Yes, Bike-Sharing Is Coming This Summer!
Mayor Barrett said not till 2015, but Midwest BikeShare promises 5-10 stations this summer.
On Monday, during a press conference at the end of the Mayor’s annual bike ride Mayor Barrett indicated that bike-sharing wouldn’t be rolling out in Milwaukee until 2015.
As Lee Corso is so fond of saying, not so fast.
Last year my colleague Jeramey Jannene reported that a system of at least 28 stations would rollout in 2014, it’s true that isn’t happening. But bike-share is coming to Milwaukee this summer on a smaller scale.
In a call to Urban Milwaukee this morning Kevin Hardman, launch director of Midwest BikeShare, Inc., explained that the city’s CMAQ grants won’t be used this year, but these are just a portion of the project’s total funds. “Using what we raised from TIF and private sources,” Hardman says, his group plans to create “between five and 10 stations on the ground this year.” As to when, Hardman says is should happen this summer. “We don’t have an exact date yet, but things are very much moving forward.”
Midwest BikeShare, Inc. and the City of Milwaukee are still trying to “qualify the sites,” for the first stations according to Hardman because when “citing these stations you don’t just drop them down.”
Last year Midwest BikeShare, Inc. worked with the city to install a pilot station at Discovery World to give the public an opportunity to test out the bikes and interact with the docking stations.
The first stations will be located near the central business district and “grow out from the Discovery World station…that’s good system design,” Hardman says.