With sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s this morning, all 40 of the people who biked to Milwaukee City Hall with Mayor Tom Barrett agreed that moving Wisconsin Bike Week from May to June was a brilliant idea. And what could be more Milwaukee than riding Bublr Bikes? The Bublr Bikes team brought a handful of their sturdy blue bicycles to the Mayor’s Washington Heights neighborhood for the 5 mile ride downtown.
Mayor Barrett, City Engineer Jeff Polenske and the others were able to take advantage of the mostly downhill trip and arrived at Market Street looking fresh and cool for the television cameras. As soon as everyone grabbed a cup of Colectivo’s freshly brewed Fyxation Roast, the press conference began with Mayor Barrett and Alderman Nik Kovac sharing some good news that Milwaukee is adding more bike lanes this year (we have 85 miles now), extending the Beerline Trail to Capital Drive and expanding the Bublr Bike Share system from 11 stations to at least 35.
While it is great that so many more people are biking to work, Bublr bikes will offer more choices for those who like to ride, but can’t make the trip to work. Bike Share systems allow those who drive to work to run errands to far to walk by bike rather than move a car and try to find parking. Bublr also allow visitors to get around on bikes.
I have two folding bikes that I used to bring with me when I traveled to other cities, but now I leave them at home and use bike share. Just this last year I used bike share in Chicago, Madison, San Diego, and Washington D.C. Before the success of Divvy, B-cycle, and other bike share systems, I would have had to bring my folding bike along on all those trips.
Most of the new Bublr stations this year will be in the downtown area, because the stations need to be close for the system to work. In the near future Bublr will expand to a number of inner ring suburbs like Shorewood and Wauwatosa.
Across the United States and around the world, bike sharing continues to thrive and there are now about 2,500 bike share stations around the country.
|Rank||City||2013 Stations||2014 Stations|
|9||San Francisco (regional)||67||70|
|26||Ft Lauderdale (regional)||25||21|
|27(t)||Salt Lake City||12||20|
|30||Long Beach, NY||13||14|
|31||Washington State Univ (Pullman, WA)||9||11|
|38||Univ of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)||4||5|
|39(t)||Univ of Califonia Irvine (Irvine, CA)||4||4|
|41(t)||Stony Brook Univ (Stony Brook, NY)||3||3|
|44(t)||Roseburg VA Hospital (Roseburg, OR)||2||2|
|Fullerton, CA (closed)||10||0|
|Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga) (closed)||9||0|
|George Mason Univ (Fairfax, VA) (closed)||7||0|