Milwaukeeans for Protected Bike Lanes

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Milwaukeeans supporting the creation of safe bicycle infrastructure.

Milwaukee makes up about 10% of the state of Wisconsin's population but accounts for half of the serious injuries and fatalities involving people that walk and bike. This is due to serious issues such as reckless and impatient driving, distracted driving, and a lack of shared spaces for all mode share such as safe pedestrian pathways, and transit stops, as well as bicycle infrastructure. This must change.

The City of Milwaukee’s Bike and Pedestrian Task Force, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Milwaukee Safe & Healthy Streets (formerly Path to Platinum), and thousands of Milwaukee residents that signed in support of the Complete Streets petition in 2018 are advocating for safe streets for all users of the road.

We are putting our petitions into practice and asking Mayor Barrett and the Common Council for deliberate action to fund, build, and grow a network of low-stress, separated bikeways connecting downtown with neighborhoods on all sides of the city. As our city grows with the addition of the streetcar, we must develop our city so that it is multi-modal, systematically safer––dignifying pedestrians, cyclists, the public transit user, and the car driver as they are not mutually exclusive.

Protected bicycle lanes make streets safer not just for bike users, but for pedestrians, the accessibility community & car drivers. Protected lanes narrow crossing distances and calm the speed of cars. Additionally, calm low-stress streets attract foot traffic to businesses and attractions, to increase economic growth!


The following urgent requests have been informed by residents, advocates, academic professionals, and local public agency.

1.)Commit Funding: Create a Bike/Walk budget within the City of Milwaukee’s Capital Improvement Budget. Establishing funding with a systematic approach to ensuring that our City’s Comprehensive Plans are being fulfilled for equitable safety and health.

2.) Build a Bike Network: Build a network of low-stress, separated bikeways connecting downtown with neighborhoods on all sides of the city  (Suggested goal: add 20 miles over the next 4 years)

3.)Talk More: The city rolls out a comprehensive and ongoing PR and marketing campaign which makes a commitment to prioritizing vulnerable users of the road, especially people walking, people biking, and people using public transportation, who face systematic barriers to health and safety in the public right of way.

If Milwaukee is serious about minimizing serious traffic injuries and fatalities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, growing our economy, and making our City a better, more livable place, we must take an all-encompassing systematic approach to improve the safety of the most vulnerable users in public right of way.


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