I am a nerd, kind of. But, I am also a lawyer, so I found myself reading Milwaukee Ordinance on bicycles. What was interesting to me is that per local ordinance 102-15, the following sidewalks are considered bicycle ways:
- all sidewalks within the Hank Aaron Trail
- all sidewalks on grated bridges that are not equipped with bicycle surface plate lanes
- all sidewalks on viaducts and roadways over Menominee River Valley on 6th, 16th, 27th and 35th streets
- all sidewalks along Commerce Ave. in areas designated the Beerline (sweet name) Bike Trail
- all sidewalks over the Milwaukee River on East North Ave. and East Locust St., except the sidewalk on the north side of the Locust Street Bridge
What does this mean? Well, it means that these sidewalks are actually designated for the use of bicycles specifically, as well as pedestrians. This is important because according to Milwaukee Ordinance 102-7, the operation of a bicycle is not permitted upon a public sidewalk, unless specifically noted otherwise- hence ordinance 102-15, which provide exceptions to 102-7.
So, memorize where it is acceptable in Milwaukee to ride your bike on a sidewalk, should it be necessary for you to do so (and if you live outside of Milwaukee County, well, you probably do not have sidewalks). If you ride on the wrong sidewalk (or in the wrong direction apparently) you could find yourself in violation of a Milwaukee Local Ordinance and face a fine (though probably doubtful).
Although, if you are like me, you are probably wondering why the hell I am writing about riding on a sidewalk when I know the street is the place to be.