More than five miles of Madison city streets were closed to motor vehicle traffic for Ride The Drive. State Street, where this photo was taken, is a year-round car-free street between the state capitol and the University of Wisconsin campus.
In both directions, much of John Nolen Drive in Madison, Wis., was closed to motor vehicle traffic and open to cyclists, runners, skateboarders and roller skiers for the duration of Ride The Drive on June 3, 2012.
With the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just two days away, many bicyclists displayed in subtle and not too subtle ways how they intended to vote (or vote absentee, as the owner of this bike likely did). An "I stand with Scott Walker" bumper sticker was seen on at least one bike child carrier.
Two Ride The Drive participants take seats on stationary B-Cycle bikes before seeing how fast they can pedal in 10 seconds. They get instructions and a countdown to start from red shirted Brian Conger, field operations manager for B-Cycle, Madison's bike share program.