‘Bike! Bingo’ Kick-Off Party on Saturday, 4/18

​Bike riders will be psyched to hear that a new game called Bike! Bingo is launching in Milwaukee. A more exciting version of the game our grandparents play at the nursing home on Saturday nights, Bike! Bingo’s goal is to reward you for pedaling and exploring the streets of Milwaukee. The more you ride, the more you win. Visit area businesses (and some other spots) by bike and get your board stamped by employees. Get “bingo” and win prizes, fill up the whole care and redeem even more prizes!

Bike! Bingo is a “Celebration of Milwaukee by bike!” put on by Bryan Labissioniere of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation and Ian Klepetar of the Bicycle Benefits program, which has recently come to the area.

Bike! Bingo kicks off this Saturday, April 18th from 2-5pm with bike shops set up at Purple Door Ice Creamt offering free mini-tune ups/adjustments to participants who bike over. The shops will be giving out tokens good for a free small cone inside. If you don’t pedal over, don’t expect anything! Then from 6-8pm, Bremen Cafe will be a hooking up those who ride over with free beer and Riverwest Pizza (while it lasts).

Bike! Bingo cards are available upon request at most of the Bike Benefits Milwaukee participating businesses and at area bike shops. You can request an area to have them distributed or email any questions to mkebikebingo@gmail.com

Bicyclists can get their cards stamped at participating bingo locations until Saturday, June 13th. Bike! Bingo stops include;

- Amaranth Bakery
- Art For Bike’s Sake at Fyxation (May 15th)
- Belair (Humboldt & Water)
- Brewed Cafe
- Collectivo Coffee (Bayview, Grafton, Riverwest, Wauwatosa)
- Cory The Bike Fixer
- Coast In Bikes
- Clock Shadow Creamery
- Cutters at Milwaukee Public Market
- Cream City Swirl
- Fischberger’s Variety
- Great Lakes Distillery
- Ian’s Pizza (North)
- Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride (June __)
- Palomino
- South Shore Cyclery
- Stubby’s
- Truly Spoken
- Vulture Space
- Wheel & Sprocket (Fox Point)
- Wisconsin Bike Fed

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Bicycle Benefits Program comes to Milwaukee

Perhaps you’ve recently spotted some of this bicycle related parphenelia at local bars, shops and restaurants around Milwaukee recently and are wondering what it’s all about. This past October, Ian Klepetar, the founder of the Bicycle Benefits program pedaled into the area with the intent of bringing a program to the area which is well established and successful in Madison.

Despite arriving just before winter many area businesses were interested in supporting the intent of the program and willing to offer a discount or reward to arriving bike riders. Belair, Colectivo and the Lowlands Group restaurants already offer financial incentives to employees who ride their bikes to work, so joining Bicycle Benefits was a natural next step. Like beer and booze? 1/2 Off cocktails at Great Lakes Distillery, BOGO beers at Stubby’s and Highbury. Like Ice Cream? 20% Off at Purple Door. Like coffee? Free refills at Brewed and 10% Off at Colectivo. Like pizza? 20% Off at Transfer & $1 Off slices at Ian’s Pizza.

Locations are joining every weeks so use the Bicycle Benefits on your phone or computer to stay in the loop and see the complete listing and details of their offers. More so, many of the locations that have signed up with the program are now hosting bicycle floor pumps for patrons to fill up their tires when stopping by.

Want to join?: Individuals who are interested can pick up a $5 sticker for their helmet (doesn’t expire) at a participating business. Upon visiting any of the Bicycle Benefits locations by bike, participants bring in their helmet, show it and receive a discount or reward for riding. You can use the same sticker in Madison, Appleton, the Twin Cities and many other cities.

Signing up as a business: Bicycle Benefits is a great way for businesses owners to encourage more patrons to show up on bikes and become a bicycle-friendly destination. The more substantial the discount or reward which they offer, the more success they will have with the program and standout as a place that loves bikes. It’s easy for businesses to join, so passing on this sign-up link to your favorite haunts could help boost the program and get you a deal for riding.

The program’s intent is to encourage more trips by bicycle, help to push our culture to support biking and to engage the business community with a tool they can use to become more bicycle-friendly. As a way to keep folks from driving and misusing the program, all program materials state that the program sticker is attached to the individual’s helmet and the associated trips to the participating businesses must be done by bicycle.

Questions? Contact ian@bicyclebenefits.org

Like Bike Benefits Milwaukee on Facebook for more news and events.

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Group Bike Ride, ‘Aftermass’ Outdoor Screening, and Camping before May Day RW24 Registration

The next MKEBKE Monthly Group Bike Ride is on Thursday, April 30th. We’ll be meeting up at 7pm in Garden Park, located on Locust and Bremen. The ride will take off around 7:30pm.

We’ll be ending the ride back at Garden Park around 9-9:30pm, where we’ll settle in and be projecting the Wisconsin premiere of Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland on the side of the Riverwest Public House. You may have attended the Dinner And Bikes Tour (hitting the road again this April/May) a couple summers ago when Joe Beil showed near-complete excerpt Aftermass, the now-released documentary about the history of bicycle activism in Portland.

