Wisconsin Bike Week focuses on bike safety

Mayor Barrett showed his support
Posted at 6:40 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 19:40:28-04

It's Wisconsin Bike Week, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett cycled to work Monday morning with a few dozen riders in a show of support for the effort.

The goal is to raise awareness about bicycle safety while also encouraging more people to ride.

"We share the road. The more people on the streets, the more motorist understand the streets are not just for four wheels but people with two wheels as well," said Tonieh Welland with the group Path To Platinum.
About 2,500 people jump on their bikes each day in Milwaukee and ride to work.
Barrett said 15 years ago Milwaukee only had two bike lanes: one on Prospect Avenue, and one on Farwell Avenue.

Today, the city has 112 miles of bike lanes.

"That's just an explosion in the number of bike lanes that we have," Barrett said.

In the next few years, leaders want to add bike boulevards to make the city more bike friendly.

"The goal is to achieve platinum status as a cycling destination," Welland said. 

Right now, Milwaukee is at a bronze level. The city would have to hit more than 25,000 bike riders to achieve a platinum rating.

Wisconsin Bike Week runs through Sunday.