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playAround Town Put your own spin on the town with Madison B-Cycle The Price is Right To rent a bike, start with a B-Cycle membership—either $5 for one day or $65 a year. With a membership you can then enjoy free, unlimited 30-minute rides. UW-Madi- son students, staff and faculty, as well as those 55 and older, are eligible for a discount. Purchase memberships at or any B-Cycle station. downtown in a whole new way. Designed to be rented for 30 minutes at a Cycle program—which offers short-term bike rentals from 35 stations in central Madison— these red-hued rides (complete with handlebar baskets for purses or shopping fi nds!) make it a snap to explore It's hard to miss the slick sil- ver bike stations that now dot the downtown landscape. A product of the Madison B- time, the 350 bikes in the program are ideal for rolling along on a short journey. If your destination lies farther, plan to stop at any station to renew your rental (simply keep- ing the bike longer is an option, but will incur extra fees). When downtown is your locale of choice, Madison by Bike cruise down State Street to the calm corners of the UW-Madison campus. Th e farthest west station of B-Cycle lies near University Hospital, which makes it easy to design a trip from one end of campus to the other. As the throngs of students dissipate come mid-May, ride past historical buildings, sail along the Lakeshore Path and then ul- timately land at a B-Cycle station near the Memorial Union to take advantage of Bab- cock Dairy's fi nest ice cream. To ditch the crowds and head into some green space, turn your bike south. Stations on the south end of downtown (on South Mills near St. Mary's Hospital) let you pick up a bike for a tour through Vilas Park or a relaxing jaunt into the scenic world of the UW-Madison Arboretum and back. If downtown isn't your speed, spend some time on the east side. Stations on Williamson Street and all the way east at Olbrich Botanical Gardens make it conve- nient to hop onto the bike path just off At- wood Avenue and stop at a neighborhood eatery, local boutique and more. Whether you're pedaling out for fresh air or to enjoy a quick adventure downtown, this innovative bike program lets you chart your own path.—Kelsey Sorenson May 2012 65 Photo by Shanna Wolf

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