Ride the Drive | Presented by Madison Parks

Given the current and sustained staffing needs, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Ride the Drive for 2022. This is not an easy choice for Parks, but the event takes significant staff resources to plan, promote, and execute successfully. READ MORE

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A free event, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle 

Ride the Drive began in 2009 as a free, community event celebrating Madison’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. The tradition has continued each year since with the exception of the pandemic pause in 2020. Select city streets are closed to motor vehicles, allowing event participants to stroll, roll, pedal or glide along the designated route. One or more parks along the route serve as a hub for family-friendly activities. Participants can begin their RTD journey anywhere along the designated route. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions such as road closures and the best way to experience Ride the Drive. 


Do you live on or near a route or in the neighborhood? Volunteer for a shift, and you'll receive a Ride the Drive t-shirt and still have time to enjoy the event! We have 500 volunteer shifts to fill throughout the four events. Positions include setup, cleanup, info booth, bike ambassadors and intersection guides. 

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2021 Locations 

  Kennedy Park

  Marlborough Park

  Warner Park

  Wingra Park

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Thank you 2021 Ride the Drive partners!

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