50,000 Reclaim the Streets in Madison


| 9/7/2010 4:59:49 AM


Tags: Ride the Drive, ciclovia, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Lance Armstrong, Carolyn Szczepanski,

RideTheDriveThe first time was impressive. The second time was gigantic.

The third time? Off the charts.

In June 2009, the City of Madison hosted the inaugural Ride the Drive. Closing off major roads for car-free fun, the open streets extravaganza drew 10,000 participants. A year later, in June 2010, the second event turned out nearly 25,000 bicyclists and pedestrians.

So what happens when you add Lance Armstrong to the mix? An eye-popping crowd of more than 50,000 riders.

“Every time we hold it, it doubles or triples,” says Amanda White, the Ride the Drive coordinator for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.

The idea behind Ride the Drive originated, not in Wisconsin or even the United States, but in South America. In Colombia they call the concept a ciclovia. Directly translated from Spanish, the term simply means “bike path.” But the expression has grown to mean something much larger.


vern russell
9/21/2010 9:42:43 AM

i come from grand haven michigan,and "all unvehicled ,people have the right of way! not just ONE DAY OUT OF 364!!! VEHICLES TAK A "BACKSEAT" TOO PEDESTRIANS,AND ALL FORMS OF 'PEOPLEPOWERED CONVEYANCE! IT SHOULD BE THAT WAY ALL ACCROSS AMERICA! MOST TOWNS IN MICHIGAN HAVE A 'HUMANS ON FOOT LAW WHERE A PEDESTRIAN "ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY! DON'T YOU? VERBON RUSSELL NATIVE AMERICAN AUU-NISHNOBE?ODAAWAA/POTAWATAMEE




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