Bublr Bikes Coming to Bradford Beach
One of 30 new locations will adjoin the popular beach.
Bradford Beach will be host to a new Bublr Bikes bicycle sharing station in 2016. One of 30 new stations to be funded by a federal grant, this one requires additional local and federal approvals because of its location. The city has yet to reveal the locations of the other 29 proposed stations.
Yesterday the Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for a new Bublr station at the northwest corner of N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. and E. North Ave. This was needed because of the proposed station’s location on the edge of the federally-designated North Point North Historic District. Before installation work can begin, the proposed station also needs to pass a Section 106 review by the National Parks Service, which applies to all federally-designated historic properties and districts.
The station will be one of 30 funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) originally awarded to the city in 2013. The City of Milwaukee will utilize these funds with its partner, Midwest Bikeshare, Inc., to build 15 proposed Bublr stations in 2015 and an additional 15 stations in 2016.
As we’ve previously reported, an additional station will come in late 2015 as part of the third phase of The North End. This new station is being funded using tax-incremental financing and will be an addition to the city’s planned 15 new stations.
There are currently 11 active Bublr stations centered around Downtown, with the latest added on E. Brady St. earlier this year. Bicycles can be rented for a single ride ($3/half hour) or monthly rate ($15/month, unlimited 60 minute rides). The bicycles can be picked up and dropped off at any of the stations.