City of Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works
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City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Announces A Dockless Bicycle Share Pilot Study

Dockless Bicycle Share systems are privately operated and consist of self-service bicycles made available to users on a short-term basis.

By - Aug 23rd, 2018 04:31 pm
A LimeBike dockless bike share bicycle in Milwaukee. Photo by Dave Reid.

A LimeBike dockless bike share bicycle in Milwaukee. Photo by Dave Reid.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW), at the direction of the Common Council, is initiating a pilot study (“pilot”) of Dockless Bicycle Share in Milwaukee.

Dockless Bicycle Share systems are privately operated and consist of self-service bicycles made available to users on a short-term basis. Unlike docked bicycle share systems, dockless bicycles do not require a permanent or fixed location to reserve or return a bike.

Goals of the pilot include:

  • Increase bicycle ridership throughout Milwaukee to reduce congestion, making bicycling safer;
  • Improve the quality of life for residents and visitors;
  • Expand bicycle share to and in all neighborhoods throughout the City of Milwaukee; and
  • Ensure public safety and evaluate public perception.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said: “Dockless bikes will add to Milwaukee’s transportation network. Residents and visitors will have another option to get to and from work, home, and every other destination Milwaukee has to offer. This pilot will make dockless bikes a choice city-wide, and help DPW learn how to make cycling more accessible for Milwaukee residents. Whether it’s the first or last mile, dockless bikes will make traveling around Milwaukee easier.”

The pilot will run through December 31, 2019. Evaluation of the study will be ongoing, with DPW providing periodic reports to the Public Works committee during this timeframe. A final report will be issued in 2020 to help determine if the City should pursue future licensing requirements for operators wishing to continue offering dockless bicycle share in Milwaukee.

More information on the details of the pilot, including application materials for operators interested in participating in the pilot, are now available on the DPW website:
https://city.milwaukee.gov/Dockless_Bicycle_Share_Pilot_Study

For questions about the pilot, or for more information on bicycling in Milwaukee, please email us at bikewalk@milwaukee.gov.

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