Volunteers make Bike MS possible!
Each year, thousands of people across the country join the Bike MS volunteer team. From planning event details and calling past participants to providing safety and support for riders at the event, volunteers make Bike MS happen, and are the foundation of why Bike MS is the largest cycling fundraising event in the country.
Who can volunteer?
Families, corporate groups, and individuals of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome to volunteer. We are always looking for youth clubs, corporate, and service-oriented community groups to lend a hand before, during, and after our events.
When you decide to volunteer, you become part of the MS movement – a collective of passionate individuals, moving together to create a world free of MS. Together we provide support, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
Some volunteer positions require a criminal and/or DMV background check, and some may involve driving or heavy lifting. Contact us for more details.
Volunteer AND Fundraise – the best of both worlds!
Did you know that volunteers are some of our most powerful fundraisers? Bike MS volunteers who choose to fundraise have access to a variety of great tools. When you register online, you have access to a Participant Center where you can set a fundraising goal, update your personal webpage to share your story with others, e-mail supporters, track your progress and qualify for great fundraising prizes!
Check out our Volunteer Opportunities menu below! Click each option to explore your choices.
Skilled Volunteer Positions
A bike medic is a volunteer rider who provides medical assistance along the route on Days 1 and 2. The level of care will usually be BLS, but can include BTLS and ALS. Other duties may include traffic control, minor bike repairs and rider information. EMS volunteers must have a minimum of ECA or greater. BTLS, ACLS and any other specialty certifications are welcomed. They are not required to be affiliated with a fire department or EMS service, but some pre-hospital experience is preferred. EMS will carry BLS as well as BSI items. Communication is via cell phone to the ride's Command Center. A special rider jersey will be issued. Email VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org
to be sent more information from the Bike Medic Committee.
A volunteer rider and a certified law enforcement officer who serves along the route implementing safety protocol, directs traffic and assists other cyclists when needed. These special volunteers will receive a distinctive POLICE BIB # for the ride and may be called upon for assistance at any time along the route. Assistance may be needed for any riders, EMS officials, BP MS 150 officials or other law enforcement officers working the route. While it's not mandated to ride both days, it's greatly appreciated if possible. Email VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org
to be sent more information from the Bike Police Committee.
Breakpoint Controllers (CERT)
CERT Breakpoint Controllers provide traffic assistance to cyclists at the entrances and exits of the breakpoints. Primary responsibilities include providing a safe environment for cyclists to dismount and directing cyclists to the bike lay down area. Breakpoint Controllers help ensure cyclist safety by keeping bike traffic continuously moving, encouraging the cyclists, giving information and creating an orderly, enjoyable atmosphere.QUALIFICATIONS:
CERT volunteers must be at least eighteen years of age, have completed FEMA sponsored CERT training, provide emergency contact information, sign an event release statement, attend a scheduled orientation (new volunteers), and attend a pre-event team organizational meeting (all volunteers). Most but not all assignments require a two day commitment.
To find out more about the CERT Program and where CERT training is being offered in the region, please visit the Harris County Citizen Corps website
or the City of Houston CERT website
. Additional information can be found at the BP MS 150 CERT website at http://www.certms150.org/
Communications - Amateur/HAM Radio Operators
Amateur radio operators form the primary Houston-to-Austin communications network for the BP MS 150. Operators are assigned to several different groups or stationed at different locations along the route. This is a one- or two-day commitment, depending on your location. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please visit http://bpms150hams.org/
Medical Support Team
*This volunteer position is not a bike-riding position; please refer to Bike Medics.
The medical support team consists of certified medical professionals (EMTs, paramedics and nurses) who administer First-Aid, assisted by volunteers who are trained in CPR. The support locations include breakpoints, lunch, overnight, finish, and along the route as rovers. For more information, visit the Medical Support Team's website at http://www.150medical.com/
Department of Motor Vehicles Check Required, Ham Radio License Required
The BP MS 150 Motorcycle Marshals play a critical role in the safety and success of the event. Roles of the Motorcycle Marshal include providing communications on the route, alerting the MS Command Post regarding hazards on the roads and dangerous situations, alerting the Command Post about any accidents or injuries, monitoring bicycle riders welfare on the route. Some Motorcycle Marshals help bicycle riders change flat tires and other minor bicycle repairs.
Motorcycle Marshals must be at least 25 years old, have a valid drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement, and proof in insurance covering the motorcycle to be ridden in the BP MS 150. They should be an active rider for the past two years with at least 5000 miles riding experience. Motorcycle Marshals often ride at low speeds (15-20 mph) in close proximity to bicycles, so good motorcycle handling skills at these speeds are essential. An MSF course or equivalent is not required, but highly encouraged.
The National MS Society will require all motorcycle volunteers undergo a drivers license check. This is an MS150 requirement for all volunteers operating motor vehicles.
Motorcycle Marshals are required to wear DOT approved helmets and may only ride solo. Since the motorcycles ride in close proximity to the bicycles, trikes, sidecars, or any other motorcycle variation with more than two wheels are not allowed, nor are trailers towed behind the motorcycle allowed.
