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Adaptive Bike Pilot

Photo of people riding adaptive cycles and waving at each other

The City of Milwaukee Adaptive Bike Pilot has launched!

Click here to visit the Bublr Bikes website and learn how to check out an adaptive cycle.

Check out the video below for a brief introduction on how the adaptive cycles work with the Bublr bike share docks.

 

If you have feedback for the Pilot program, please fill out the online form here.

If you're interested in other adaptive programs or buying your own adaptive cycle, please use the links under "Other Resources" at the bottom of the page.


Program Overview

All Milwaukee residents and visitors should have access to safe, healthy, and enjoyable forms of transportation. In August 2019, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) launched a pilot program to improve access to bicycling and bike share for people of all abilities.

Photo of three people riding adaptive cycles and waving at each other on a sunny day on Milwaukee's Lakefront

DPW is partnering with Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s non-profit bike share operator, to add 17 adaptive cycles to the City's bike share system. The pilot program includes a mix of upright tricycles, hand tricycles, and two-person side-by-side tricycles. Each adaptive cycle is compatible with Bublr bike share stations found across the City. Users are able to find an available adaptive cycle and check it out just like one of the two-wheeled Bublr bicycles.

Photo of three types of adaptive cycles including upright tricycle, handcycle, and side-by-side tricycle

DPW is committed to a sustainable, long-term solution for expanding access to bike share for people of all abilities. With this in mind, we're working with community partners and residents to develop the pilot program with the experience for riders in mind. DPW and its partners will evaluate Phase 1 of the pilot and plan a second phase based on community feedback and performance.

Goals

  • Improve access to bike share by providing a variety of cycles for a wider range of abilities
  • Evaluate challenges to bicycling and bike share for persons with disabilities
  • Work toward a long-term, sustainable solution for including adaptive cycles in the bike share system

Pilot Timeline

  • August 2019: Pilot launch
  • Summer/Fall 2019: Check out an adaptive cycle and tell us what you think!
  • December 2019: Pilot Phase 1 ends
  • Winter 2019-2020: Evaluate Phase 1; Plan Phase 2

DPW will engage with residents and users during the pilot program. We'll also work closely with Bublr and community partners to make adjustments to the program based on public feedback and research from other cities. Check this website for updates, events, or sign up for the City's bike and pedestrian e-notify service to receive emails about this and other bike and pedestrian projects.

Contact bikewalk@milwaukee.gov with questions about this program.


Other Resources

Click on the title for a link to each website.

The Ability Center

Provides multiple opportunities and programs for people of all abilities to engage in physical activity and recreation in the community.

Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association

Offers a wide range of adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities throughout Wisconsin.

Emerys Cycling Triathalon Fitness

Local Milwaukee bicycle shop offering a wide selection of adaptive cycles with knowledgeable staff ready to customize cycles to specific abilities.

Adaptive Bike Share Network

Join the national conversation on improving access to bike share for people of all abilities.

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Contact Infrastructure Services

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

414-286-CITY (2489)