Pedal the Parks gives bike enthusiasts and Madison families a reason to get outside and enjoy Madison’s beautiful parks! Madison Parks has designed four bike routes that spread across the city and vary in degree of difficulty. Bikers choose a route, grab a camera, and hop on their bikes to start the photo scavenger hunt! Follow a route and take a picture with the landmark or object mentioned in the scavenger hunt clues. It’s an outdoor adventure for the whole family! Everyone from beginning to advanced bikers can enjoy the Pedal the Parks Scavenger Hunt year-round!
The Pedal the Parks Scavenger Hunt will take place on bike paths and in parks all over the city. Choose your route from the options below.
- Westside Advanced Route (link to PDF)
- Central Family Route (link to PDF)
- Eastside Advanced Route (link to PDF)
- Eastside Family Route (link to PDF)
- Northside Advanced Route (link to PDF)
- Children should always wear a helmet. A helmet will not prevent crashes from happening but can provide protection if you do fall off your bike.
- Children should warn others before passing them by saying “Excuse me”or “Passing on the left.”
- Children often fail to stop first and look for traffic. They do not understand that traffic on the street has the right of way over those entering the street. Teach them to always stop before entering the street, and to look left, right and left again for traffic. Children have limited peripheral vision, so emphasize that they have to turn their heads when looking for traffic.
- Wrong way riding is a major contributing cause of bicycle crashes for children. Teach them to ride on the right side of the street, in the same direction as other traffic.
- Children should ride about 3 feet from the edge of the road or from the edge of parked cars.
- Children need a lot of training and practice to learn how to ride safely. The best way to teach your children safe bicycling skills is to ride with them. When appropriate, let them lead, so they get used to making decisions on their own. Remember, children learn by watching others, so be sure that you always bike responsibly and wear a helmet.
- Teach your children not to swerve. Children often make left turns, or swerve left around parked cars or other hazards, without looking behind them first to see if there are cars close behind them. Teach your children to do this by having them ride a straight line and look over their left shoulder when you call out their name.
- When they look back, they should shout out how many fingers you are holding up.
Bike Path Etiquette
- There are over 40 miles of bicycle paths in Madison. These paths are used by a variety of users; including bicycle commuters, recreational bicyclists, families, pedestrians and skaters. By following a few basic rules, these paths can be shared safely by all users.
- All users should keep to the right side of the path, except to pass.
- When traveling side-by-side, stay on the right half of the path.
- Faster users should yield to slower users.
- Always travel at a safe speed, with due regard for others. Faster users may want to consider alternate routes to ensure the safety of all users.
- Pass others on the left by slowing down, giving an audible warning such as calling out, “Excuse me, passing left”, and waiting for a reaction before passing.
- Move off the pathway when stopping.
- Be careful when crossing streets and driveways. Watch for traffic and make sure other drivers are aware of the path and your presence.
For more information on biking in Madison, visit the Bike Madison website.