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What is Ride the Drive?

Ride the Drive was inspired by the Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, where city streets are closed to car traffic to allow people to participate in all kinds of free health and community-oriented events. In celebration of Madison's commitment to bicycling and healthy lifestyles, Madison hosted its first Ride the Drive in 2009. We opened up six miles of city streets and encouraged everyone to come out and bike, walk, skate, or just enjoy the city streets.

How much does it cost?

Ride the Drive is free to all participants. Some will enjoy the route by bicycling, strolling, skating, or just people-watching. Others may participate in activities such as tango, yoga, hula hooping, and other physical activities. Each event is unique and has a unique set of activities. These group events will be placed at spots (or 'Villages') along the route. Information on these activities will be posted on this website as the date draws nearer.

Who can participate? Do I have to sign up? Is it a race?

People of all ages, families, local businesses, and visitors are all invited to join the fun. Everyone is welcome, no sign-ups required. Participants are encouraged to move along the route at their own pace, they also may start or begin wherever they wish, for as long as they wish. We are working with a wide range of organizations in Madison to coordinate activities along the route.

Who will benefit?

Ride the Drive offers free and fun physical activity space to all participants. Local businesses will benefit from increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along commercial corridors. The event will encourage healthy, environmental friendly outdoor activities and increase knowledge about alternative modes of transportation.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved in a variety of ways from volunteering, sponsorships, hosting an activity, or just spreading the word.

Is this a city event?

Yes, Ride the Drive is coordinated by the City of Madison and the City of Madison Parks Division in coordination with other city entities.

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