Biking at UWM

Bicycling to any area of the UW-Milwaukee campus should be as simple and safe as possible for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.

Biking to campus is an affordable alternative to get to campus that is also great for your health and the environment. Whether you need air for your tires, would like to find the best route, or even if you’d like to understand more about bicycle planning at UWM, you will find many answers to your bicycling needs.


Saturday, June 10th at 10AM- 1st Annual Town-Gown Showdown Ride

Join the the first-ever shared ride for all participants in the “MKE Town-Gown Showdown”. Meet our competition face-to-face! We will gather and end at the Estabrook Bier Garden, with a stop for your brown-bag lunch in Brown Deer Park. Families welcome and we encourage you to bring your favorite lawn games for the post-ride and/or your $ for enjoying what the beer garden has to offer!

RSVP: (Note: a waiver will be sent to registrants)

National Bike Challenge 2017

Log your miles with UWM in the 2017 National Bike Challenge! Create a Strava account, join the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Strava Club. Then connect your National Bike Challenge profile to Strava. All your miles logged on Strava will count for UWM in the MKE Town-Gown Showdown League against other agencies and universities in Milwaukee!

How to make a Strava account:

  1. Go to Strava
  2. FIll the following blanks
  3. Click on “Sign Up”
  4. Verify the corresponding email
Log your miles for May

Be sure to enter/edit your miles for May in the National Bike Challenge through your Strava account. Anyone who has logged miles is available to win prizes in our Town-Gown Showdown.

May’s prizes are:

  • One-month Bublr pass (1 prize)
  • Zoo tickets and parking for four (1 prize)
Wednesday Night UWM Rides Begin June 14th!

Meet at the east entrance of the Klotsche Pavilion.

  • 5PM- Long Distance Ride, 20 miles +
  • 5:30PM- Medium Distance Ride, 10 miles + and Short Distance Ride, ~2-4 mile

All rides end at the Estabrook Beer Garden. New and returning ride leaders are welcome to take the lead.

Group Ride to Irish Fest, August 17th
Details TBD

Campus Resources

Bicycle Lockers

Weather protected and secure lockers available through University Housing.

Bicycle racks

Located throughout campus, most at major entrances to buildings.

Air filling stations

Available inside the North West Quad, EMS, Union and Pavillion parking structures.

Bike fix-it station

Located on the Spaights Plaza, outside the northeast Union entrance.

Shower Facilities

LUB B22/B24
ENG B21/B25
MIT 334/372
NWQ 1561/1565

Campus Commuter Resources

Download Map


Getting to and from campus with your bike does not necessarily require 100% pedal power. The Prowl Line and Milwaukee County Transit System buses are equipped with bike racks. Utilize these resources to shorten your bike commute to a manageable distance or when conditions reduce your safety.

Bicycling & Equipment Information

Commuting Tips
With a little preparation, biking to campus year-round is not only possible, but even enjoyable. Follow these tips for a safe and stress free commute:

  • Tune up your bike. Make sure it is in good working order.
  • Find a good route. The route you take by car may not be the best route by bike.
  • Find a bike commute partner using the UWM Bike Buddy feature on Zimride.
  • Wear a helmet. No trip is too short to not wear a helmet.
  • Dress appropriately for conditions. Be visible and ready for the ride.

Bike Maintenance

Bike Maintenance
There are many bicycle shops in the surrounding UWM area to outfit the new or established commuter and provide maintenance and repairs to keep you on the rolling along, including:

Saftey & Security

Secure your bike
The best way to store a bicycle on campus is to utilize UWM Housing’s bicycle lockers located at Sandburg Hall.

The second best way to secure a bicycle on campus is to use a “U” lock. Learn the best ways to secure your bike with these tips from Bicycling Magazine.

Register your bike
It is optional to register a bicycle with the City of Milwaukee. Bike registration stickers can be picked up at any library or local Police Departments (including UWMPD). Register online here.


Bicycles must be parked in a bicycle rack. It is prohibited to bring a bicycle inside a building or to park and secure a bicycle to any other structure (such as a railing, tree, light pole, ect…) on campus. Bicycles that are in violation may be confiscated by the UWMPD and the owner could be subject to a fine. If the bicycle is not claimed after a total of 60 days, the bicycle will be disposed of or recycled.

For bicycles parked at a bicycle rack in the same stall for a period of 10 days, it will be considered abandoned and confiscated by the UWMPD. A notice will be placed on the bicycle indicating when the 10 day notice has started. After a total of 60 days, the bicycle will be disposed of or recycled.

Bike Advisory Task Force

UWM’s Bicycle Advisory Task Force, or BAT Force, was assembled as a cross-campus collaboration in the summer of 2012 in order to address making UWM a bicycle friendly campus. The efforts of the BAT Force recommendations have informed campus transportation planning, addressed UWM as a Best Place to Work, as well as simply making our existing and near future efforts more intentional and well communicated. Read the report.

To Make UW-Milwaukee a Bicycle-Friendly Campus

To Make UW-Milwaukee a Bicycle-Friendly Campus

  • Enhance the quality of life on campus.
  • Attract students and employees to UWM.
  • Reduce our environmental impact and fossil fuel consumption.
  • Encourage health & wellness with our students, faculty, and staff
  • Augment our safe & secure campus with complete streets for all.