The warm summer months offer an excellent opportunity to get on a bicycle out and explore the city. Here are answers to some of the most common bike-related questions, provided by the city of Milwaukee.
How do bike lanes work?
Car drivers are not allowed to drive in bicycle lanes, unless they are crossing them to enter a driveway, make a turn or leave a parking space. Some streets feature shared lanes, where drivers and riders travel together. Buffered bike lanes give riders an increased level of safety, as a section of the driving lane is marked off to give bikes more room.
Where can I bike?
Along with bicycling on the roadway, the Oaf Leaf, Hank Aaron, Beerline and KK River trails offer off-street routes for riders. These paths can be used for commuting or riding for pleasure. Learn more about each trail here. Ride On Wisconsin offers a searchable database of trails, bike shops and restaurants based on ZIP code.
How can I register my bike?
Bicycle registration is free in Milwaukee. The process can be completed online and offers registrants a greater likelihood of having their bikes returned if they are stolen.
How do I secure my bike when not riding?
Be sure to lock a bike when unattended to reduce the likelihood of theft. A U-lock is more difficult to break than other locking mechanisms. Locks should secure the bike to a bike rack or corral. The city does not recommend locking your bike to trees, railings, parking meters or lampposts. Click here to see the proper way to lock a bike.