Washington Park Bike Blitz, an oasis in the bicycle desert

Keith helping fit one of the used bikes for sale at the Bike Blitz last Saturday.

Many urban neighborhoods are virtual bicycle deserts with nowhere to get a bike repaired. On Saturday the 6th annual Washington Park Bike Blitz created a temporary oasis on Milwaukee’s west side where residents could get basic bike repairs and purchase inexpensive bicycles. The neighborhood event is organized by Keith Holt of Milwaukee Bicycle Works.

Milwaukee Bicycle  Works has plans for a permanent location in the area, with the mission to increase access to bicycling and its benefits through hands-on programs for youth and adults, through volunteer projects, and a neighborhood bike shop that will serve as a center of community cycling on Milwaukee’s West Side. Keith is a former community organizer for the Chicagoland Bicycle Association who moved to the Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood about 5 years ago.

The Bike Blitz was held behind the awesome bandshell in Washington Park. At one time the bandshell was the summer home for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Russell from DreamBikes tunes up a bike.

Neighborhood volunteers joined with professional mechanics from Wheel & Sprocket and Milwaukee’s DreamBikes to do basic repairs and help fit people to the used bikes that were for sale at the Bike Blitz.

Alderman Hines jokes with Barb Blick and Peter Lee, two of the Bike Fed ambassadors at the event to promote safe cycling through our Share & Be Aware program.

 

The Bike Blitz got a bit Belgian when this Malinois led a friend in to check it out.

Aldermen Michael Murphy and Willie Hines both showed up to lend their support for cycling as Washington Park is in both of their districts. Alderman Murphy will also be on the bike ride to our open house later this afternoon. He has been instrumental in the development of the Hank Aaron State Trail and the businesses in the Menomonee Valley where our new office is located.

 

Alderman Murphy chats with a neighbor boy while he waits for a bike to be repaired by Wheel & Sprocket.

A happy customer heads home.

The grin tells the story.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

2 thoughts on “Washington Park Bike Blitz, an oasis in the bicycle desert

  1. If every city did this, it would change the world. Milwaukee is making so many great changes with the resources it has…just another reason I love it there!

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