How Stressful Is Your Bike Route? This New Map Will Tell You

This resource could make all the difference for nervous bikers.

Tired of weaving your way through traffic, wondering which right turn might be your last? The Department of Public Works is here to help. This week, they released an early version of the “Welcome to Milwaukee Low-Stress Bike Map.”

The online map organizes bike routes into three stress levels: Low (quiet streets only), Medium (somewhat busy streets are okay), and for the “Share the Road!!” crew, Unrestricted (any street is okay).

Enter a beginning and ending address, and the map will jot out a bike route for you, respecting your desire for quiet streets or an unrestricted biking session.



The streets are rated from 1 (lowest stress) to 4 (highest stress). The system is based on traffic levels and whether or not there are bike lanes, among other stress-inducing factors.

But the project is not finished. The DPW is looking for feedback on the map, to better adapt the map to Milwaukee’s cyclist crew. You can fill out a survey on the map in English here, or in Spanish here.

Or email with questions or comments.



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.