Landscape Patterns and Ecosystem Processes

2008 US-IALE Symposium

Madison, Wisconsin | April 6-10, 2008

Inside Capitol Dome - © Michael Morse

Transportation Options

Madison is served by a number of major airlines, including Northwest, United, American, Delta and Midwest. From the airport, either a hotel shuttle or a taxi will be the most efficient way to get to your accommodations.

Car Rental:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a selection of flex fuel and hybrid vehicles (Phone: (608) 661-4900; (800) 325-8007). Other companies also available from the Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

The Madison Metro Transit System web site provides routes, schedules and maps as well as a trip planner. The buses work well for getting around the city. $1.50 per ride or $3.40 for day pass.

Madison was voted #1 city for bicycling in its size class by Bicycling magazine in 2006. The city of Madison web site provides information on biking in Madison, including printable maps.

There are a number of businesses that provide bike rentals:

  • Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St., 442-5974. 1/4 mile east of Monona Terrace. Bicycles: $20/day, Inline Skates: $10/day
  • Yellow Jersey Bicycles, 419 State St., 257-4737. Bicycles: $18/day
  • Williamson Bicycle Works, 640 West Washington Ave., 255-5292. Bicycles: $15/day
  • Budget Bicycle Center, 930 Regent St., 251-1663. Bicycles: Free with $75 deposit (Yellow Bikes Project).

The Blue Bikes program in Madison provides 20 new Trek bicycles for visitors to the Capital Springs Recreation Area including the Capital City Trail, Lake Farm County Park, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. With a $5 donation, a visitor may use one of the bikes for 24 hours. Visit their website for more information.

Walk or Run:

  • To Olin Park: Follow bike path along Lake Monona from the Monona Terrace, keeping the lake on your left. About 2 miles round-trip.
  • Around Lake Monona: Follow bike path signs, some path but much on city streets. About 20K.
  • To Picnic Point: Go down State St., turn right at Lake St. until you reach Lake Mendota, turn left and follow the lakeshore path past the Union to Picnic Point. About 10K round-trip. Very scenic path.

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