Frequently Asked Questions

What roads will be closed and when?

The following roads will be closed from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm:

  • Proudfit Street / N. Shore Drive beginning at W. Brittingham Place, continuing to John Nolen Drive
  • John Nolen Drive from Olin Avenue to E. Wilson and Williamson streets

What if I live along the route?

Roads on the route will be closed on Sunday, June 3 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm to motor vehicle traffic. Please do not park on the route streets from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact a volunteer or Police Officer for directions around the route.

How do I get to downtown Madison?

The minimal road closures for Ride the Drive allow for continued easy access to downtown. There are several main road options leading to State St. and downtown Madison. Open main roads include: East and West Washington Ave., Park St. and University Blvd. All downtown businesses will keep their regular Sunday hours. Visit Downtown Madison for more information.

How can I volunteer as an individual or group?

Please visit our volunteers page.

May I donate to this event or become a sponsor?

Yes! Ride the Drive graciously accepts online monetary donations and sponsorships through our Madison Parks Foundation. Please add Ride the Drive 2018 as the "In honor of" recipient.

Is the event rain or shine?

Yes! There is no rain date for Ride the Drive. We will make our best attempt to host the event rain or shine; however if there is a threat for inclement or severe weather, safety is our primary concern and we may cancel, delay starting, or end the event early. We will update our Parks website, Facebook, and Twitter pages if the event hours or status changes.

Is there water available at the event?

Yes, water is available at the information stations located at each park. We encourage everyone to bring a water bottle.

What’s the best way to experience Ride the Drive?

Ride the Drive has three “hub” locations at Brittingham Park, Olin Park and Law Park. Each park offers food, entertainment, restrooms, water, information, and more. You can begin your Ride the Drive journey at any of these parks or anywhere along the 4-mile route.

What is the cost to attend?

No matter how you experience Ride the Drive – by foot, by pedal or by wheel - there is no cost to attend Ride the Drive. Some vendors offer food or other items for purchase with cash and at some locations, with a credit card. Businesses and organizations may participate in Ride the Drive as a vendor. See Vendors for more information.

Is Ride the Drive an accessible event?

Absolutely! The four-mile route is completely accessible. Disabled parking is available at Law Park (see map). Be sure to stop by Madison SCI / Creative Mobility at Law Park and try out the hand bike!

Do I need to bring cash or will vendors take credit card?

Cash is accepted at all vendors, however there may be a few that accept credits cards.

May I bring my dog?

Per MGO 23.315 animals, including dogs, are not allowed anywhere within the perimeter of the event, with exceptions for service animals.