The first Zombie Bike Ride was created in 2010 by Marky Pierson of Wonderdog Productions and Evan Haskell & Chris Needham of We-Cycle. They organized the ride to celebrate the bicycle in a unique and intuitive way. They wanted to create a family friendly event that takes place during the week of Fantasy Fes
t. The Zombie Bike Ride has quickly grown from 250 people to over 7,000 zombies, doubling every year. From a couple hundred people in 2010 to nearly 5,000 in 2013; 7,000 zombies in 2014; and over 8000 in 2015. The event is the unofficial kick-off to Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida.
The ride now is sponsored by many local business
, and the Key West Art & Historical Society
with money benefiting local children's charities. The ride starts out at the East Martello Fort & Museum
Participants of the Zombie Bike Ride wear everything from dead-like face and body-paint and gory zombie costumes to surprisingly lively “walking dead” garb.