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"Ride the Drive" rolls to Madison's west side Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time, Madison's 'Ride the Drive' moves to the city's west side.

The city's parks department hosts the annual event that usually takes place downtown. Bikers are able to ride on normally heavy-trafficked streets without sharing the road with cars.

Ride the Drive Westside is the first opportunity the public has had to ride on the west half of town since the event began five years ago. Cyclists rode on Regent Street and South Hill Drive.

City officials say they've been working hard to improve safety for bicyclists for many years.

"There's been an effort within the city for many, many years to improve conditions for bicycling and make it easier to get around by bike," says John Rider, with Madison Traffic Engineering Department. "It's a great way for exercise, it keeps cars off the street."

Ride the Drive was held earlier this summer downtown on John Nolen Drive. 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison and Madison Parks host the Ride the Drive event on Sunday.

This will be the 5th year of the event. Ride the Drive on the Westside of Madison will be on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ride the Drive is a community event that turns Madison's signature streets into a public promenade that is open to bikers, walkers, rollerbladers, and those out to share in the experience and fun atmosphere.

These popular events bring 20,000 people out to ride, walk and skate on the route, enjoy live music, food, and participate in various activities, and fun stopping points along the way.

A few roads will be closed on Sunday because of the event. It will close parts of Segoe, South Hill, Rosa and Regent Streets.

Watch Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend for more information about this event.

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