Bike To Work Week is just around the corner, and there are a lot of great events planned all week long for Milwaukee.
While passing out flyers for Bike To Work Week earlier this week, I heard a lot of “I already bike to work” responses, which is great! Keep on riding, and hopefully you can find an opportunity to enjoy some free coffee on your morning commute, ride with your children to a family-friendly event, or meet some friends for a bicycle-themed fashion show, art gallery, group ride, out for a beer, or the return of the Bicycle Film Festival to Milwaukee.
If you’re unfamiliar with a good, safe route to bike to work, try talking to some co-workers about meeting up and riding together. To get more comfortable riding to work, try routing and riding your commute on the weekend when there’s not so much rush-hour traffic, and you don’t have to feel so rushed to get to work on time.
Check the calendar below for a full listing. There’s commuter stations for those simply making their morning commutes, and different events and rides happening every night of the week.
Monday, May 13th:
- 8:00 AM: Bike to Work with Mayor Barrett, 51st and Washington Blvd.
- 5:00 – 8:00 PM: Bike to Work Week 2013 Kick Off, Stone Creek Cafe, 422 N 5th St. Free pizza from Transfer/VIA delivered by FLAVOR Cycle. Bicycle-themed fashion show featuring Howlpop, Vessel Workshop, local designer Nicole Labrie, and others! Coffee brewing demos from expert baristas, sample tastings, and 30% off coffee beans and brewing equipment.
Tuesday, May 14th:
- 7:00 PM: Pedal Pusher Ride, Coast In Bikes, 706 S 5th St. All women and trans-identified people are welcome to join us for the first ride of the spring season! A casual ride through the streets of Milwaukee.
Wednesday, May 15th:
- 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Valid Open House, 1011 W Center St.
- 6:00 PM: MKEBKE Group Bicycle Ride. Estabrook Beer Garden, 4600 Estabrook Drive.
Thursday, May 16th:
- 4:00 – 8:00 PM: Antique and Vintage Bicycle Show , Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street. The Wheelmen and South Shore Cyclery will display a rare collection of bicycles dating from the late 1800′s up to the balloon tire bikes of the 30′s through 60′s. Michael Horne will give a talk about the history of bicycling in Milwaukee.
Friday, May 17th:
- 5:00 – 8:00 PM: Sew to be Seen at Vulture Space, 651 N. Plankinton Avenue. Everyone is welcome to sew reflective material on their bags and clothes. Mo Lappin, the fashion designer behind Howlpop, will give a workshop on DIY fashion. A sewing machine/work tables, and innertubes/small bicycle parts will be available to be made into jewelry, streamers, clothing, etc.
Saturday, May 18th:
- Bicycle Fiesta – Guided tour of Hank Aaron State Trail, used bike sale at Bike Fed office, 3618 W. Pierce Street.
- 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 PM: Bicycle Film Festival – Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $10/program or get FREE entry to all programs with a Vulture Space membership card!
- 11:00 PM: Bicycle Film Festival afterparty. Group ride from the Milwaukee Art Museum to Trocadero (1758 N. Water) after last screening.
Vulture Space Bicycle Donation Drive
Since Vulture Space exists solely on donations, everyone is encouraged to drop off their unwanted bicycles to the Riverside Urban Ecology Center at anytime during Bike to Work Week (5/13 – 5/19). The collected bikes will be redistributed to the Milwaukee community.
Monday through Friday Commuter Stations:
Riverside Urban Ecology Center, Alterra Coffee 5th Ward Foundry, Urban Ecology Center Washington Park,, Sigma Envronmental, Menomonee Valley Passage, & Juneau Park
Map of Commuter Stations and Events:
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See any events missing or want to plan an event for your workplace? Send us an email and we’ll add it to the list!