Three new Bublr locally made bike stations have been installed and they're just the beginning of 26 new stations that will be installed this year.
The three are 3.0 docks – made by CTS/Mighty Tough in Menomenee Falls – that can be used in spaces too small for the traditional Bublr docks you're used to seeing around town.
Thirteen more of the new docks will also be these iterations.
The three new 3.0 docks – which require users to have a fob or an app in order to check out a bike – can be found at 22nd and Wells Streets, Mason Street and Prospect Avenue, and 37th and Pierce Streets.
In related news, Bublr is bringing back its adaptive bikes after grants from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation: The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Fund and the Astor Street Foundation allowed the bikes to get new easier docking mechanisms.
They also had rust spots repaired and were repainted.
In April, Bublr's new e-bikes began hitting stations, too.
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.