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Bike Parking

With thousands of bike parking racks throughout the city, Milwaukee aims to make bicycling an easy and preferred way of traveling. Being able to park a bicycle quickly, in a well-lit location, and near your destination is key.

How to Keep Your Bike Safe

  • Always lock your bike when it is unattended, even if you are only leaving it for a minute. Most stolen bikes are not locked up.
  • Lock up even when in a garage, porch or storage shed and lock the shed and garage doors.
  • Always lock your bike to a solid object and double check to make sure your lock is closed.
  • Use a U-Lock, which are stronger and harder to break than cables and chains.
  • Choose to lock up in a visible location. Thieves don't like to operate where they can be seen.
  • Protect your valuable parts and accessories. For bicycles with quick-release wheels, lock both wheels and the frame to a secure structure. Remove easily detached items, such as packs, pumps and lights before leaving a bicycle unattended.


Lock Your Bike to Appropriate Infrastructure

Where to lock your bike:

  • Bike Racks: there are thousands across the city!
  • Bike parking corrals

Where NOT to lock your bike:

  • Parking meters
  • Trees
  • Railings / Fences
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Garbage Cans
  • Traffic Lights
  • Lamp Posts


Lock Your Bike Properly

To ensure your bikes safety it is best to lock not only your bike frame but both tires as well. You can do this by either removing one tire and locking it with your U-Lock (method 2), or by attaching a cable to your U-Lock to act as an extension, securing both tires and the frame (method 1).


Method 1: Locks the front wheel and frame. Use a cable to secure rear wheel.


Method 2: Locks the quick release front wheel alongside the frame and rear wheel.