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.