By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 01, 2024 at 11:26 AM

Bublr Bikes nonprofit bikeshare is hosting its Pass-a-PALOOZA fundraiser beginning Wednesday and running through May 17.

During Pass-a-PALOOZA, when you buy an annual pass, “a generous Bublr supporter” will match your payment. The anonymous donor will also match any donations made during this time, up to $2,000.

An annual pass is $139.19, but HACM Residents, Foodshare and WIC recipients, and those on SSI, may be eligible for a free Access Pass. For details on that, go to

In addition to running the bikeshare, Bublr is involved in a range of community programs, like free cycling classes, a B3 Workforce Development Program to train Milwaukee youth to work as bike mechanics, adaptive bikes for differently abled adults and the aforementioned Access Pass.

Order your pass online here.

Make a donation here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.