6 Things You Might Not Know About Biking in Milwaukee

There’s a reason they say, “it’s just like riding a bike.”

Most cyclists in Milwaukee are probably familiar with the Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron trails. But this city has so much more to offer its riders – whether you’re biking for exercise or for beer garden transport.

 Milwaukee has awesome cycling clubs  

Milwaukee is lucky to have some great cycling clubs, which provide a support system of sorts for those who like to get around on two wheels. With membership dues typically comes an invitation to take part in organized local rides and sometimes other fun events as they come up.

Cream City Cycle Club
Billing themselves the “Bicycling Club for Metro Milwaukee,” their calendar lists rides in Elm Grove, Germantown, Cedarburg, Racine and more. Website visitors will also find biking resources and albums of photos from their rides. They look like they know how to have fun!

Bay View Bicycle Club
We love what this club is all about. According to their website: “…We promote bicycling not only for its overall health benefits, but just as importantly for the opportunity to meet diverse people, create friendships, share our riding experiences as well as everyday experiences and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow bicyclists. We do it because we enjoy people and bicycles.” Ride on!

This group has a Facebook presence as busy as Veteran’s Park on a sunny spring day. With more than 3,000 group members, conversations take place there daily, with people asking for and receiving suggestions on rides and equipment, reporting bikes stolen and found and lots of other great biking dialogue.

 We also have great bicycle shops 

There might be more bike shops than cyclists in Milwaukee (kidding). Here are some local favorites:

Wheel & Sprocket
It’s been a Milwaukee institution for more than 40 years, with seven convenient locations. Every rider needs to wander the aisles of their nearest location. From bikes to helmets to shoes and other gear, you can usually find just what you’re looking for. “Many people do not know, but no one has done more to promote cycling on a local, state or national level than Wheel & Sprocket,” Marketing Manager Amelia Kegel said. “From supporting over 70 local bike ride events in Southeast Wisconsin to meeting with politicians to get more bike lanes across the country, Wheel & Sprocket is involved in making the world a better place for bikes.” Plus, did you know they offer the nation’s largest Bike Expo Sale each spring? If you missed it this year, mark it on your calendar for next year!

Erik’s Bike Shop
“We pedal good bikes.” We hope you’ve seen their billboards around town, testaments to their ability to rock a great pun. With more than two dozen locations throughout mostly Wisconsin and Minnesota, this shop also caters to the snowboard and ski crowd as well – something for all seasons. Their shops have a doors-open, anyone-stop-in vibe about them, and they carry a wide variety of bikes and related products.

 South Shore Cyclery
This shop in downtown Cudahy is known for its fantastic customer service and its annual used bike sale. The staff is incredibly friendly, and they’re willing to answer just about any bike-related query you might have. Plus, they’ll let you test drive their bikes around the block when you’re looking to make a purchase!

 Our bike-share program is growing 

You have no excuse to rule out biking as a mode of transportation around the city, thanks to Bublr Bikes. Milwaukee’s bike-share program has been growing leaps and bounds since it first came on the scene in 2014. Currently Bublr boasts 57 stations, with 487 bikes. During peak season, the bikes get about 300 rides a day – even up to 600 rides a day on weekends! The most popular stations are the ones situated near UWM’s campus and ones downtown like the one at Wisconsin and Water and the one at Red Arrow Park.

 You can take your bike on the bus 

All Milwaukee city buses are equipped with racks and you can bring your bike along with no extra fare. This will make it easier than ever to commute to work by bus; if it starts to rain during the day, just take the bus home.

 Our roads feature “sharrows” 

In addition to Milwaukee’s scenic trails, the city also boasts more than 85 miles of designated bike lanes in the city, with more on the way, according to the city’s website. You might have noticed an increasing number of bike lanes and pavement markings – the city is getting bike-friendlier all the time. Ever heard of sharrows? These handy signs on the pavement remind bikers and motorists that they’re sharing the roadway.

 Green bike lanes abound 

Or maybe you’ve been wondering about Milwaukee’s green bike lanes? These are in some of the city’s more high-traffic areas to help motorists better understand who has right of way. From the city of Milwaukee’s biking resources site: “Green bike lanes are pavement markings used to highlight locations where motorists frequently merge across or turn across a bike lane. To draw attention and increase safety at these locations, bike lanes are colored green to alert motorists that they must yield to thru bicyclists. Green bike lanes are marked with a solid green background, bounded by solid white lines.” Find Milwaukee’s green bike lanes in the map below.

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  • Humboldt Blvd. and E. Locust St.
  • Grange Ave. and S. 6th St .
  • Hampton Ave. and N. Green Bay Ave.
  • Holton Ave. and E. North Ave.
  • Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Bay St.
  • 6th St. and W. Layton Ave.
  • Lincoln Ave. and S. Howell Ave.
  • Port Washington Rd. and W. Capitol Dr.
  • Silver Spring Dr. and N. 35th St.
  • Silver Spring Dr . and N. 60th St.
  • Silver Spring Dr. and N. 64th St.
  • Kilbourn Ave. and N. Plankinton Ave.
  • 44th St. and W. Oklahoma Ave.
  • Two Stage Left Turn Box at N. Water St. and E. Cherry St.