Brian Jacobson

2012 UPAF Ride for the Arts

TCD recaps the UPAF Ride for the Arts with two flickr galleries and a YouTube video that captures the best of one of the nation's largest one-day bike rides.

By - Jun 6th, 2012 08:49 am

5-mile riders got to venture through Lakeshore State Park near the Summerfest grounds. (All photos by Brian Jacobson and Benjamin Wick)

On a perfect Sunday for a bike ride, about 7,200 cyclists saddled up for the United Performing Arts Fund‘s 2012 Miller Lite Ride for the Arts. Riders chose from several routes ranging from a 5-mile turnaround to a 75-mile round trip to Port Washington. Lake Michigan, sparkling in the sunshine, was never far from any of the courses, four of which crossed the Hoan Bridge at least once. (I did the 25-mile Hoan crossing; really, the climb isn’t bad at all.)


Posing with South Shore Cyclery’s antique bikes at the after-party. TCD photo by Brian Jacobson.

All manner of riders, from kids just off training wheels to oldsters who got the rusty old bike out of the basement for the occasion, participated. Lots of tandem bikes were in the mix, as were riders with pricey bikes and aerodynamic outfits. The Miller Lite ride was fun and friendly, and the ride raised about $530,000 for Milwaukee’s non-profit performing arts organizations.

TCD was there, with a team of 13 riders and friends. We had fun meeting and greeting at the after party, including holding a photobooth in partnership with South Shore Cyclery and their stylish bikes (for full photos from these riders, see our Flickr set linked here). Photo editor Brian Jacobson, photo intern Benjamin Wick and video intern Garrett Katerzynske were busy all over the various courses and at the party. Check out their pictures and video to relive this great event. By the way, I’m the one in the yellow shirt. — Tom Strini, TCD Senior Editor.

0 thoughts on “Mega-Recap: 2012 UPAF Ride for the Arts”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was driving downtown on Sunday morning and shared the road with a large group of cyclists. The cyclists ran at least two red lights (no patrol cars, police officers or ride organizers at the intersections).

    Are bicyclists are required to obey traffic signals? Were riders instructed to ignore traffic signals? Were there supposed to be other individuals controlling the intersections?

    If bicyclists (and ride organizers) want equal respect on the roads, they should be following the same rules OR have control the intersections.

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