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Fifth Third Bike the Drive is a fundraiser for Active Transportation Alliance, a membership-based non-profit advocacy organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking and public transit throughout Chicagoland. 

We couldn’t pull off an event like this without the support of hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to support our work. We are thrilled to welcome back participants and volunteers to outdoor events in a fun and safe way!   

To show our appreciation, pre-event volunteers working a 4-to-6-hour shift will earn a complimentary registration ticket to Fifth Third Bike the Drive. Day-of-event volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and complimentary breakfast. 

We have had to make a few changes to keep everyone safe amid COVID-19. Participant registration has been updated to digital tickets that allow cyclists to print registration and rider numbers themselves prior to event. Same day registration will be all online which will reduce the size of the registration tent and needed volunteers. Unfortunately, we will not have a pancake tent at the festival this year but will still be providing food for volunteers. Plus, participant t-shirt and 30 Mile Challenge medals will be available for pick up at the North & South Rest stops, in addition to the Festival.

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is
produced by and benefits

Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking, and public transit throughout chicagoland.

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VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-Event

Office Help: Process registrations, stuff envelopes, pack supplies and complete other tasks. 

Outreach: Distribute important information to large residential buildings along the lakefront. 

Storage Unit: Sort through, prep, and pack event materials at our Storage Unit. Tasks include cleaning out water jugs, sorting t-shirts and packing materials for each rest stop and checkpoint. 

Event Set-up: Move event supplies, set up tables, arrange T-shirt boxes, hang signs and unload trucks. This position requires lifting and/or manual labor. The morning shift must be willing to travel to multiple locations. 

Day-Of-Event

Course Marshal: Enthusiastically encourage riders and direct them safely along the course. 

Ride Marshal: Patrol the route, fix flat tires and make adjustments, and encourage safe bicycling among event participants. This role requires cyclist experienced in bike repair. Bring your own tools if you have them. First aid training and medical experience is a plus. 

Checkpoint Marshal: Ensure that all riders are registered for the event, direct riders towards the correct route, and assist with day-of-event registration. 

Green Team Marshals: Help divert thousands of pounds waste from the landfill by instructing riders to separate waste into recycling and trash bins. 

Volunteer Accommodations: Rides along with participants to check on the volunteers and replenish water and supplies. Volunteers in this role must have their own bike and trailer to transport volunteer supplies. 

Rest Stops Volunteers: Refuel participants with fruit, snacks and water. Assist handing out participant t-shirts. This is an ideal group volunteer opportunity. 

Festival: Help with final set-up, t-shirt pickup, coffee tent, 30 Mile Challenge, bike valet and more. 

SAG Drivers: Help transport participants and bikes that break down during the ride. SAG drivers will use Car Share vehicles – we’ll help you get registered! 

Event Breakdown: Collect signs from the festival area, break down tables, repack supplies and load boxes onto trucks. This position requires heavy lifting and/or manual labor but you will be adored and referred to as a HERO by our Event staff! 

GROUP VOLUNTEERS

In order to better support charitable and non-profit organizations, we’ve increased our volunteer group stipends. We offer a $250 donation to charitable or community organizations that provide 8-14 volunteers for the day of the event, and a $350 donation to groups of 15 or more. Below are the requirements for volunteer groups. If you do not meet these requirements, please register to volunteer as an individual. 

  • Must be charitable or nonprofit organization to receive the donation. Corporate groups are also welcome, but must select a registered nonprofit to receive the donation. 
  • Must provide a minimum of 8 volunteers to qualify for a donation. One volunteer cannot count towards multiple groups. 
  • Must have a designated leader who will be the point of contact. Group leaders must schedule a 30-minute training phone call with our Volunteer Coordinator. 

If interested in signing up as a volunteer group, please email Volunteer & Events Manager at [email protected]

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