Zoological Society of Milwaukee
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Bike with the Beasts

Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Ride on the Wild Side Bike Ride

By - Aug 26th, 2016 10:18 am
Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Ride on the Wild Side Bike Ride. Photo by Olga Kornienko.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Ride on the Wild Side Bike Ride. Photo by Olga Kornienko.

There are many reasons to ride bikes: It alleviates stress and reduces blood pressure, it’s good for the environment, and it saves animals. By choosing cycling over driving, the number of animals involved in road accidents is decreased, AND when you sign up for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Ride on the Wild Side Bike Ride, you are directly contributing to wildlife conservation, education, and support of the Milwaukee County Zoo and its animals. On Sept. 11, bikers have a rare chance to bike through the Milwaukee County Zoo among the animals, as well as through the Menomonee River Parkway and Oak Leaf Trail. This ride, sponsored by Wheaton Franciscan, is for people of all ages and abilities. Kids can pedal past the penguins in a 2.5-mile Critter Caravan through the Zoo, while more seasoned riders challenge themselves with a 10 to 20+ mile ride around the Milwaukee area. Last year’s event raised $26,000 for the Zoological Society and its efforts supporting the Milwaukee County Zoo.

What: The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Ride on the Wild Side, sponsored by Wheaton Franciscan.
Where: All rides start and end at the Milwaukee County Zoo; the distance routes continue north through the Menomonee River Parkway along the Oak Leaf bike trail.
When: Sept. 11, 2016. Ride check-in starts at 7 a.m. at the Zoo followed by a continental breakfast. Staggered rider departure begins at 8 a.m. After the ride, participants return to the Zoo for a buffet lunch.
Why: To support your furry friends while enjoying all the benefits of biking.
Registration: Register online at zoosociety.org/bike through Sept. 9, 2016. After Sept. 9, call 414-258-2333 to register. Day-of-event registrations will be accepted (limited T-shirt sizes will be available.) Helmets are required.
Cost: Zoo Pass members: adults (ages 14 and over), $35; children (ages 3-13), $12; family of four, $85. Nonmembers:
adults, $40; children, $15; family of four, $100. Day of ride: adults, $45; children, $20. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, a long-sleeve T-shirt, crafts and activities for children, Zoo admission and parking.

More information: For information, visit zoosociety.org/ride.

About the Zoological Society
The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

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