By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 21, 2021 at 2:33 PM

The Milwaukee County Historical Society and Pabst Mansion have partnered with Bublr Bikes bikeshare to offer a series of two-wheeled tours that run May to October.

Tour participants can bring their own bikes or rent a Bublr from a nearby station. Bublr recently announced that it's adding more than two dozen more rental stations and nearly 200 electric-assist ebikes and to its system this year, too.

Three of the four tours – all led by historian and bike enthusiast Dana Hansen – will depart from MCHS on King Drive and Kilbourn Avenue:

  • A Bridge Home: A Historic Bicycle Tour of the Bridges that Once Divided our Milwaukee Home
  • Milwaukee History and Beer Garden Bike Tour
  • History and Beer Bike Tour: Haunted Milwaukee

Another tour departs from the Pabst Mansion on 20th and Wisconsin:

  • The Pabst Legacy: A Baron and His Brewery

Tours range in price from $25 to $40 per person and a 24-hour bike rental can be added for $12 per person. Proceeds support the participating nonprofit historical institutions' missions.

The tours, says MCHS Executive Director Mame McCully, “add a new and immersive way to explore Milwaukee. We are looking forward to people joining us on one, or perhaps all, of the four history bike tours.”

Schedules and tickets can be found on the websites of the organizations: Milwaukee County Historical Society and Pabst Mansion.

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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.