Watch the Aftermass trailer below:

May Day (5/1) is the next day, which means hundreds of people will be packed into Garden Park, patiently waiting to register for the Riverwest24 (July 24-25). Once they open the doors, they start registering individuals and teams until the RW24 hits it’s rider capacity, which usually takes around an hour. To guarantee a spot in line, hundreds of people line up first thing in the morning, and a smaller handful of folks even set up camp overnight to be some of the first to register.

With that in mind – following the documentary, whoever wants to stick around is welcome to join us in pitching a tent and camping in the park overnight. We’ll stay up late telling ghost stories, it’ll be fun. Pack and plan for yourself, bring some food or drink to share, clean up after yourselves, and respect the neighbors (don’t be too loud).

(photo by Alysia Dvorachek, Urban Milwaukee)

In the morning, the Riverwest Public House is extending their premises to serve coffee, bloody marys, mimosas, and other drinks in Garden Park. Wake up the right way, get some breakfast/lunch, and hang out with your friends / neighbors until they open up doors for the Riverwest24 registration.

(even if you don’t “get in”, a great way to get involved with the RW24 is volunteering!)

See you in the park!

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Come watch ‘Quicksilver’ this Thursday, 3/26 at Lakefront Brewery

Coast In Bikes and MKEBKE are hosting night three of their five-part Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series at Lakefront Brewery this Thursday, March 26th. They’ll be showing Quicksilver (featuring Kevin Bacon) at 7pm.

Lakefront growlers are 1/2 off on Thursday nights, so grab one of your favorite beer on your way out!

“Though inspired by our friends with the summertime Milwaukee Bike-In Movie Series, this is an unrelated series that came about in response to our cabin fever, and in hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house with some friends for a winter bike ride, watch some movies, and maybe a enjoy few beers.”

For more information and updates, visit MKEBKE.com


Remaining Dates –

Thursday, April 23rd (Night Four)
ft. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
at BigHead Brewing Company
6204 W. State
Wauwatosa, WI

Thursday, May 21st (Final Night)
ft. Triplets Belleville
at District 14 Brewery & Pub
2273 S. Howell Avenue
Bayview, WI

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RAY’S x MKEBKE Free Night on Wednesday, 4/1

RAY’S MTB and MKEBKE are teaming up for a FREE night at the indoor mountain bike park on Wednesday, April 1st from 6-10pm.

(the last day of the 2014-2015 season is April 26th)

Like Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park and MKEBKE.com on Facebook for FREE entry. You can bring your own bike, otherwise rentals are $14.99.

Carpooling encouraged – post any ride offers/requests on the facebook event page.

Helmets and waivers are required, both of which are available at the park. For pictures/videos, rental bikes, and other info on the park, check out RAYSMTB.com.

For all other information, check out the event page or mkebke.com.

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Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling (Exhibit)

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is opening their Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling exhibit this Friday, February 27th, which runs through October 10th before moving to the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton on November 4th.

“Travel through 130 years of cycling history at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, in the new exhibition Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling. On display Febuary 27th through October 10th, the exhibit showcases the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras. Shifting Gears features historic bicycles and interactive experiences!”


Dates: February 27 – October 10, 2015
Times: Tuesday — Saturday, 9am — 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is by donation. Suggested: Adults $4, Children $3, Family $10

Side Note – The time, energy, and resources committed to displaying this exhibit should be more than enough proof to the Milwaukee Public Museum that maybe they should share their wonderful collection of historical bicycles with the public. This neglected collection has been collecting dust in their basement for decades, which includes “some of this country’s oldest and rarest bicycles, is among the finest to be found, second only to that of the Smithsonian Institution in our nation’s capital.” – Michael Horne, “The Greatest Exhibit You’ve Never Seen” (Milwaukee Magazine, July 2011)

More details on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website

“Would you like to be a Green Bay Packer and make the famous bicycle ride to training camp practice through legions of fans? Or pedal the historic 32-mile Elroy-Sparta Trail in under ten minutes? Wondering what in the world a velocipede made in 1869 looks like? Now is your opportunity with a new exhibition opening at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27, 2015.

Travel through 130 years of Wisconsin cycling history in “Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling”. Showcasing the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras, “Shifting Gears” features historic bicycles and artifacts, intriguing images, and virtual interactive experiences. Discover how the long, colorful, and sometimes contentious story of the growth and development of cycling in Wisconsin in the late 1800s is once again playing out today.

Wisconsin has long been a leader in cycling for transportation and recreation, advocacy, manufacturing, and tourism. As early as the 1890s Wisconsin had bike paths, was a tourist destination for cyclists, and boasted a national bike racing champion. Today biking is again a top Wisconsin recreation, commuter and industry innovator. The state’s rich history of cycling can better inform us about the bicycle’s shifting place in our cities and on our roads.

This unique exhibition pulls together a wide range of historic and contemporary bicycles and gear from familiar names such as Trek and Harley-Davidson to intriguing rarities like the Monowheel – a machine in which the rider pedals from inside a massive wooden wheel! You won’t see a rich and diverse collection of fascinating Wisconsin bicycles and stories anywhere else, and Wisconsinites will have two opportunities to see the show in 2015.

