Bikers gather for Madtown Unity Bike Ride.

Bikers gather for Madtown Unity Bike Ride.

Madison residents are taking advantage of the warmer weather by cycling around the city.

As part of the Madtown Unity Bike Ride, more than 40 people biked a 10-mile course around the South Side of Madison Friday evening.

The ride kicked off at the Village Mall on South Park Street. The group made multiple stops in the South Madison neighborhood, at organizations like the Badger Rock School and Neighborhood Center, Centro Hispano and the Urban League.

Several organizations provided bikes for participants to use, and offered bike repair. Participants also shared a meal at the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center.

Organizers hope rides like this will bring community members together and increase access to biking.

“The goal is to inspire black, brown and indigenous people to really look at the activity of cycling as a vehicle to transform our neighborhoods,” Olantunji Oboi Reed said. Reed is one of the event organizers and the CEO of Equiticity, an advocacy organization.

The bike ride was a collaboration among many neighborhood organizations. Organizers say they will continue to hold the rides this spring and summer.

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