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Madison Bikes is a 501 c3 non-profit organization, comprised of volunteers, with the mission to create a community where anyone can ride a bicycle conveniently and comfortably to any place year-round. 

Madison Bikes engages with community partners to advocate for bike-friendly city planning and transit options. We sponsor community events to promote biking as a fun and healthy mode of transport and recreation in all weather. We offer grants and support to organizations and individuals who share our goal in making Madison a city for bikes.

Madison has been awarded the status of “Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. But we at Madison Bikes think there is still a lot of work to do. Intersections and busy roads that leave people on bikes feeling exposed can make trips to work, shopping, school, or social events difficult or intimidating for many people who would like to have an alternative to driving. A major focus for us is closing the gaps in Madison’s existing bicycle network, ensuring equitable access to high-quality bike infrastructure in all parts of the city.

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Event poster for "Know your rights: biking and the law." Monday, Feb 25, 6pm, Madison Public Library, Room 104. 201 W Mifflin St
Spring in February

I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the (weirdly) warm weather recently. Although the riding has been very pleasant, it’s a bit unnerving that we have weather this warm in February.The week ahead is somewhat slow, but we have a great community meeting coming up Monday…

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Event poster for "Know your rights: biking and the law." Monday, Feb 25, 6pm, Madison Public Library, Room 104. 201 W Mifflin St
Bike records, a fat bike race, and “Biking and the Law”

It’s been unseasonably warm. And that shows when you pay attention to the bike counters. When riding past the two counters, on the Southwest Path and the Cap City Trail, I had noticed that counts seemed high. And so I looked at the weekly count data for the week starting…

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A group of happy people in winter clothing under a Madison Bikes-branded pop-up tent on the Cap City Trail. There are donuts and coffee and snacks on the table.
Queer Valentine’s ride; Freewheel volunteer meeting; Madison Bike Week

Madison Bikes, 2024 Beth Skogen Photography – www.bethskogen.com Last Friday, we celebrated International Winter Bike Day. Part of the Madison Bikes mission is to advocate for biking as a year-round activity and means of transportation. And over the years, we’ve had all kinds of weather on that day — polar…

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Our Mission

Madison Bikes is a local non-profit advocacy group who envisions a city where anyone can ride a bicycle conveniently and comfortably year round.