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The Nomad is Home to Milwaukee’s Second On-Street Bike Corral

By - Jul 18th, 2011 01:52 pm
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Nomad's On-Street Bike Corral

Nomad’s On-Street Bike Corral

Portland has 67 on-street bike corrals, while Milwaukee now has two.   With the latest being installed this past week at the Nomad on the Lower East Side.  The Nomad’s new bike corral is located in an unused space along Warren St., and just as Alterra’s on-street bike corral, its installation removed no automobile parking spots.  In fact this installation added a net of sixteen (it added nine bike racks, while one rack was removed from the sidewalk) new parking spots for customers of the Nomad and surrounding businesses, albeit bicycle parking spots.

Unlike Alterra’s bike corral, which in addition to its intended functional use acts as a piece of public art, this rack is simple and to the point.  Parking your bicycle here is secure, common, and provided.  The design of this installation (additional border markings yet to be installed) is  more typical of the design seen in cities such as Portland and Minneapolis, and we would expect to see this design installed around Milwaukee as new businesses choose to incorporate on-street bike corrals into their business plan.

It is our understanding that Milwaukee’s third bike corral is in the works, so as soon as it is installed we’ll let you know.  Additionally, we wanted to know from you, where might you think a new on-street bike corral could work?  Let us know via email or the comments below.


15 thoughts on “The Nomad is Home to Milwaukee’s Second On-Street Bike Corral”

  1. CK says:

    Bay View could use 2: 1 by HiFi / Honeypie and the other in front of Babe’s / Riveria Maya (which I don’t believe is actually a parking spot but has plenty of room).

    The narrow sidewalks in these areas make perfect sense of on-street bike parking.

    And I’ll take a 3rd corral in front of my house to get my bikes out of my garage….

  2. Jesse Hagen says:

    I’ll nominate a bike corral somewhere near the intersection of Lincoln & KK. With the construction underway at Alterra’s new location… they might already have that in the works though.

    Otherwise, I would say Oakland Ave near Locust could use a corral… the sidewalks are pretty cramped over there.

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @Jesse It is my understanding that the Bay View Alterra is going to have some of the nicest bike parking facilities around built in as part of the project, it’s gonna be first rate.

  4. Juli says:

    Alterra Foundry and a Benolux/ Public Market location.

  5. Pesterson Von Grau says:

    Awesome! Glad to see it!

  6. AJ Choren says:

    Happy to see this. I think it works especially well in this neighborhood considering the amount of bike traffic already.

  7. Jeff Jordan says:

    I love the way that once people see this concept, everybody has an idea where another bike parking facility would be useful. I hope the street level bike rental program goes as well.

  8. Dave Reid says:

    @AJ Oh yeah that corner saw a lot of bikes locked on all kinds of stuff… Hopefully this will alleviate that.

  9. Dave Reid says:

    @Jeff Do you have any ideas of where a new corral should go?

  10. Jerad says:

    Downer Ave. in front of Cafe Hollander

  11. Doug says:

    I like it but I wish they would have made something that is more attractive like the Alterra rack.

    Speaking of Alterra, I think that Bay View project looks great.

  12. Dave Reid says:

    @Doug No doubt I love the Alterra rack, but most of the on-street corrals will be like this one. More simply functional, than artistic.

  13. Bob says:

    Last night while running I noticed an on-street bike corral has been installed at Cafe Hollander on Downer.

  14. Dave Reid says:

    @Bob Yup… the third corral went in last week… here’s a story on it: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2011/08/02/cafe-hollander-opens-milwaukees-third-on-street-bike-corral/ Also fill out the poll and let us know where you think the next corral should go! thanks

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