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Bublr Bikes

Bublr Bike Share bikes
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Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee's nonprofit bike share system, launched in the summer of 2014 with ten stations in and around downtown Milwaukee. There are now 56 stations located in the City of Milwaukee, with additional stations in the surrounding communities of Shorewood, Wauwatosa, and West Allis. Bikes can be checked out and returned to any station in the system, allowing people to efficiently travel to destinations throughout the Milwaukee area.

The City of Milwaukee supports Bublr Bikes by securing federal grants and providing a local match to purchase and install bike share stations and bikes. The system’s operations and membership are run by the nonprofit, Bublr Bikes.

For more information on membership, pricing, and station locations, visit the Bublr Bikes website.
 

Bike Share Expansion

The City of Milwaukee is expanding Bublr Bikes by 26 stations and approximately 250 bikes. The first public meetings will be held in spring 2019. Final station selection and design will take place through spring 2020, with new stations estimated to be installed late summer 2020. Click here to go to the Bike Share Expansion project website. Check this website for updates, including public meeting information, or sign up for the City of Milwaukee's Bike and Pedestrian e-notify service to receive emails about this and other bike and pedestrian projects.

Public open houses for the Bike Share Expansion project will be held May 22, 2019, and June 4, 2019. Check the Bike Share Expansion project website for more details

To learn more about bike share station installation outside of the City's expansion project, contact Bublr Bikes.
 

What makes an ideal station location?


A successful bike share system depends on strategic station placement. Below are some of the factors the City and Bublr Bikes take into consideration when determining where to place new stations:

Station Density
Stations should be no more than 1/4 mile from another station to ensure they are a short walk from where you are and where you want to go.
 

Footprint
The City needs space within the public right of way to install the stations. Bublr Bikes stations need approximately 5 ft. in width and can vary in length. Stations will be on the street, sidewalk, or other city-owned property, such as a City park.

Access to Transit
Bike share can provide links to public transit, assisting with connectivity and solving the first-mile/last-mile problem. 

Access to Power Source
Some Bublr Bikes stations use solar energy to maintain internal batteries. Locations should receive ample sunlight for uninterrupted service.

Clear of Utilities
Stations cannot obstruct public utility lines or equipment, such as fire hydrants or manhole covers. They also cannot block access to bus stops.

Accessibility
Stations must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to allow persons of any ability to use the sidewalk.

Visibility
Stations should be easy to find and convenient for users.

Open to the Public
Stations must be publicly accessible for community use.

 

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Contact Infrastructure Services

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 
841 North Broadway, Room 701 
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-CITY (2489)