FAQ’s

About The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour

What is The Ben to the Shore Bike Tour?
The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour is a 65 mile charity bike ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. We also offer a second starting point from Berlin, NJ which is a 50 mile ride to Atlantic City.

What is the date of The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour?
Sunday, July 26, 2020

What time does The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour start?
The classic 65 mile route from Philadelphia starts at 7am. The lite 50 mile route from Berlin will start at approximately 8am but is at the discretion of the Route Safety Director depending on weather and road conditions as well as rider speed.

Where do the funds from The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour go?
The funds from The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour benefit the Families Behind the Badge Children's Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of fallen first responders and children's charities in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Click here to view a complete list of the 2019 Families Behind the Badge Children's Foundation's beneficiaries. 

About Registration

How do I register?
Register Here

Is there a minimum donation required?
All riders must raise a minimum of $200 + your registration fee in order to be able to pick up your bib

Registration Fee Schedule
$30: March 4th - April 15th
$50: April 16th - May 31st
$75: June 1st - Capacity
(Registration closes once we reach capacity of 3,000 riders)

What happens if I register and do not reach the fundraising minimum?
In order to participate in the ride, each cyclist must raise a minimum of $200 + your registration fee. If you do not reach the $200 minimum you will not be able to pick up your bib and will not be able to ride.

I'm interested in starting my own team?
When you register you will have the ability to start a team and serve as the team captain or join an existing team. There are no requirements for the number of team members, we have teams as small as 2 people and as large as 200 people.

I registered as an individual and would like to be part of a team, how do I become part of a team?
You can do so by logging on to your DonorDrive account and click on "Change Team Membership" on the right hand side of the screen.

When do I pick up my rider bib and t-shirt?
Your rider bib and t-shirt can be picked up at the Irish Pub at 2007 Walnut Street in Philadelphia at the following dates and times: Thursday, July 23 11am-7pm, Friday, July 24 11am-7pm and Saturday, July 25 10am-2pm. We do not mail out bibs but you can have someone pick it up for you.

How will I receive important information about the ride such as route changes, safety tips, and need-to-know information?
Important information will be emailed to the email address you used to register as well as posted on social media.

About my DonorDrive Account

I forgot my username and password.
Your username is the email address that you used to register. If you forget your password, you can click on the "Forgot Password" button on the login screen. Be aware that it might take up to 15 minutes to receive a new password email notification. Remember that your password is case sensitive. If you still have trouble, email [email protected] or call 215-568-5603.

How do I unsubscribe from future e-mails?
At the bottom of the email message click "subscription center” and follow the instructions to unsubscribe.

What is the DonorDrive fundraising portal?
The DonorDrive fundraising portal is an online tool for you to use when asking friends and family to join your team or sponsor you. When you sign up for The Ben to The Shore Bike Tour you will have a personal page automatically created for you. You can also link this page to your Facebook and Twitter to get the word out.

How can I see who has donated to me?
A list of people who have donated to your ride will be on your personal fundraising page. 

How can I see who is on my team?
If you click on your team page you can see all of the participants that are on your team.  

About Donations

How do I turn in donations?
You can donate online using your credit card, or if you would like to donate by cash, check, money order or cashier's check, you can mail donations via USPS, UPS or FedEx to the Families Behind the Badge Children's Foundation, 2007 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Make sure it include a note with the donations or write your name on the memo line so we know who the donation goes to.

What if my donors want a receipt?
Each donor receives a receipt automatically after donating online. If they sent in a check, they will receive a receipt by mail. Please give up to 4 weeks for mailed receipts. If your donor did not receive a receipt, they can email [email protected] or call 215-568-5603.

How do I split gifts between multiple riders?
Only cash and check donations can be split between riders. If you wish to split your donation, make sure to include a note with the rider names and the amount that each rider should receive.

Can my matching gifts be used for next year’s bike ride?
No, matching gifts will only be applied to the same year the original donation was made. Matching contributions will only be counted towards your fundraising minimum if received before the time your pick up your bib. Matching gifts must be received by Monday, August 14th to count towards incentive prizes.

