qualify for a $200 donation to their organization (email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Volunteer Job Descriptions
***Update: Unfortunately we received bad information and no pre-event volunteer positions are available.***
PRE-EVENT Pre-event volunteers who work six hours or more receive a complimentary registration. Wednesday Volunteer Nights Work with other volunteers at their office (35 E Wacker Pl #1782) to help prepare materials and supplies for the event. Meet on select Wednesday evenings to help process registrations, stuff envelopes, pack supplies and complete other tasks. Packet Pick-Up Help distribute T-shirts and rider materials to participants at several downtown and suburban locations during day and evening hours from Wednesday, May 23 through Saturday, May 26. Locations Outreach Be a bike messenger for a day (or two) and help distribute information to large residential buildings along the lakefront. Daytime Office Help Help keep their office running smoothly during this busy time by answering phones, registration data entry and other administrative tasks. Saturday, May 26 Event Set-up The day before the event set up tables, arrange T-shirt boxes, hang signs and load and unload trucks. This position requires lifting and/or manual labor. The morning shift must be willing to be mobile – as they’ll load at the storage area and unload at the event site.
Day-of-event volunteers receive a complimentary breakfast and an MB Bike the Drive volunteer T-shirt. All day-of volunteers are required to attend one volunteer orientation session. All on-bike volunteers must wear a helmet.
Join a team that gives riders encouragement and directs them safely along the course. Course marshal teams are stationed along the entire length of Lake Shore Drive and communicate with volunteer managers.
Cyclists experienced in bike repair are needed to patrol the route, fix flat tires, make adjustments, help Course Marshals direct the ride and encourage safe bicycling among event participants. Bring your own pump and allen wrench, they’ll provide you with patch kits and tire levers. Ride Marshals are asked to bring their own screw drivers, tire pressure gauge, spoke wrench, crank wrench and chain tool – if you’ve got them. First aid training and medical experience is a plus – indicate this special skill when you register.
Stationed at checkpoints at Fullerton (2400 N) and Oakwood (3900 S), Checkpoint Marshals cheer on and direct riders towards the correct route. They also ensure that all riders on Lake Shore Drive are registered for the event and assist with day-of-event registration.
Green Team Marshals
With 20,000 riders eating 20,000 bananas and apples, you can help divert thousands of pounds from the landfill. Green Team Marshals observe and instruct riders to separate waste into composting, recycling, and trash bins. Volunteers will change trash and recycling bags as necessary.
The volunteer accommodations team rides along with participants to check on the volunteers along the route replenishing water and supplies and communicating event updates. Team members must have their own bike and trailer to transport volunteer supplies.
Be part of a team that sets up a rest stop and energizes participants with fruit, snacks and water. Volunteers may check in and out directly at their rest stop location. This is an ideal group volunteer opportunity.
Volunteers are needed at Butler Field in Grant Park to help with final set-up duties, day-of registration, bike valet, T-shirt and rider material distribution and more. Positions for the early shift (4 a.m.- 9 a.m.) and the late shift (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) are available.
We need safe drivers to help transport participants and bikes that break down during the ride. Only safe drivers need apply. SAG drivers will drive Car Share vehicles – they’ll help you get registered.