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UPDATE: In compliance with the Governor’s Emergency Order #28, Ride the Drive 2020 is canceled. We are continually looking at alternate ways to safely encourage visiting parks and trails throughout Madison. We will also evaluate opportunities to promote recreational biking across Madison.

The tradition continues! Madison Parks is pleased to announce Ride the Drive is back for its 12th year! Stroll, roll, pedal or glide to three downtown area parks on Sunday, May 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!

In 2017, Madison Parks improved the route to reduce road closures and to feature three downtown area parks and this year is no exception. Participants can Ride the Drive by foot, by pedal or by wheel stopping along the four-mile route for family-friendly activities, food and entertainment at Brittingham Park, Olin Park and Law Park.  

Riders will experience the scenic views of John Nolen Drive in blissful quiet along Lake Monona. The RTD route is closed to motor vehicles from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on the day of the event. John Nolen Drive, from Olin Ave. to Blair St. is the only main road closed for the event, allowing for continued easy access to and through downtown Madison.

For those new to Madison, Ride the Drive is a free, community event celebrating Madison’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Volunteers are essential to the success of Ride the Drive with more than 80 positions available for 2-4 hours shifts. Online registration is now open. Local companies and organizations interested in promoting their business may contact or visit for more information.