About a week ago, Bublr Bikes installed a new bikeshare station on south side of Juneau Avenue at North 5th Street in the Deer District.
The station is just outside the Fiserv Forum and just across the street from the new The Trade hotel, expected to open in March.
When I visited today there were six bikes in the eight-bike station.
The station is the first of a number that will be coming to the area, according to Bublr Executive Director James Davies.
“There will be more 3.0 docks added around the district as soon as they are delivered, but the main 1.0 station that is all stickered up and pretty is installed on 5th (and) Juneau and is working,” he tells me.
Bublr, which has more than 600 bikes and 90 stations across the area, began installing the 3.0 stations in spring.
The 3.0 docks – made by CTS/Mighty Tough in Menomenee Falls – can be used in spaces too small for the traditional Bublr docks, like the one just installed on Juneau.
Before the installation of the 5th and Juneau Bublr station, the nearest ones to the Deer District were located at State Street and King Drive and at Kilbourn and Phillips Avenues.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.