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Photo Essay: Cyclists support the Arts with lakefront ride

The United Performing Art Fund’s (UPAF) 35th Annual Ride for the Arts took place on June 5, with several thousand participants riding as far north as Ozaukee County. The non-competition ride has been part of UPAF’s public fundraising campaign that supports a dozen local organizations. Since it began in 1981, the event has raised more than $8.5 million dollars for the performing arts in Milwaukee. The goal for this year is to raise $600,000. Four routes took cyclists from the Summerfest grounds and across the Hoan Bridge for either a 70-, 45-, or 25-mile ride, with a shorter 10-mile family-friendly course.

This photo essay features moments from the 2016 biking event, where people of all ages joined in support of the Arts in Milwaukee.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.

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