Milwaukee's Bublr Bikes nonprofit bike-share unveils its new electric-assist ebikes program on Wednesday, May 19, at Indeed Brewery in Walker's Point, 530 S. 2nd St.
The program will integrate nearly 200 ebikes into the network of bike-share stations across the service area, which includes parts of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and West Allis, later this season.
Bublr also plans to add 26 more stations – mostly in the Bronzeville, Harambee, Midtown, Washington Park, Silver City, Clarke Square and Walker Square neighborhoods – and another 50 standard bikes to its system this summer.
The public will be able to test-drive the new ebikes at the 4 p.m. event. Small group rides will depart from Indeed for the Bublr Bikes station on 2nd and Washington Streets and then return to the brewery.
“The introduction of ebikes is going to expand the transit opportunities for the greater Milwaukee community, helping people of various abilities go further, faster, with less effort," said Bublr Bikes Executive Director James Davies.
"We are so excited to preview this new resource at Indeed Brewing, and bring affordable, safe transit options to more communities, in greater Milwaukee.”
Indeed is featuring Bublr in its monthly Indeed We Can fundraiser. All proceeds of the tap room and curbside sales the day of the event will be donated to Bublr Bikes.
“Having safe and affordable transit options is one of our core beliefs," said Indeed's Milwaukee Sales and Market Manager Jeff Gray.
"We want all of our neighbors in Milwaukee to be able to explore the city, get to work, or run their errands with transportation that is good for the earth and good for their health.”
For more information, visit BublrBikes.org or call or text at (414) 931-1121.
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.