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Help make the 2014 Four-Star Bike & Chow a success!

We need your help for the 2014 Four-Star Bike & Chow on September 7, as thousands of bicyclists participate in one of Chicago’s longest-running rides.

The Four-Star Bike & Chow returns on September 7 with four new routes – in, around and beyond Chicago. We hope you will help make this event a success by lending your skills and talents before, during and after the event.

Register now

We have plenty of roles and positions available, but register early to pick the role you would like.

Steps for volunteering:

1. Register to indicate what jobs you prefer and if you want to volunteer before, or during the event.

2. Review all emails from the volunteer coordinator. We will send confirmation of your exact duties and schedule in XXX.

3. Attend a training if you are working at the event.

4. Arrive 15 minutes before your shift, and HAVE FUN!

Perks of volunteering:

  • Pre-event volunteers can earn a complimentary registration to the Four Star Bike and Chow
  • Those volunteering during the event receive a t-shirt  and volunteer raffle entry
  • Charities that provide groups of 15 or more volunteers can qualify for a $150 donation to their organization (email for details)

Active Transportation Alliance would like to thank each volunteer, past and future, for your time and dedication. We could not continue to support biking, walking and transit without you!

Before the Event


Wednesday Volunteer Nights

Work with other volunteers at our office at 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402, 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. Register early as space is limited!

Monday Registration Mailing Nights

Work with other volunteers at our offices at 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402, to help mail rider numbers and other materials to registered participants. Register early as space is limited!

Daytime Office Assistance

Work with the event staff the week preceding Four-Star Bike & Chow at our offices at 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402.  Help enter paper registrations, pack boxes and prepare supplies for the event. Register early as space is limited!

Packet Pickup

Help distribute T-shirts and rider numbers to participants from our downtown office at 9 W. Hubbard St, Suite 402, during day and evening hours, XXX through XXXXX Register early as space is limited!

Event Setup

Help us setup for the big day. We need your help on XXXX to load the trucks at our offices at 9 W. Hubbard St, Suite 402, transport supplies to the event start/finish area, set up tables and chairs, hang banners and signs, and do odd jobs. Some heavy lifting required. 

Route Markers

Teams of two volunteers are needed to mark the routes about one week before the event.  All supplies and instructions will be provided.  Route marking happens in the night hours. We’d especially appreciate help from volunteers that can bring bike trailers. Marking times can be flexible but needs to happen about one week prior to event, early evening and/or late night. Route markers must attend route marking training session

During the Event

Rest stops and water stops

Help setup one of our rest or water stops and hand out snacks and water to riders who are stopping for a quick break. Assist with teardown after your rest or water stop closes.

Ride Marshals (medic & repair)

Ride Marshals keep the ride safe, well organized and fun for all participants. Cyclists experienced in bike repair or are medically trained are needed to patrol the route and change flats, make adjustments, attend to minor injuries and help Course Marshals direct the ride. Ride Marshals are chosen based on experience and must be fully self-sufficient out on the course. Ride Marshals will be provided with patch kits and tire levers. Ride Marshals must supply their own pump, allen wrenches, and all supplies necessary to be completely self-sufficient—including screw drivers, tire pressure gauge, spoke wrench, crank wrench and chain tool.  

Course Marshals

Course Marshals are the heart of Four-Star! Volunteers are situated at intersections along the route to direct and cheer on riders. Critical intersections may not always be busy with participant traffic, so bring your lawn chair, radio and snacks and turn it into a party with other volunteers!

SAG Drivers

We need safe SAG (support and gear) drivers to pick up cyclists whose bikes quit on them. We will even help supply the car if you don’t have one. Only safe drivers need apply. SAG drivers must submit a driver’s license and proof of insurance.


Help our participants enjoy the Four-Star experience at our festival. Volunteers are needed to help with final setup duties, t-shirt and rider number distribution, day-of registration, merchandise sales, and more!

Event Teardown

Help us put all of our supplies away at the end of the day. We’ll load our trucks with the supplies from the event, bring the trucks back to the Active Transportation Alliance offices at 9 W. Hubbard St. and unload them. 

Group Volunteering

Active Trans offers a $150 donation for qualifying charitable or community organizations that provide groups of 15 or more volunteers for the day of the event. Groups are urged to register early because space is limited! Email to confirm. Group leaders must complete a group contact sheet by the deadline and attend a volunteer training session.