Madison is known as a Bike Friendly Community, here is your chance to get out and join the crowd! CNU is proud to offer several unique opportunities to explore Madison by bike including guided tours, morning wake up rides, and Madison’s Ride the Drive event. Conference attendees can rent a bike at a special CNU rate from Machinery Row Bicycle Works, next door to the conference, and join in the fun.

There are three distinct opportunities for rides:

Bike Tours

Register now to be part of:

Fitness Rides

Bring your gear and sense of adventure to start your day at the Congress with an invigorating guided ride. Each morning a group will depart the convention on a guided tour of local destinations, offering opportunities for discussion along the way of local bicycling efforts and points of interest. The fitness rides will cover around 10-15 miles max, and are a more leisurely tour than hardcore ride. Spandex is not necessary. The Trek 7200 rental from Machinery Row should be sufficient for all rides.

All rides depart the Monona Terrace Convention center at the Bike Elevator.

  • Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Friday, June 3, 2011 | 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Saturday, June 4, 2011 | 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

If you plan on attending any of the fitness rides, please RSVP here:

Ride the Drive

Sunday, June 5, 2011 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join thousands of Madisonians in a celebration of Madison’s commitment to healthy, active lifestyles. This community event is an invitation for all citizens to leave their cars behind to experience some of Madison’s most scenic byways a whole new way - by riding, walking, skating, or strolling along some of Madison’s most beautiful streets.

We will depart the Monona Terrace Convention center at the Bike Elevator.

For more information, go here.


Bike Rentals

Bikes are available for discounted rentals from Machinery Row Bicycle Works as a daily or week long rental. Conference attendees will be responsible for securing their rental prior to the tours or rides. Helmets and locks are provided with the bikes. Riders joining Sunday’s Ride the Drive are encouraged to rent their bike Tuesday or Wednesday at the discounted weekly rate.

Additional information is available at:

Bike Storage

Bike Storage facilities, donated by Saris Cycles, will be available at the Convention center, located near the rallying point (the bike elevator on level 4 Parking Structure of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center) for each ride.