I mailed in my donation but it is not listed on my fundraising page.
Give all donations at least 1 week to show up on your page.  If you still don’t see the donation, please email [email protected]

What can I do to make sure my donations are credited to my account?
Make sure when your friends and family donate online that they donate directly to your page.  If they are mailing in checks please make sure they put your name in the memo or include a note that includes your name. Checks that are received with no specified cyclist noted will be marked as general donations.

What happens to the donations if I can no longer participate in the event?
All registration fees and donations are non-refundable. We can apply them as donations to another rider, a team, or to the event. 

What is your Tax ID number?
20-8156916.

Are donations tax deductible?
The Families Behind the Badge Children's Foundation (FBBCF) is a registered non-profit organization exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided to the extent of the law.

Are registration fees tax deductible?
Yes, all donations made to the Families Behind the Badge Children’s Foundation are tax deductible.  

Incentive Prizes
To reward those who go above and beyond in their fundraising efforts, we offer several incentive prizes. To view a list of this year's prizes, click hereAll fundraising money, including matching gifts, must be received before August 14th to qualify for incentive prizes. 

Riding in the The Ben to the Shore Bike Tour

Where is the start location?
The classic 65 mile ride starts at 6th and Race Streets in Philadelphia and the lite 50 mile ride starts at the Berlin Shopping Center at 328 S. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009.

Where should I park?
In Philadelphia, there is metered street parking or there are plenty of lots where you can pay for parking. Most, but not all, street parking is free on Sunday. Please read all signs where you park, as some streets are not free and have time limits. Click here for a list of parking garages in Philadelphia. In Berlin, NJ parking is free and ample at the Berlin Shopping Center.

Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, you have to wear a helmet. It is the law. When you register for the event you are asked to accept a waiver that states that you will wear a helmet for the duration of the ride.

Can I ride a mountain bike?
While we do have cyclists that ride mountain bikes, but we suggest you get road tires.

Will sunscreen be provided?
No, please apply your own sunscreen liberally.

What is the exact route for the event? Is the route the same as last year?
Click here to view turn by turn directions of the 2019 classic 65 mile route. Click here for turn by turn directions of the 2019 lite 50 mile route. These directions will also be emailed to you in the weeks leading up to the ride. Any minor changes due to local construction will be emailed to all riders as they are identified.

Are there rest stops along the route?
Yes, there will be 4 rest stops along the route.

Are there support vehicles along the route and police at busy intersections?
Yes, there will be bike assistance along the entire route. There will also be bike support at all rest stops. Police will be helping at specific intersections along the route.  All police departments have been notified and are aware of our presence in their town.

What if I can’t finish riding?
If you are unable to finish the ride there will be support vehicles patrolling the route that will pick you up and drive you and your bike to Atlantic City.

Are the roads closed to cyclists only?
No, the route is along open roads. Please ride carefully. We do close the Ben Franklin Bridge, but the rest of the route is open to traffic. Please obey traffic laws.

Should I bring my own water?
Yes. There will be water available at the rest stops, but please come prepared with your own water.

How long does the ride usually take to complete?
Every rider is different; we cannot tell you how long it will take you specifically.  Most riders finish in 4-5 hours, however we give you until 1:30pm to cross the finish line. If you are not finished the ride by 1:30 pm support vehicles will take you to the finish line.

What if it rains?
The bike tour is a rain or shine event.

Am I allowed to ride a tandem bicycle?
Yes, you are allowed to ride a tandem. The only requirement is that each ride must register individually. There is no discount for riding a tandem. 

After the Ride

How do I get back to my starting point?
We provide buses back to both starting points. Buses begin loading at 2:30pm and will leave once full, then we will start loading the next bus. You must select this option when you first register.

Do cyclists have to pay for food at the after party?
No, food and beverages are free for cyclists and volunteers. Friends and family can enter the after party with a $20 donation.

My spouse/co-worker/family member doesn’t ride, but wants to help support the event. What can they do?
We need volunteers! Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer. We also offer a Virtual Rider option which allows individuals to fundraise without the obligation of participating in the ride.