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Thousands of new bike racks are coming to Milwaukee

Posted at 8:22 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 20:04:11-04

When riders were out and about enjoying Wisconsin Bike Week, many noticed more bike racks popping up around Milwaukee. Christine Voelkel was excited to find out there are plans to install thousands more.

"There would be a place for us not to have to worry having to take our bike with us wherever we go," said Christine Voelkel.

Rich Brook thinks more places to lock up could mean less traffic for big events, such as the July 3 fireworks.

"If more people came and they could lock their bikes up and watch the fireworks that would be wonderful; Summerfest, too," said Brook.

A federal grant and a 20% match from the city got Milwaukee almost 4,000 bike racks.

Associate Transportation Planner Marissa Meyer said the plan is to install or replace about 500 a year.

"We have so many to put all over the city, and we have enough to last multiple years," said Meyer. "We definitely saw a need for more bike racks because we have a lot of areas in the city that just don't have good bike parking available."

It is also something riders are asking for.

"We've been getting a lot of calls here and there of people reporting broken bike racks," said Meyer.

Riders can suggest locations for the new racks. Click here to fill out an application form.