'Ride on the Wild Side' bike event returns to Milwaukee County Zoo

NOW: ’Ride on the Wild Side’ bike event returns to Milwaukee County Zoo

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The weather was great for a bike ride inside the Milwaukee County Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 12.

It was part of the 26th annual Ride on the Wild Side event. All rides start and end at the zoo. 

The 2.5 mile kid-friendly ride stays inside the zoo. However, 10, 17,  and 27-mile riders start and end in the zoo, but go through the Menomonee River parkway along the Oak Leaf bike trail.

After the event was canceled last year, more than 800 riders took part this year.

"Based on our pre-registered rider total, I think people were just anxious to come back and participate," Laura Knollenberg of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee said. "It's truly a fun day, it's unique, the only day you can ride your bike through the zoo and I think families and everyone just enjoy it."

The ride helps raise money for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. 

In addition to a bike ride, the registration fee included entry to the zoo and parking, a continental breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt. 

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