Ride the Drive to close downtown streets Sunday

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Several of Madison’s downtown streets will be closed Sunday for Ride the Drive, which will include a 5-mile bike route, live entertainment and vendors.

Ride the Drive, presented by Trek and Madison Parks, is a car-free, carefree event that turns some of Madison’s streets into a public promenade, officials said. Roads in the 5-mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison’s signature streets, including John Nolen Drive, State Street and East Washington Avenue.

There will be activities, informational booths, entertainment and food vendors along the route, according to a release. There will be activity villages at the Capitol Square, Brittingham Park, Olin Park north of Lakeside Street and John Nolen Drive just east of Monona Terrace tunnel.

The kickoff is at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Square Stage near East Washington Avenue with Trek, Madison Parks and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

Vehicles will not be allowed on portions of the Capital Square, State Street, Gilman Street, Frances Street, Dayton Street, Bedford Street, North Shore Drive, John Nolen Drive, Blair Street and the outbound lanes of East Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the release. Traffic will be allowed to cross the route at several key intersections under the direction of police.

Several Metro bus routes will also be detoured.