Installation is complete for 10 new Bublr Bikes stations in and around the City of Milwaukee, bringing the number of bike share stations in the Bublr Bikes system to 57.
Nine of the new stations were funded through a federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program grant awarded to the City of Milwaukee in 2013. The tenth station, located at the southeast corner of South 5th Street and West National Avenue, is funded through a new Tax Incremental Financing District (TID 85) created by the Milwaukee Common Council in September 2015 to support the reconstruction of South 5th Street and related improvements in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.
These 10 additional stations will once again extend the Bublr Bikes system to new locations north, south, east and west of the initial Downtown stations in the system:
- S. 5th St. and W. National Ave. (TID)
- N. Astor St. and E. Juneau Ave.
- Bradford Beach
- Burns Commons (N. Prospect Ave. at E. Ogden Ave.)
- W. North Ave. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
- E. North Ave. and N. Lake Dr.
- Riverside Park
- N. Oakland Ave. and E. Bradford Ave.
- N. Oakland Ave. and E. Kenwood Blvd.
- W. Pleasant St. and N. Commerce St.
Bublr Bikes share stations by the numbers:
- June 2013: First station installed at Discovery World
- August 2014: Nine stations installed in the City of Milwaukee
- April-October 2015: 18 stations installed in Milwaukee
- May 2016: 12 stations installed in Milwaukee
- September 2016: Seven stations installed in Wauwatosa (separate funding)
- October 2016: 10 stations installed in Milwaukee
- Total: 57 Bublr Bikes stations
"I am pleased that the Bublr Bikes bike share system continues to grow into our many city neighborhoods," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "I am proud of the work that our Department of Public Works has done to more than double our outreach and am happy that our partnership with Bublr Bikes is flourishing."
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The City of Milwaukee received a $1.6 million federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) grant to install approximately 30 new Bublr Bikes share stations in 2015 and 2016. As of the new October 2016 installations, 30 stations have been funded and installed with the City’s initial CMAQ grant. The other Bublr Bikes stations have been funded through important partnerships with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (five stations), Marquette University (one station), several individual local businesses, developers, TIDs and business districts. Bublr Bikes and the City of Milwaukee continue to actively seek community partners to raise private funds for more stations and to support ongoing system operations.
"People tell me they are seeing Bublr Bikes everywhere," said James Davies, Bublr Bikes acting executive director. "These 10 new stations will help meet the growing demand and connect even more neighborhoods."
The Bublr Bikes system operates year-round – including winter – except when an official City snow emergency is declared.