Bike

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 below.



Events / Announcements

Ride to Milwaukee Irish Fest

Thursday August 17th, gather at 5:15 and ride by 5:30 via the Oak Leaf Trail

Meet up at the east entrance of the UWM Klotsche Center

All are welcome! Thursday is a soft opening for Irish Fest. A donation of school supplies will give you a free admission that night. This will be a casual ride down to Henry W. Maier Festival Park to mingle, dance, and enjoy the festival foods.

More information about Irish Fest at irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm

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. Enter in the requested information
  3. Click on “Sign Up”
  4. Verify the corresponding email
Log your miles for July

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


Wednesday Night UWM Rides!
Meet at the East entrance of the Klotsche Pavilion.
  • 5:00PM- Long Distance Ride, 20 miles +
  • 5:30PM- Medium Distance Ride, 10 miles +
  • 5:30PM Short Distance Ride, ~2-4 miles
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 Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) Garage, EMS Garage, Union Garage, and the Pavilion Garage.



Bike Fix-it Station

Located at Spaights Plaza, outside the Klotsche Pavilion (east side), and EMS building (southeast corner).

Shower Facilities

AUP B90A/B90B
LUB B22/B24
ENG B21/B25
MIT 334/372
NWQ 1561/1565

Shuttles

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.

More information at MCTS page and Prowl Line page.

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 can not be the best route by bike.
  • 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:

Safety and Security

Secure your bike
The best way to store a bicycle on campus is to utilize University 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.

Bicycle Impoundment
Bicycle Impoundment

Bicycles are impounded on the UWM campus for several reasons. Most often, abandoned bicycles are impounded as a part of routine campus maintenance. Many students desert their bicycles when leaving campus or if the bike has been vandalized. These bikes are removed after a warning period to make room for more bicycle parking and to prevent safety and maintenance problems. In rare cases bicycles, may need to be removed without notice due to construction or emergencies.

Typically, 10 days’ notice is given when possible before removing bikes for these reasons. Bicycles locked in a manner that impede pedestrian access (particularly, but not limited to, locking to handrails at steps or wheelchair ramps), may be impounded immediately with no notice.

Bike Recovery

If you think your bike has been impounded, contact the Transportation Services office at uwmpark@uwm.edu. Please have ready, information pertaining to the date and location your bike was last seen, physical description of the bicycle and/or a registration/serial number.

If your bicycle was impounded from a location in the City of Milwaukee that is not on the UWM Campus, contact the City of Milwaukee Bicycle Registration/License department by phone at (414) 286-2238, email at license@milwaukee.gov, or visiting the Bicycle Registration website at milwaukee.gov/bike.jsp.

Abandoned Bicycles

What is an “abandoned” bike? Any bicycles left on campus attached to or parked at the same bicycle rack or bicycle parking area for more than 3 days (72 hours) – except at University Housing facilities- may be considered abandoned and will be impounded.

Bike Disposal

Impounded bicycles are delivered to UWM Surplus after remaining unclaimed for 60 days, where they are then made available for sale, scrap, or donation. If you are moving and don’t want to take your bike with you, don’t abandon it! Instead, donate your unwanted bike to a local non-profit program. View the City of Milwaukee Bike Donation Locations to learn more: City of Milwaukee’s Where to Donate your Bike.

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.

Making UW-Milwaukee a Bicycle Friendly Campus

To Make UW—Milwaukee a Bicycle—Friendly Campus

  • Augment our safe & secure campus with complete streets for all.
  • 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.