Madison Bike Week has started! We’re excited to be organizing Madison Bike Week for the first time, and we’re proud to present a roster of over 75 events! A big thank you to our board members, sponsors, volunteers, and partners who have made this happen!
With that many events, I won’t recount all of them here, but there are a number of ways to stay up to date:
- Go to the Madison Bike Week web page for the full calendar and a map
- Subscribe to our YouTube channel for Madison Bike Week TV! Every day at 4pm we release a new episodes in which your hosts Liz and Harald will let you know what’s happening the following day.
- We also have a printer-friendly version of the calendar
That should set you up for a successful Madison Bike Week! I do want to highlight the events that Madison Bikes is organizing or co-hosting during the week. (We won’t be publishing our regular Monday Update this week.)
Madison Bikes at Ride the Drive (Sunday)
We’re excited to be teaming up with Wheels for Winners for a booth at Ride the Drive. Find us at Olin Park between 11 and 3 and get a free bike check. We’ll also be roaming the event, handing out fliers — look out for the tall bike!
City of Madison Ride (Monday)
The City of Madison has been a great partner in organizing Madison Bike Week. On Monday morning, you have the opportunity to ride with your elected officials including our mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway! City staff such as our Director of Transportation Tom Lynch will also be on the ride. There will be two starting locations:
- Tenney Park at the Trek Bike Station (this is where the mayor will start) 2.1 mile route
- Crazylegs Plaza at the HotelRED and Monroe Street Family Dental Bike Station 2.2 mile route
Meet at one of these spots starting at 7:15 am, mingle, enjoy coffee and treats. From there, we will roll out at around 7:45 am and converge at the City-County Building for a press conference at 8:30 am. Facebook event
Movie Screening: Afghan Cycles (Monday)
On Monday evening come to the Memorial Union for a free movie screening, presented by UW Transportation Services, JUST Bikes, the City of Madison and Madison Bikes. Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.
Watch the trailer here!
Fetch the Keg Ride (Thursday)
The Hop Garden is one of our beer sponsors for the Madison Bikes Bike Week Party on Friday! But how are we going to get the keg from Paoli to Brittingham Park?? You guessed right: By bike! Meet me at Crazylegs Plaza for a 6:00pm (sharp) departure. We’ll ride the SW Path and Badger State Trail to the Hop Garden and after a beer break return the same way. Rain or shine. Distance is about 27 miles. No drop. Route is all on off-street paths except for the last section, which is on shoulderless country roads with low to moderate traffic. And no, you don’t have to haul the trailer.
Madison Bikes Bike Week Party (Friday)
Join us at Brittingham Park for a big party! We’ll have food carts, free beer courtesy sponsored by local breweries, the Spoke-N-Words mobile bike library, a skills course, bike checks, and tabling from many local non-profits. And DJ Robin Davies will be spinning eclectic tunes. Free and family friendly. Facebook event
Free rides from Madison BCycle (all week)
Not only is Madison BCycle a sponsor of Madison Bike Week. They’re also offering free 30-minute rides all week! Just enter code 060119 at any of the 45 kiosks around town or in-app check out. Download the app to find a bike and station near you.
Madison Bike Week is made possible by the generous financial support from
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