Bike Share at Mobile Bike Hubs
The fog finally lifted on Friday, June 27th for a sunny and warm Mobile Bike Hub at U.S. Grant Elementary School at 2920 W. Grant Street, Milwaukee. The Mobile Bike Hub offers free bike repairs and information on bike safety throughout the summer at four different south side locations Wednesdays-Fridays, 1-5 pm. It is co-sponsored by the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhoods (LBWN) and Wisconsin Bike Fed.
I checked out a Bublr Bike from the Discovery World bike station and rode down to the Mobile Bike Hub to say hello, introduce families to bike share, and let folks take a spin on the bike itself to see how easy it is to ride. I also handed out flyers encouraging people to take an online survey (available in both English and Spanish) and share their thoughts about bike share in Milwaukee, including where to place stations in their neighborhood. For a brief time in the afternoon, I rode down a few blocks to visit the 29th & Burnham Pocket Park where Artists Working in Education (AWE) had set up a pop-up art studio for local kids and families.
Jezamil Vega-Skeels, an architect and neighborhood planner with LBWN, and Dan Adams, LBWN neighborhood plan coordinator, stopped by to take the bike for a little ride around the school playground and officially declared it “easy to ride!” Diego, a young neighbor, checked out the bike too, although he has a couple more years before he can officially use it. (You must be 14 years or older to try it.) Several other teenagers took the bike for a spin and admitted that although the bike isn’t as cool as their lowrider bikes, they would still try it once the stations are in place. Can you get a better endorsement than that from a 16 year old?
Jorian Giorno, an experienced bike mechanic and life-long cycling enthusiast and racer, is LBWN’s Mobile Bike Hub Coordinator. He cycles in with the Mobile Bike Hub and performs all repairs. This summer, I’ll be cycling to several Mobile Bike Hub sites on a Midwest Bike Share bicycle to introduce bike share to the community and give folks an opportunity to check out the bikes themselves. Stop by and take the Midwest Bike Share bicycle for a spin yourself on the following dates:
- 1-5 pm July 18, 23, and 24th at the 29th & Burnham Pocket Park;
- 1-5 pm August 15th at El Puente High School (1127 S. 35th St.); and
- 1-5 pm August 22nd and 29th at Urban Ecology Center (3700 W. Pierce St.).
For more information on LBWN’s Mobile Bike Hub and their complete schedule, click here. LBWN serves the Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s south side. The Mobile Bike Hub is co-sponsored by the Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation, the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, LISC Milwaukee, and State Farm.