This morning I had the opportunity to attend the press event for Madison's Ride the Drive. Ride the Drive is scheduled for Sunday August 30, 2009. It is modeled after similar successful rides in other cities including Bogota Columbia and Chicago. We got to take a ride down John Nolen to the Capitol with a police motorcade blocking intersections and keeping cars behind us. It was great.
On the 30th, several Madison roads will be closed to traffic including John Nolen, East Wash, and the Capitol Square between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The purpose is to give residents of the city a chance to use the roads for healthy purposes. According to Mayor Cieslewicz, over $20,000 will be raised privately to avoid any tax money expenditures.
Several people and organizations have come together to make this event possible including the Mayor, John Burke of Trek, and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.
I can't wait for August!