Mayor Johnson, County Govt Crowley take to bikes to focus on Milwaukee secure streets tasks | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin Bike Week actions proceed over the following couple of days as biking teams, and a few political leaders promote the thought of using for recreation and higher well being.

For the primary time in current reminiscence, and maybe ever, Milwaukee’s Mayor and County Govt rode collectively Thursday to focus on some upcoming neighborhood avenue and park enhancements.

Bike Week in Milwaukee — earlier than COVID-19 put most issues on maintain — sometimes included a experience led by Mayor Tom Barrett from his dwelling, which was within the largely white Washington Heights neighborhood to his workplace at Metropolis Corridor. This yr, new mayor Cavalier Johnson says he had one thing else in thoughts.

“We noticed this as a chance to tour the west aspect of town and spotlight some current applications and tasks and enhancements which can be coming within the close to future.”

Thursday’s riders wait to cross Middle Avenue.

Johnson, town’s first elected Black mayor, spoke at Sherman Park, and shortly took half in a couple of 5 mile experience by means of largely Black neighborhoods. Greater than 50 Black, white and brown riders leisurely wound south by means of Washington Park after which east to about 26th Avenue, earlier than returning to Sherman Park. Legislation enforcement or Wisconsin Bike Federation employees halted automotive site visitors at busy intersections to assist the bicyclists undergo.

Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley joined the experience, and whereas biking, talked in regards to the virtues
of slow-rolling by means of neighborhoods.

“We have to make individuals perceive that that is what Milwaukee is all about. Getting our neighbors out, specializing in bodily well being, psychological well being, and actually simply getting the chance to get pleasure from all of our neighborhoods. Now we have quite a lot of historic neighborhoods, quite a bit nice neighborhoods throughout town of Milwaukee. And so to be a part of the Mayor’s Bike Journey for me, it is a good way to get my coronary heart pumping, but additionally go to a number of the neighborhoods I grew up in. Just like the one we’re in, really,” Crowley stated laughing.

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Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley (in grey) leaves Sherman Park on Thursday’s experience.

On the experience, lots of the streets had been very easy. Others had bumps and each small and huge potholes.

Again at Sherman Park, Milwaukee resident Phil Scott stated it was nice that Mayor Johnson opted for a neighborhood experience.

“I believed it was superior. Received the mayor out right here with us. He is supporting the individuals! I believe that is extraordinarily cool,” Scott stated.

However Scott advised WUWM he observed that some streets want work, and others want measures to cut back reckless driving.

“We bumped into a few potholes, and I hope that encourages them to say, you recognize, we want extra funding to repair the streets. And, if we gotta put a pair extra [speed] bumps in to cease individuals from going quick, that’d be useful, too. I undoubtedly would admire it if we had a few nicer streets,” Scott stated.

Deteriorating pavement is an issue in lots of communities. Mayor Johnson says he noticed firsthand what Milwaukee faces.

“There actually had been some streets that would use somewhat bit of affection. Others had been in fine condition. However general, now we have some work to do right here. I am comfortable to be partnering with our [Dept. of] Public Works, the Bike Fed and people involved with these kind of points to push the conversations ahead. And make the investments we wish to see of their neighborhoods, to make them secure for everyone,” Johnson promised.

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The approximate space coated throughout Thursday’s experience. Sherman Park is the inexperienced rectangle to the highest of the picture. Tiefenthaler Park is the small inexperienced space on the decrease proper of the picture.

Cash from final yr’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will present some assist. The Mayor’s Journey went previous an upcoming pedestrian enchancment mission on Locust St. Additionally they biked previous a site visitors circle to be constructed on Wright St., and site visitors calming work to be performed on Galena and Meinecke Streets and close to Tiefenthaler Park. Moreover, extra avenue work is to be performed close to two faculties taking part within the Secure Routes to College program.

It is a lengthy record, and only one a part of town. However Johnson, and his colleague and pal, County Govt Crowley, have simply gotten a bicyclist’s view, of what is in retailer.

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