Four separate events means ‘Ride the Drive’ needs four times as many volunteers

MADISON, Wis. — The annual “Ride the Drive” tradition will look different this year.

Normally, roads get shut down to traffic to allow thousands of people to enjoy healthy activities like biking and roller blading on John Nolen Drive.

This year, however, the City of Madison Parks Department has decided to spread the event out to four different parks to promote social distancing. The event will be held on Sunday, June 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kennedy, Marlborough, Warner and Wingra Parks.

The added locations means more volunteers are needed than ever before to help set up, clean up, man biking information stations and work at t-shirt stands.

“Because we’re doing four events basically at one time, we need four times as many volunteers,” Madison Parks’ Ann Shea said. “We would have well surpassed (what we need) if we were only doing one event, based on how many have signed up so far.”

Shea says as of Monday morning, they still needed 50 volunteers at Warner Park, 80 at Kennedy, and more than 100 at Marlborough and Wingra Parks.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can visit the event’s website here.