Economy & Business
4:20 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Bike-Share Stations Debut in Milwaukee

Rental bike
Rental bike
Credit Bublr Bikes

Bublr Bikes has opened its first kiosk in Red Arrow Park, in downtown Milwaukee. People can rent the bikes for $7/day to $20/month.

By late this month, the non-profit operator plans to open 10 stations around town, including at Cathedral Square Park, the Milwaukee Public Market and the Intermodal Station.

Eventually, the bike-share program intends to reach locations beyond Milwaukee's city center and into Shorewood, Wauwatosa and West Allis, with perhaps 1,000 bicycles available to rent.

The non-profit entity that operates Bublr Bikes is called Midwest BikeShare Inc. It reports raising nearly three-million dollars so far, with about a third coming from local private donors. In order to reach its peak network, planners say they need to generate another three million dollars.