Reliable communications along the route are critical, and cell phone coverage along the route can be spotty to non-existent in places. The entire BP MS 150 ride relies heavily on Amateur Radio for communications. This includes Operations, SAG, Rest Stops, Ride Management, Motorcycles, and others. Therefore, Motorcycle Marshals must hold a valid Amateur Radio Operators license. Cellular phones are carried for backup communications. The Technicians Amateur Radio License is easy to get. Websites like Hamexam.org make it easy to study for the test, and there is also a one day ham radio cram course for interested volunteers to earn a ham radio license is available. A ham radio capable of operation on both UHF and VHF bands is required. A radio with at least 35 watts per band and a gain antenna are recommended.
Each bicycle rider on the MS150 has raised a minimum of $400 to participate, with many raising much more than this. Part of our mission is to help provide the bicycle riders with an enjoyable experience. Most riders do not appreciate extremely loud pipes during their ride, so we do our best to accommodate this. Stock pipes are fine, but extremely loud pipes are not welcome on bicycle rides.
Just about any type of motorcycle can be uses for the BP MS 150. The Marshals ride everything from Goldwings to dirt bikes. Some ride 650cc scooters. About the only thing that is not suitable are the small displacement scooter and bikes (around 50 - 100cc).
We look forward to having you join the BP MS 150 Motorcycle Marshal Program! Email VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org
to be sent more information about becoming a Motorcycle Marshal.
Ride Marshals are registered cyclists who act as both Good-Will and Safety Ambassadors for the BP MS 150 Recommended Rides and BP MS 150. Ride Marshal applicants must be 18 years of age, have up-to-date certification in CPR/First-Aid training, be passionate and knowledgeable about safe cycling, and be willing to work with fellow cyclists to promote safe cycling. Ride Marshals must have completed at least two (2) BP MS 150 rides from Houston to Austin within the last 5 years.
The National MS Society provides CPR/First-Aid training, if you don't already have certification, but it must be completed BEFORE you can perform ANY Ride Marshal functions such as supporting any BP MS 150 Recommended Rides. Ride Marshals are required to support at least two (2) BP MS 150 Recommended Rides during the training season (January through April) and must complete a hands-on (8-hour minimum) Cycling Safety Class provided by the National MS Society.
Ride Marshal Sign-Up
SAG Drivers(Special Assistance Group)/SAG Navigators
Background check required; Department of Motor Vehicles check required (if driving)
SAG Vehicles assist cyclists who are unable to continue riding by transporting them to the next Breakpoint. SAG Drivers must have a valid driver's license and have the ability to drive a 15 passenger full size van in high stress situations. Drivers should be able to load bikes in the vans weighing up to 40 pounds. Volunteers will be required to attend a training ride and an informational meeting. SAG Navigators assist the Driver with directions, loading of bikes, with navigating the course and can assist with driving. The time commitment for the event starts with van pick up the Friday prior to the ride. SAG vehicles start the ride is 5:30 AM both Saturday and Sunday and continue until the ride is closed. The final phase is dropping off the van on Monday. Sign-up at the link below.
Box/Bus Combos transport cyclists who are unable to ride to the next breakpoint by placing bicycles in the Box Truck & Riders in the Bus. This two-person volunteer team (box truck driver and navigator) works with their assigned bus to move cyclists along with their bicycles from breakpoint to breakpoint, lunch, and finish. This is a minimum 40-hour commitment. Time includes mandatory training; rental pick-up the Friday before event weekend and rental drop-off the Monday after event weekend; plus assigned duties Saturday and Sunday of the event. Box/Bus Combo volunteers must pass a criminal background check every three years and annual drivers record screening per National MS Society guidelines. Box/Bus Combo volunteers must also possess average visual acuity; the ability to drive a large 15ft. box truck through tight rider and pedestrian areas; and possess the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, such as large bicycle. It is important that Box drivers practice patience and are able to handle high-pressure situations. Box drivers are encouraged to have a second person to help load the box truck and to navigate. There is a maximum of two volunteers per vehicle. Box/Bus Combo volunteers must be able to work the entire weekend from 5:30am to Close of the Course each day. Email VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org
to be sent more information from the Box/Bus Combo Committee Chair.
Supply Truck and Van Drivers
Drive, load, and unload trucks and vans carrying supplies along the route. Moderate-to-heavy lifting may be required. Drivers with commercial licenses preferred. This is a two-day commitment. Email VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org
to be sent more information from the Supply Committee Chair.
Packet Pick-Up (PPU)
Time Commitment: 3 to 5+ hours
Dates/Times/Locations: Coming soon!
Activities: Greet riders; rider registration; distribute rider acknowledgment forms, t-shirts, and goodie-bags; and more!
All interested persons must register as volunteers to help with the BP MS 150. Please click the "Register as a General Volunteer" tab above to register as a volunteer. Share this page with your friends, family, co-workers, and other potential volunteers!
PPU Volunteer Coordinator: Connie Kobitter, VolunteerBPMS150@nmss.org – After you have registered, you will be sent a Sign-Up Genius link to select your time(s) and activity(ies). For Memorial Park, Team Captain and Expo PPU’s, we welcome volunteers who can work multiple shifts!
Event Weekend Opportunities