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Madison bicycling and tourism boosters cross fingers for Chicago 2016 Olympics bid

When the International Olympic Committee convenes in Copenhagen next Friday to announce its selection of the host city for the 2016 summer games, anyone walking in the proximity of Madison's Concourse Hotel is going to hear either quite an outburst of cheering or a cascade of groans. >More
 'On your left!' Madison bike path warning gets the haiku treatment

Many pedestrians, in-line skaters and even other cyclists may be confused about how to react when they hear "Left!" and that it is not unreasonable for them, startled upon hearing this barked by a cyclist about to whiz by at 20 mph, to misinterpret it as a command to move to their left -- into the cyclist's desired path. >More
 Get on your bikes and ride Mondays Around Monona!

The Mondays Around Monona bike ride is a low-key circumnavigation of the Lake Monona bike path by a bunch of bikers in no particular hurry to complete the loop. Starting from the path's crossing at Fair Oaks Avenue, the rides began as one woman's need to spend more time on two wheels. >More
 A guide for enjoying the inaugural Ride the Drive Madison

Billed as a car-free and care-free celebration of Madison's bike-friendly reputation, Ride the Drive promises to afford the rare opportunity to enjoy a perspective of the city usually reserved for people in motor vehicles, traveling at 25 miles per hour or more. >More
 Ride the Drive Madison wants you... to volunteer!

With only a few days to go until Ride the Drive, organizers continue to solicit volunteers for the inaugural event. Scheduled for this Sunday, the celebration will close about six miles of downtown streets to motor vehicles -- opening the route to bicyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters and other non-motorized participants. >More
 Pontoon Porch makes for a party atop Lake Monona

Summer may be winding down, but the season is still young for enjoying a Pontoon Porch atop the waters of Lake Monona. This small but growing fleet of party barges, docked at the East Side Club on Monona Drive, offers a comfy way to enjoy some time out on the lake. >More
 Why do you ride the bike you ride? (video)

In explaining why they ride the bikes they ride, people tend to speak in more intimate, complex and affectionate terms -- extolling virtues like utility, comfort, responsiveness, fit, versatility and durability in ways that invoke a sense of enthusiasm and fun. >More
 Outside magazine tabs Devil's Lake as a bargain escape

Devil's Lake is among the destinations featured in Outside magazine's June cover feature, "25 Weekend Escapes (for Under $500)" -- putting the Wisconsin climbing mecca in the company of Class V whitewater rafting in Colorado, kiteboarding North Carolina's Outer Banks, climbing Mount Rainier, and circumnavigating Oregon's Mountain Hood on a hut-to-hut mountain biking tour. >More
 Trek-sponsored Ride the Drive to close Madison streets

"Trek is really excited to be a sponsor of this event," John Burke, president of the Waterloo, Wisconsin-based bicycle giant, said at Thursday's news conference announcing Ride the Drive. What's not to be excited about? Scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, the inaugural event will close down about six miles of downtown roads -- including parts of John Nolen Drive and East Washington Avenue -- to motor vehicle traffic, transforming the route into a public promenade. >More
 The Madison pinball crawl

In the age of massive online multiplayer zombie hunts and motion-controlled bowling on home gaming systems, one old favorite has yet to be duplicated: pinball. It's an exciting game, based on skill, where a small silver ball is bounced across a table by player-controlled flippers on either side. Players earn points for hitting various targets. >More
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