“Shifting Gears” is co-created by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin. The exhibit opens at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27th, 2015 and runs through October 10th, 2015. It will open at the History Museum at the Castle in November 2015. Have questions? Call 608-264-6566 for more information.”

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Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series kickstarts with Coneheads and BMX Bandits

Coast In Bikes and MKEBKE.com present Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series, featuring five movie nights organized between February through May. Each night will be hosted in a different neighborhood in Milwaukee, with the last one as part of Bike To Work Week 2015, running May 11th – 15th.

Though inspired by our friends with the summertime Milwaukee Bike-In Movie Series, this is an unrelated series that came about in response to our cabin fever, and in hopes of giving you a reason to get out of the house with some friends for a winter bike ride, watch some movies, and maybe a enjoy few beers.

Stay tuned for the remaining dates, movies, and venue announcements for the full Winter Cycle-In Cinema Series. For more information and updates, visit MKEBKE.com


2533 N. Pierce, Riverwest, Milwaukee

hosted by


BMX BANDITS starting @ 7PM
followed by
CONEHEADS @ 8:30PM(ish)


The Attic is Aytan (Truly Spoken Cycles) and Steve’s (MKEBKE) house, we just wanted to kickstart the series in the intimate space of our home. Please be respectful of our house and neighbors.

There will be space to lock up in the backyard, just walk your bike along left side of the house. After you lock up, use the back door and follow the stairs all the way up to the attic. If you plan on eating, please bring a dish to share. Happy to have you over to our home, we’ll see you soon!

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MKEBKE Monthly Group Bike Ride on Thursday, 1/29


MEET 7PM @ DINO’S IN RIVERWEST (808 E. Chambers)

RSVP on facebook

(photo by Owen Heu)

“Started as a one-time-turned-monthly underwear bike ride a few summers ago, MKEBKE is excited to continue a fun, monthly group ride open to any and all riders. If you haven’t been on one, you’re sure to seen or heard of a fun-loving group of riders showing Milwaukee roads some two-wheeled love. These group rides are just for fun, anyone and everyone is welcome. I encourage you to come check out the ride, socialize, and enjoy yourselves.”

Have any route or stop suggestions? Get in touch before the ride!

Please ride safely and be respectful of other riders. Remember to bring your bike lights!


If you’d like to be a part of an earlier discussion for a new bicycle infrastructure project discussion in Milwaukee, join us at Dino’s a little earlier at 6pm.

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Discussion: Milwaukee’s first Bicycle Boulevard / Neighborhood Greenway

What: Discussion – Milwaukee’s first Bicycle Boulevard
When: Thursday, January 29th 2015 6-7pm
Where: Dino’s Riverwest, 808 E. Chambers Milwaukee, WI
Details: (below)

“Hello Riverwest Bike Champions,

My name is Tony Giron. I run the Smart Trips program at the Wisconsin Bike Fed. I would like to invite you to a community led advocacy effort to have the City install a Bicycle Boulevard aka Neighborhood Greenway along Fratney Street. As you may experience, many people feel more comfortable riding on quiet side streets, even when there’s no designated bike lane. They discover special routes that get them from one end of the neighborhood to the other without encountering much car traffic. But often these routes are interrupted by hazardous intersections, frequent stop signs that keeps cyclists from maintaining their momentum, or traffic that may still feel threatening at times. What if the City could help make these “special routes” even more ideal places for biking by removing some of those barriers? That’s where Neighborhood Greenways come in.

Please join the discussion led by local bike advocate, Sam Dodge. The goal of the meeting will be to learn about and explore the option of hosting Milwaukee’s first Neighborhood Greenway on Fratney Street.

We will be meeting at Dino’s Riverwest, 808 E. Chambers Street on Thursday, January 29th at 6pm. I hope to see you there. Ride safe!”

Tony Giron
Smart Trips Coordinator

Wisconsin Bike Fed

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#BikingWhileWomen: A Discussion on Women’s Bike Culture (Wednesday, 1/14)

What: #BikingWhileWomen: A Discussion on Women’s Bike Culture
When: Wednesday, January 14th 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie Milwaukee, WI
More info: RSVP on facebook

(Billie Samuels leaving to ride to Melbourne on a Malvern Star bicycle, 4 July 1934, by Sam Hood)

Join us for a conversation on women’s bike culture and what it means to “bike while women” in 2015. Hosted in the Brooks Stevens Gallery on the River Level of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Panelists include:

Jillian Imilkowski
Founder of The Bella Donnas, a women’s motivational cycling group based in Milwaukee

Becky Tesch
Avid mountain bike rider, cycling instructor, and owner of Chain Stay Jewelry & Design

Tonieh Welland
Organizer of the Black Girls Do Bike: Milwaukee chapter

Carolyn Weber
Co-owner of Coast In Bikes & Third Coast Inn and an advocate of year-round cycling

Conversation moderated by Nate Pyper. A component of the “Re-Imagined Events” series in conjunction with the current interactive exhibition “Re-Imagining–Re-Imaging.”

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