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.
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.
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.